Freedom of the City
The Freedom of the City is the highest award given by the City of Vancouver.
The City grants the award only in exceptional cases to individuals and groups of the highest merit. The recipient is usually an individual or group who has gained national and international acclaim in the arts, business, or philanthropy, and who has brought recognition to Vancouver through their achievements.
The City began honouring individuals and groups with the Freedom of the City Award in 1936.
Recipients of the award are recognized during a special ceremony at Council, which consists of the reading and presentation of a framed certificate, and the presentation of the Freedom Medal. Recipients have their names inscribed in the Book of Freedoms.
Members of City Council nominate individuals for the award. According to the Vancouver Charter (Section 205), these nominations must be approved by unanimous vote of Council.