The mission of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame is:
- To establish a permanent Hall Of Fame and Museum for the storage, preservation, and public display of musical instruments and other artefacts and memorabilia pertaining to the composition, performance, recording, and transmission of country music in the Ottawa Valley and elsewhere in Canada;
- To develop and promote public interest in country music and its history in the Ottawa Valley and Canada; and
- To promote and encourage the active performance of country music through the organization of events at which it can be heard and enjoyed.
The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame was founded in 1980, incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1987, and became a registered charity in 1988.
The Hall of Fame annually inducts new members to recognize those who, in a variety of ways, have made significant contributions to the furtherance of country music in the Ottawa Valley and Canada.
Each year, a number of different prominent members of the Ottawa Valley country music community are invited to sit on a Nominating Committee to select potential honorees for that year. The Committee's recommendations are then submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval.
Inducted members (individual members only - not an entity) receive a photographic plaque; a duplicate of which is retained by the Hall of Fame. A photograph of the plaque is also posted on the Hall of Fame’s website along with biographical information on the inductee. In addition, the inductees (individual members only - not an entity) receive a portrait of themselves created by Canadian artist Lloyd Kearns.