The John Drainie Award is presented by the Canadian performers organisation ACTRA at the Gemini Awards. Although meant to be presented annually there have been years where it was not presented. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to broadcasting in Canada.
Unlike other awards which are voted on by the Academy's board of directors, the recipient of the John Drainie Award is selected by a committee of previous winners. Any branch of the Academy's Television Division may put forth nominations to the Drainie Committee for consideration. The recipient receives a plaque with Drainie's likeness rather than a Gemini statuette. It was presented posthumously on some occasions but current ACTRA policy is to present this award to living people.
The following people have won the award since 1968. The symbol π indicates the honour was awarded after death.