Not sure the Made in Alberta Awards program is right for you? If these FAQs don’t answer your questions, please reach out to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you.

Why should I submit my product to the Made in Alberta Awards?

1. The overall winner, category winners and up to five runners up in each category will be featured in the Made in Alberta Awards coverage in print and online in Avenue Calgary and in print coverage that will be distributed throughout Alberta in October 2021. That means your product could be exposed to a huge audience.

2. All eligible entrants will be able to use the Made in Alberta Awards program logo on their entered product and packaging.

3. All eligible entrants will be included in the online “Readers Choice” voting round. 

4. All entrants will receive 15% off tickets to any Made in Alberta Awards events. In 2020, that included a six-day online conference and awards celebration.

5. The judging panel, including the editors of Avenue Calgary, will review all eligible entries, so you guarantee that your product is seen by experts in your field and the editors of Alberta’s largest lifestyle publication.

6. There is still time left to enter!

When are entries due?

All entries are due by midnight on March 22, 2021.

What is the entry fee?

There is an administrative fee of $100 per entry in the Made in Alberta Awards.

That’s a lot of money, what do I get for $100?

The $100 is an administrative fee that allows us to produce the Made in Alberta Awards program. In addition to the potential for winning the Made in Alberta Awards, each eligible entrant will have the opportunity to use the Made in Alberta program logo on their entered product and packaging. All eligible entrants will be included in the online Readers Choice voting round (in 2020 more than 5,000 readers voted). And, all entrants will receive 15% off tickets to the Made in Alberta Awards events.

How can I pay?

We accept all major credit cards, including VISA, Mastercard, and American Express.

If my product is designed in Alberta but assembled elsewhere, can I still enter?

No. To qualify for the Made In Alberta Awards, your product must be physically manufactured in the province of Alberta. But our editors would still love to hear about your product, email Käthe Lemon at [email protected] and let us know more about your locally designed work.

The materials or components of my product are from outside of Alberta, but the final product is assembled in Alberta, can I still enter?

Yes. To qualify for the Made In Alberta Awards, your product must be physically manufactured in the province of Alberta. The components, ingredients or materials your product is made from do not need to all be made in Alberta for it to be eligible, however the final production — for example putting the pieces of jewellery together, or printing on clothing, or cooking and producing the food item — does have to be done in Alberta for the product to be eligible for the Made in Alberta Awards.

Should I enter my company as a whole or a specific product?

Each entry is for a specific product or a related group of products, not for a company. An example of a related group of products would be a jewelry collection, products of the same type in different colours, or various flavours of the same product. If you have multiple unrelated products you can enter them each separately.

I have a series of related products (different flavours or colours of the same product or pieces in the same collection), do I enter them all together or as separate entries?

If you think your products are part of a related series or collection, such as different flavours colours or materials of the same overall product, or different items from the same jewellery collection for example, you can enter them all together as one product. If you see them as completely separate and unrelated items, then they should be entered separately. Note that the judges may, at their discretion select only one of the items as a finalist.

Can I enter more than once?

Yes. If you would like to submit two or more unrelated products, you may enter two or more entries.

What category should I enter?

Enter the category that you think best represents your product. If the judges determine that a product has been entered in the wrong category and that it is more suitable and more likely to win in a different category, they can at their discretion, move the entry into another category.

Furnishings and Home Decor: Furniture and home decor items for both home interiors and outdoors, including garden and patio.

Fashion and Accessories: Clothing, footwear, accessories and jewellery.

Beauty: Cosmetics, skincare and haircare. Note that wellness and healthcare products are not eligible.

Food – Savoury: Savoury edible packaged food items, including ingredients.

Food – Sweet: Sweet edible packaged food items, including ingredients.

Drink – alcoholic: Packaged alcoholic drinks.

Drink – non-alcoholic: Packaged non-alcoholic drinks.

Games and Leisure: Sporting equipment, outdoor gear, pet items, games and toys.

Craft: Items that are handmade by a single maker, including paper goods such as stationery and journals, textiles, leather goods, baskets, musical instruments, woodwork and more.

Unique Product: Products that do not fit any other category.

Can I enter my product into multiple categories?

No. Each product can only be entered into one category. The Avenue team reserves the right to move any products into a category they think it has a better chance of winning in.

Can I submit my application by mail?

No. All entries must be submitted through the Made in Alberta Awards website.

The Rules say the product must be available until the end of October 2021, but my product is seasonal and won’t be available then. Can I still enter?

No. To be eligible, products must be available through until the end of October 2021.

The food and drink categories say that the products need to be packaged. What do you mean by this?

Entries in the food and drink categories must be packaged goods. Restaurant dishes are not eligible.

Can visual artists submit their work?

It depends on what the product is. One of a kind art does not qualify for the Made in Alberta Awards. But if you produce a product line where your visual art is reproduced onto a product (for example printed onto a pillow or T-shirt) the resulting product is eligible. Either way, our editors would still love to hear about your work, email Käthe Lemon at [email protected] and let us know more about what you do.

My product is technology based, can I submit my work?

Yes, assuming it fits into one of our broader categories. For example, if you make an app-based game, you can submit that under the Games and Leisure category. If you produce a technology based piece of home decor, you may enter it in the Furnishings and Home Decor category.

Are custom products, for example cabinetry, eligible?

The Made in Alberta Awards recognize products rather than companies. If your company makes only customized one-off pieces, they are not eligible. If you make customizeable products that are made to measure or made to order but within an overall similar product design and you can show a product example, then your product is eligible. If every element is customizeable to the client’s desire including style, shape, colour, size etc. the product will most likely be deemed ineligible by the judges. If however, you create a line of products that are similar, with a set of customizations (size, material or colour for example), that product would be eligible. Email Käthe Lemon at [email protected] and let us know more about what you do so we can help you determine if you’re eligible.

When will I be notified if my product is being considered as a finalist?

Everyone will be notified by the end of June.

Do I need to mail in my physical product?
It depends on the category. Entrants in the food and drink and beauty categories will be contacted once judging begins for samples. For entries in other categories you may be contacted at a later date if a judging sample is required.
When will the final winners be announced to the public?
Winners and runners-up will be announced to the public online on the Made in Alberta Awards website and in Avenue magazine in October 2021.
The Rules say that products that were winners or runners up of past Made in Alberta Awards aren't eligible. I have a product that was a runner up, but I want to enter a different product. Can I still enter?

Yes. As long as you are entering a different product, it is eligible. Products that were listed as category winners or runners-up in a previous year aren’t eligible. Products that were selected as finalists, but not as a runner up or winner are also eligible to enter again.

View Judges

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Rules & Regulations

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Made in Alberta Awards

The Made in Alberta Awards celebrate great Alberta products, businesses and ingenuity. By highlighting Alberta-made products through a variety of channels, including digital, in print and in person, the Made in Alberta Awards program supports and promotes local businesses and encourages people to shop local.

Proudly made in Alberta.

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