Order of Canada

The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation, in all sectors of Canadian society. The Order of Canada's motto is Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam: “They desire a better country.” 

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1. Nominators: Any person or group may nominate
2. Nominees: Any Canadian citizen may be appointed to the Order 

Nomination Process

It takes 1 to 1.5 years for nominations to be processed by the Advisory Council. Approximately 700-800 applications are received each year.  Advisory Council consists of the Chief Justice of Canada, the Clerk of the Privy Council, the Deputy Minister of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Chairperson of the Canada Council, the President of the Royal Society of Canada, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and five additional appointed members.

A full nomination package will consist of:

  • A completed online nomination form;
  • The rationale for the nomination;
  • A resume including professional activities/occupations, active participation in organizations, official honours/awards, and other related information that might assist the Advisory Council in making its decision; and
  • Three references who could support the nomination and provide details about why the nominee deserves the honour. They must be familiar with the achievements of the nominee.

The completed form and attachments are mailed to:

Governor General of Canada
Attention: Director of Honours
The Chancellery of Honours
Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A1

Postage is paid if mailed in Canada; no stamp is required.


The Order of Canada is an open competition with a rolling deadline.


Julaine Hall
Research Development Consultant, Awards & Distinctions
Telephone: 519-661-2111 (ext. 87970)