Order of Ontario 2023

The Order of Ontario is the province's highest official honour. It recognizes any current or former long-time resident of Ontario who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement, in any field, benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world. Members of the Order are a collective of Ontario’s finest citizens, whose contributions have shaped – and continue to shape – the province’s history and place in Canada.

Members of The Order of Ontario are entitled to use the post-nominal initials 'O.Ont.'

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Nominees are long-term residents or former residents of Ontario.

Nomination Process

Anyone can nominate a candidate, however self-nomination is not accepted. 

A full nomination package will consist of:

  • A completed nomination form
  • A brief summary of the nominee's achievements to capture the attention of the selection committee (max. 1000 characters);
  • A detailed description of the nominee and his/her achievements including background/history of the nominee (max. 8000 characters including punctuation and spaces);
  • Written testimonials (signed and original) from at least two additional persons who can attest to the value and impact of the nominee’s achievements; and
  • Additional material in support of the nomination (e.g., additional testimonial letters, publications, media stories, current CV, tributes). Only include additional materials that provide new information and insight into the nominee’s accomplishments. 


Submissions can be made online using the electronic process. 

If submitting by post, please complete the nomination form and send all materials in one package to:

Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
400 University Avenue, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2R9 


The final nomination submission deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2023.


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