Categories have been updated to reflect current new home market product types.

Keeping in line with the trends of 2020, we have added focus to our exterior landscape categories, and have added a new “Best Home Office” category.

There is a new category (A7 Not-for-Profit Project) that is a FREE ENTRY to recognize building projects that demonstrate leadership in the implementation of not-for-profit building projects.

There is a new category (G4 Innovation Award: Green Building of the Year) that is a FREE ENTRY to recognize building projects (Low, Mid and High Rise Buildings - Condo or Rental) that demonstrate leadership in the implementation of green building and/or outstanding environmental and energy performance.

Project completion timelines has been extended by one year. Eligible projects must have been completed between May 2017 and August 2020.

The submission date for Housing Design Awards entries has been extended by seven weeks to Friday, August 28th at 11:59 pm.
GOHBA will not be participating in the Fall Home Show, and this years’ award presentation will take place online via a Digital Showcase on Friday, November 20th, 2020.

The Ottawa Citizen’s People’s Choice Award will take place with voting performed online between September 29th and November 8th. We will not be charging a finalist fee for this year, and will not be creating finalist boards as we have in the past. Entering companies will only be charged a single fee of $95 per entry.

With the Awards being digital this year, timelines have been updated to the following:


  • Friday, May 29, 2020 – Site opens for members to login and prepare entries.
  • Friday, August 28, 2020 11:59 PM – Deadline for entries to be submitted online. 
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – Finalists in each eligible category will be announced.
  • Friday, November 20th - Digital Awards Showcase of the 37th Annual Housing Design Awards.

People’s Choice Timeline:
Week 1. Renovations September 29 - October 4
Week 2. Bathrooms October 6-11
Week 3. Kitchens October 13-18
Week 4. Custom Homes October 20-25
Week 5. Production Homes + Condos October 27 – November 1st 
Week 6. Final Round November 3-8