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Order of Canada

The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada’s honours system and recognizes a lifetime of 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. The Order of Canada’s motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country).

Levels

Companion

Post-nominal: C.C.

Recognizes: a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large

Order of Canada, Companion

Officer

Post-nominal: O.C.

Recognizes: a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large

Order of Canada, Officer

Member

Post-nominal: C.M.

Recognizes: a lifetime of distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or field of activity

Order of Canada, Member

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

Description

The insignia of the Order is a stylized snowflake of six points, with a red annulus at its centre which bears a stylized maple leaf circumscribed with the motto of the Order, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country), surmounted by St. Edward’s Crown.

LEVEL
Edging
Annulus Lettering
Maple Leaf Centre
Companion
gold
gold
red
Officer
gold
gold
gold
Member
silver
silver
silver

Maximum number of appointments per year, according to
LEVEL Appointments per Year
Companion 15*
Officer 64
Member 136
Non-Canadian (Honorary) 5
Total 220

*not to exceed 165 living Companions at any given time

Order of Canada Hundredth Investiture Ceremony

More…
First investiture of the Order of Canada: The Right Honourable Roland Michener, former governor general and the first chancellor and principal companion of the Order, honours those who enhanced our country’s history and culture.

Celebrating Excellence: Order of Canada Newsletter

Updated: 2009-09-09
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