Order of Canada

The Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. Since its creation, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Any Canadian is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate for appointment to the Order of Canada.

Who is eligible?

All living Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, with the exception of federal and provincial politicians and judges while in office. Non-Canadians can be considered for “honorary” appointments if they have made a sustained and exceptional contribution to Canada. Members of the Royal Family can hold “extraordinary” appointments. There are no posthumous appointments.

If a candidate has been previously considered but not appointed to the Order of Canada, a new nomination can be brought forward five years after the last nomination.

Motto and Levels

The Order of Canada’s motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country). Her Majesty The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and the governor general is the chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Companion (C.C.)
Order of Canada, Companionrecognizes national pre-eminence or international service or achievement;

Officer (O.C.)
Order of Canada, Officerrecognizes national service or achievement; and

Member (C.M.)
Order of Canada, Memberrecognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity.

Deadline: first Friday in March

More information
Nomination form