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Rules and Regulations

  1. Each applicant must:
    1. Be a business in continuous operation since January 1, 2017;
    2. Have its head office and main operations situated within the City of Hamilton, City of Burlington,  or Town of Oakville and surrounding areas;
    3. Be a corporation or registered business entity and provide proof of incorporation and/or registration as the case may be;
    4. Not be a not-for-profit or charitable corporation; and
    5. Employ no more than 50 employees.
  2. All business categories are eligible.
  3. Each applicant will submit an application in the prescribed form which will outline the applicant’s reasons for applying and what type of support would be most valuable to achieve their plan for measurable growth.  The measurable growth of each applicant shall be assessed upon the following criteria:  workforce expansion; economic impact to Hamilton/Halton area; first to market with a new product or service; and uniqueness/innovation of product or service.
  4. Each applicant must submit an online application that can be found at no later than Sunday, March 31st, 2019 at 5 p.m. Hard copies are also available at FirstOntario branches in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville. They can be emailed to
  5. The 1Awards panel of experts (the “Panel”) will review all applications that meet the criteria and procedures set out herein and advise a shortlist of finalists (the “Finalists”) on or before Monday, April 15th, 2019.
  6. The Finalists shall make a presentation to the Panel on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Each presentation shall be a maximum of 15 minutes and be subject to questions from the Panel. Presentations are to be conducted at Tim Hortons Field, 64 Melrose Avenue N Hamilton, ON, L8L 8C1. 
  7. The Panel will select one to three successful Applicants from the Finalists (the “Successful Applicant(s)”) for the 1Awards.
  8. The Successful Applicant(s) will be advised on Thursday May 16th, 2019 at the 1Awards Breakfast Gala to be held atCarmen’s Banquet Centre, located at 1520 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton, ON L8W 3P9. 
  9. The Successful Applicant(s) shall share in a total prize up to $150,000 worth of cash and in-kind services. The Panel reserves the right to allocate the aforesaid total prize of $150,000 amongst the Successful Applicant(s) howsoever it deems advisable in its sole discretion.

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