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Exemplary Service Medals

Background

Most countries have, as part of their honours system, some form of official award to tangibly express national gratitude for long and commendable service, particularly in fields of endeavour involving potential risk. Canada’s Exemplary Service Medals recognize the men and women dedicated to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service.

Police Exemplary Service Medal

The Police Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 12, 1983, recognizes police officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. Recipients must have completed 20 years of full-time service with one or more recognized Canadian police forces. Full-time police cadets in training also qualify for the award. Consideration is given only to periods of service for which no other national long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration has been awarded.

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Forces are ineligible. However, full-time exemplary service of former members of the RCMP and Military Police of the Canadian Forces may qualify where that service has not been recognized by award of the RCMP Long Service and Good Conduct Medal or the Canadian Forces Decoration, respectively. The Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Description: a circular medal:

  • on the obverse of which are the Scales of Justice, superimposed on a stylized maple leaf, and circumscribed with EXEMPLARY SERVICE . SERVICES DISTINGUÉS, and
  • on the reverse of which is the Royal Cipher
  • the Medal is suspended from a ribbon of five equal stripes, two gold and three blue; a Bar, bearing a stylized maple leaf, may be awarded to a recipient of the Medal for each additional 10-year period of full-time service with one or more Canadian police forces.

Corrections Exemplary Service Medal

The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal, created on June 11, 1984, recognizes employees of the Canadian Correctional Service who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. Recipients must have been working on or after the date of creation of the Medal, and must have completed 20 years of full-time service, not necessarily continuous, with one or more of the correctional services in Canada.

Service of 20 years must include 10 years as a peace officer in an institution, parole officer or probation officer, or in a capacity which has brought the recipient into contact with offenders in the regular performance of duties.

Consideration is given only to periods of service for which no other long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal has been awarded by the Crown. Exemplary service in any other occupation eligible for award for exemplary service may count as qualifying service. The Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Description: a circular medal:

  • on the obverse of which are a crossed key and torch, superimposed on a stylized maple leaf, and circumscribed with EXEMPLARY SERVICE . SERVICES DISTINGUÉS, and
  • on the reverse of which is the Royal Cipher
  • the Medal is suspended from a ribbon of five equal stripes, two gold and three green; a Bar, bearing a stylized maple leaf, may be awarded to a recipient of the Medal for each additional 10-year period of full-time service with one or more correctional services in Canada

Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 29, 1985, honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service, ten years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks, and were employed on or after the date of creation of the Medal. Recognized fire services include Canadian fire departments, fire marshals’ offices, fire commissioners’ offices and the Canadian Forces fire services. Exemplary service is characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Consideration is given only to periods of service for which no other long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal has been awarded by the Crown. The Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Description: a circular medal:

  • on the obverse of which is a stylized maple leaf bearing a fire hydrant with crossed axes, upon which a Maltese cross is centred, and which is circumscribed with EXEMPLARY SERVICE . SERVICES DISTINGUÉS, and
  • on the reverse of which is the Royal Cipher
  • the Medal is suspended from a ribbon of five equal stripes, two gold and three red; a Bar, bearing a stylized maple leaf, may be awarded to a recipient of the Medal for each additional 10-year period of service in the Canadian fire service.

Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal

The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal, created on March 14, 1991, recognizes employees who have completed 20 years of service with an approved occupational group of the Canadian Coast Guard or with an organization supporting the Coast Guard, 10 years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risk. Recipients must have worked on or after October 25, 1990. Exemplary service is characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Consideration is given only to periods of service for which no other long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal has been awarded by the Crown. Unrecognized service in a profession whose members are eligible to be awarded another exemplary service medal by the Crown may count as service for the award of the Medal, when the requirement for 10 years of service is met. The Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Description: a circular medal:

  • on the obverse of which is the crest of the Canadian Coast Guard, circumscribed with EXEMPLARY SERVICE . SERVICES DISTINGUÉS, and
  • on the reverse of which is the Royal Cipher,
  • the Medal is suspended from a blue ribbon that has a narrow white stripe in the centre, and a broader gold stripe near each edge; a Bar, bearing a stylized maple leaf, may be awarded to a recipient of the Medal for each additional 10-year period of service with the Canadian Coast Guard or an organization supporting the Coast Guard.

Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, created on July 7, 1994, recognizes professionals in the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public, who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Recipients must have been employed with emergency medical services on or after October 31, 1991, and have completed 20 years of exemplary service, including at least 10 years in the performance of duties involving potential risk. Those with at least 10 years of service with emergency medical services may include, in the 20 years of service, service completed in another profession, provided this service has not been recognized by another long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal awarded by the Crown. The Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Description: a circular medal:

  • on the obverse of which is the Star of Life, superimposed on a maple leaf, and circumscribed with EXEMPLARY SERVICE . SERVICES DISTINGUÉS, and
  • on the reverse of which is the Royal Cipher
  • the Medal is suspended from a blue ribbon with two stripes of gold 6 mm in width, equally spaced, and three stripes of Philadelphia orange 2.3 mm in width, centred on the blue areas of the ribbon; a Bar with a stylized maple leaf may be awarded to a recipient of the Medal for each additional 10-year period of service with emergency medical services

Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal

The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal, created on June 22, 2004, recognizes peace officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Recipients must have completed 20 years of exemplary service with one or more provincial or federal organizations that employs peace officers and which eligibility has been approved by the Advisory Committee.

Recipients must have completed 20 years of exemplary service with one or more provincial or federal organizations that employs peace officers and which eligibility has been approved by the Advisory Committee.

Description:

  • The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal consists of a circular medal, with a shield set on a star on a maple leaf. The words "Exemplary Service — Services distingués" form a circle around the maple leaf. On the back of the medal appears Her Majesty's Cipher.
  • A bar may be awarded for every subsequent period of 10 years of qualifying service.
  • The Medal is suspended by a ribbon featuring a band of dark blue at the outer edge, flanked by a narrower band of light blue and then a band of gold with a single wide band of green at the centre.

Wearing: as prescribed in the protocol for Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals (http://www.gg.ca/honours/pdf/wearing_e.pdf)

Updated: 2009-08-21
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