Nothing is ready until it’s packaged properly

With that in mind, Designedge Canada is pleased to announce our first Packaging Awards to recognize and champion excellence in packaging design and innovation. The awards are open to anyone in Canada who designs or produces packaging solutions.

These can include boxes, bags, point-of-purchase materials, labels, tags, or containers that have been decorated using various applications.

Choice of packaging materials is unlimited.

Each entry will be assessed by a panel of judges selected from the industry. The entries will be judged for creativity, effectiveness, and innovation.

A Gold and a Silver prize will be awarded in each category, except the Best of Show and Editors choice awards.

Special awards

Two special-recognition prizes will be awarded. Winners will be selected from all entries received.

Best of show – highest scoring entry
Editors choice – chosen by editorial team of Designedge Canada


Early bird deadline: June 3, 2016
Final deadline: July 4, 2016. All mailed items must be received by this date.
Deadline extension: The final deadline to enter the inaugural edition of the Packaging Awards is now Friday, August 5, 2016. All mailed items must be received by this date.


  • All entered work must have been produced between January 1, 2015, and June 3, 2016 and must have been produced by a Canadian-based firm or designer.
  • All entry forms are completed and submitted online.
  • Submit actual hard-copy versions of all entries, unless entry is oversize.
  • All mailed-in pieces should be accompanied with a printout of the completed corresponding entry form. (NOTE: Do not directly label hard copy submissions with contact names, company name, address, or company logo. Simply include all information on the completed entry form attached to the submission.)
  • Entries and submissions cannot be returned once entered.
  • Any entries in languages other than French or English must include a brief English translation.
  • By submitting entries, you permit Designedge Canada to publish your entered work in print and online for related promotional purposes.
  • By submitting entries, you assume responsibility for any copyright concerns on the part of your client(s) or other copyright holders.
  • Judges may disqualify an entry or change the category of an entry after deliberation; entrants will be notified of any changes.
  • All submissions must receive a minimum benchmark score in order to qualify as a finalist or winner; in categories where no submissions reach the benchmark, no prize will be awarded.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.
  • All entries must be accompanied with an entry description: Maximum 450 words for Special Categories; maximum 350 words for Regular Categories.


Special Categories

The Packaging Awards will ask for entries in three special categories

Production innovation/ Technical achievement*
Any packaging that demonstrates innovation in design, manufacturing, use of substrate, or technical achievement

Sustainable packaging*
Any packaging that demonstrates a positive contribution to sustainability through recycling, reduction of waste, materials used, or other attributes.

Student work
Work from students enrolled in a college or university in Canada.

(Entries from the regular categories (listed below) can also be entered in these special categories, but they must be accompanied by a maximum 450-word explanation of how of how the entries meet the criteria. The entry fee applies to these categories.)

Regular Categories

Entries may be made in the following categories

Food – fresh and packaged
Vegetables, fruits, prepared foods, dried foods, candies, snacks

Beverage – alcoholic and non-alcoholic
Beer, wine, juices, water, protein drinks, sports drinks, coffee, tea,

Pharmaceutical, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, supplements, medicinal ointments, cold and fever remedies

Makeup, skin care, body lotions, nail polish and nail accessories, hair colour, fragrance

Personal Care
Soaps, shampoos and hair care, sun protection, tissues, eye care, dental care, nail care, deodorants, shaving needs, personal hygiene

Fashion and Accessories
Clothes, shoes, jewellery, accessories, bags, beauty tools

Music and Entertainment
Cds, DVDs, movies, video games

Computers, Software & Electronics
Computers, phones, software, printers, cameras, accessories, phone covers

Toys and games
Toys, children’s games

Home and Garden
Cleaning products, tools, housewares, décor, plants and plant products, gardening products, automobile products,

Clothing, equipment, accessories, uniforms

Animals and Pets
Food, toys, accessories, dietary supplements, clothing, grooming products

Books, special edition sets, limited edition cases, pens, paper, notebooks

Pop displays, counter displays

Specialty products that may not fit in any of the above categories


  RGD, GDC and SDGQ members Regular entry
Professional categories $90 $100
Student $20 $25

Professionals: For every 10 entries, get another 1 free
Students: For every 20 entries, get another 5 free


Mail Entries to:
Designedge Packaging Awards

560 Hensall Circle,
Mississauga, Ontario
L5A 1Y1

Online Entry
All entry forms and payment are submitted online.

Important Note
Once you hit submit and complete your payment, your account is closed. To submit more entries, you must open a new account.


Winners of the Designedge Packaging Awards will receive the following recognition:
• Inclusion in the Fall issue of Designedge Canada, distributed to the entire national circulation list and at design events including DesignThinkers 2016
• A Designedge Packaging Awards printed certificate
• Use of the Designedge Packaging Awards logo for print and online promotional purposes
• Inclusion on the Designedge Packaging website Gallery of Winners