Voting Rules and Questions

How can you vote?
Top Choice Awards receives votes through our website, phone calling centre, social media outlets, email and in person at community events and now on our all new social voting platform.

How many votes are allowed per person?
A voter is entitled to one vote per nominee.

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Win BIG by voting

As great as it is to thank your community, we also like to give back to those who take their time to vote and participate in our survey. As a result, the 2020 prizes included a grand prize of $2000 and many Toppy T-shirts! The voters are chosen by a random ballot survey conducted by an unbiased third party endorsement. The winners are announced and contacted at the end of the surveying year. Contact information is gained through the surveying process, which asks the voter to leave behind their name and email address.

Why is your opinion important?

As a consumer your nomination, vote and feedback is an important part of the surveying process. It helps Top Choice Awards discover new, noteworthy businesses, and helps other consumers in your city enjoy better overall products and services. By helping reduce the businesses and professionals in your city to a select group, you are contributing to a resource that benefits your city. In addition, you are also thanking those who proudly serve you and your community every day. Your feedback during the survey is a critical component, because even though you are voting for your favourite, you know better than anyone where that business or professional needs improvement. In then end, you are not just helping us identify the top, you are helping those on top get even better!

Now that's a recipe for success.

Why should I trust the businesses listed in your winner directory?

Not only do we receive nominations from first hand customers informing us of an outstanding service/product or location, Top Choice Awards also goes through deep measures to ensure that each nomination is a reputable and trustworthy business. We are here to save you time and money.

The following is a list of criteria we review when qualifying a business:, so you can trust that we are only connected with the best in your city.

  • Years in business (minimum two years)
  • Online review count and rating 
  • How online complaints are handled
  • Number of staff members
  • Previous accolades
  • Website presence
  • Social media presence and interaction
  • Location appearance
  • Community involvement

How do I nominate a business?

Nominations are always open, all year round. Nominate your favourite businesses and professionals now for the upcoming survey.

You can submit on our website at www.topchoiceawards.com/submit_nominate, through our social media outlets, email, our phone calling centre, mail and in person at community events.

What cities does the Top Choice Award conduct its surveys in?

Top Choice Awards has been expanding our survey to new business markets each year. Here a list of the cities we currently conduct our survey in.

Canada

Ontario

Barrie
Brampton
Durham Region
Guelph
GTA
Hamilton
Kitchener
London
Markham
Mississauga
New Market/Aurora
Oakville
Ottawa
Richmond Hill
Toronto
Vaughan
Windsor

Manitoba

Winnipeg

Alberta

Calgary
Edmonton

British Columbia

Vancouver
Victoria

Nova Scotia

Halifax

Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John's

United States of America

Texas

Austin
Houston
Dallas
Los Angeles

Get to know Top Choice Awards

With our head office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Top Choice Awards is an International Marketing Research Company, providing social market insights and customer satisfaction analysis and solutions.

Each year, we conduct a public survey that gives people like you the power to choose the Top Choice Award winners in your city. The survey acts like a bridge between you and the businesses and professionals you know and love, allowing you to support your favourites and giving you the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to help their business.

Unlike traditional market research, Top Choice Awards conducts its studies openly and interacts directly with participants of the survey. That's why we're "the award that's social™", because what we do revolves around you and we're always available to talk.

What cities does the Top Choice Award conduct its surveys in?

Top Choice Awards has been expanding our survey to new business markets each year. Here a list of the cities we currently conduct our survey in.

Canada

Ontario

Barrie
Brampton
Durham Region
Guelph
GTA
Hamilton
Kingston
Kitchener
London
Markham
Mississauga
New Market/Aurora
Oakville
Ottawa
Richmond Hill
Toronto
Vaughan
Windsor

Manitoba

Winnipeg

Alberta

Calgary
Edmonton

British Columbia

Vancouver
Victoria

Nova Scotia

Halifax

Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John's

United States of America

Texas

Austin
Houston
Dallas

United Kingdom

England

London

What do each of the Qualification Process points entail? 

The qualification process is based on points system where the business must reach a benchmark of 40/50 points.

Years in business
- Minimum of two years

Online review count and rating
- Minimum overall 4 star review rating. This point tracks how many online reviews a business has and their overall star rating. This helps us to know the experience that past customers have had.

How online complaints are handled
-  This tracks how often complaints happen, and how well a business responds to complaints, whether they reply, how they reply, how long it takes to reply. 

Number of staff members
- Minimum of 2 employees* dependent on the nature of the category. The number of staff members provides insight into how they are able to sustain demand of customers, and also how they compare to other businesses in the category, ensuring that the businesses in a category are more or less comparable. 

Previous accolades
- Having a past accolade adds to your points in the qualification process. If a business has won another reputable award in the past, it helps to know the track record of the company in the industry.

Website presence
- A website is your online store front. Having one means a business cares more for their online presence and how accessible they are to customers and adds points to your business for the qualification process.

Social media presence and interaction
- All leading businesses have a social media presence and are frequently active. How often a business connects with their customers is important.

Location appearance
- How a business portrays themselves at their location says alot about how they are organized. Having a neat and well kept location adds points to your business in the qualification process.

Community involvement
- Going the extra mile for your community is a great representation of how above and beyond a business will go for their customers. Community involvement adds points to your business. 

Is there a fee to be a nominee?

There is no fee to be a nominee and you cannot buy your way into the voting process. Top Choice Awards lists and promotes all qualified nominees as a public service. Not all nominees can be winners, but the nominees are the best in their field and a valuable asset to the public.

Being an official nominee, your company name is listed for free on our site throughout the voting period, where clients, family and friends can vote for you as their top choice. You are also given a free nominee badge found on the right hand side of your voting page in which you can post on your website and link straight to your voting page to make voting easier for your clients. View the benefits of being a nominee here.

Encourage your voters to vote through our new social voting app, www.VoteForUs.ca. The app allows voters to share their vote on Facebook and Twitter with the click of a button. A shared vote means free exposure and awareness for your business. What better online business review than that!

Can we use the logo when we win?

The Trademarked Top Choice Award Logo is available to winners who participate in the promotion system. Participation in the promotion system is optional and winners who decline participation are still listed in our online directory and can make the claim that they are a "Winner of the Top Choice Award" in their city for the year they were voted top choice.

Licensing of the Top Choice Award logo is done yearly, all logos must be accompanied by the respective year at all times as the results of winners change yearly and consumers need to have accurate and up to date information on who the Top Choice Award winner is for each respective year.

Use of the logo without a license is not permitted and will result in the removal of your company name from our competition/associations affective immidiately until further notice.

How can Top Choice information be unbiased when winners pay for their studies?

The studies are not funded by any of the businesses or professionals listed in the survey. All studies are funded and owned by Top Choice Awards and solely based on customer opinions, which in turn, allows Top Choice Awards to become the voice of the people surveyed. After the results are published, nominees and winners may choose either or not to purchase the study. Full ownership to data collected during survey is critical to Top Choice Awards independence and unbiased position.

Why businesses are proud to associate with Top Choice Awards?

Competition is everywhere and it's healthy. At Top Choice Awards we are proud to say that as the leader in the business awards industry we will continue to inspire local award programs to stay innovative and highlight businesses in their city. Read Top Choice Awards' Google Reviews

What is the difference between a Standard and Premium profile?

Standard profiles are provided for free as a public resource to access businesses and professionals that have been voted #1 in their respective city and category. Premium profiles are included with participation in the Top Choice Award Promotion System. The Top Choice Award winner directory is exclusive to Top Choice Award Winners and may not be participated in by unqualified businesses or professionals.

Contact Information

Website Link

Social Sharing

Company Logo

Contact Form

Appear on Top of Results

Survey Ratings

Customized Logo Badge

Company Description

Google Map with Company Location

SEO Visibility

Standard

Premium

What Happens When You Are a Top Choice Award Winner?

Recognition, where it's due, is the core belief at Top Choice Awards. As the people vote for their favourite businesses in their city, others are graced with a list of trusted businesses that they can turn to for everyday services. At its core, Top Choice Awards is a research company. Our studies give consumers the power of choice and allow them to help their peers by providing honest information about the products and services they use every day. In the end, its about them. We are in the business of providing a resource of trusted businesses to the public and promoting businesses that want to take advantage of their award-winning status.

You cannot buy your way into the top.

There are numerous benefits to winning the Top Choice Award and one is the privilege to participate in the Top Choice Awards promotion system. An optional system that helps winners make the most of their award. View the benefits of being a winner here.