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Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes

Current winners: Marie-Claire Blais (top) and John McGarry (bottom)

Current winners: Marie-Claire Blais (top) and John McGarry (bottom)

Photo: Jill Glessing (top)

Current Winners

Marie-Claire Blais

Marie-Claire Blais evokes solitary childhoods, innocence violated, quirks, revolts and unshakable tenderness. She is unable to imagine realism without transfiguration or poetry.

John McGarry

John McGarry is considered a leading world expert in “power-sharing” in divided societies. His work has an important dimension and impact on public policy.

What is this prize?

The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. The prizes are intended to encourage ongoing contributions to Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage.

Prize amount

Two prizes valued at up to $50,000 each

How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a third party (individual or organization).

A peer assessment committee will select the recipients from among all the nominations received.

For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on these prizes, see the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

These prizes are funded by an endowment from the Molson Foundation.

Further Information

Luiza Pereira

Program Officer

E-mail: luiza.pereira@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4086

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4086

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

November, 2017


Prize Amount

Up to

By Nomination

Note that some guidelines are not up to date, and reflect the previous Prize administration processes. Guidelines will be gradually updated over the coming months.

Cumulative list of winners

We are committed to equity in all our activities, including the administration of our prizes.