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Canadian order of precedence (decorations and medals)

The following is the Canadian order of precedence for decorations and medals. Where applicable, post-nominal letters are indicated.

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Awards of valourEdit

Ribbon Honour Post-nominal letters
  Victoria Cross VC
  Cross of Valour CV

National ordersEdit

Provincial ordersEdit

Territorial ordersEdit

National decorationsEdit

Ribbon Honour Post-nominal letters
  Star of Military Valour SMV
  Star of Courage SC
  Meritorious Service Cross (military division) MSC
  Meritorious Service Cross (civilian division) MSC
  Medal of Military Valour MMV
  Medal of Bravery MB
  Meritorious Service Medal (military division) MSM
  Meritorious Service Medal (civil division) MSM
  Royal Victorian Medal RVM

National medalsEdit

Ribbon Honour
  Sacrifice Medal

Not included in order of precedenceEdit

Certain national medals are recognized as a part of the Canadian honours system but are not included in the Order in Council that sets out the precedence of honours, decorations, and medals in Canada.

Ribbon Honour
  Memorial Cross

War and operational service medalsEdit

Special service medalsEdit

Ribbon Honour
  Special Service Medal with Bars[n 1]
  • Pakistan 1989-90
  • Alert
  • Peace/Paix
  • NATO/OTAN
  • Humanitas
  • Ranger
  • Expedition
  Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal
  1. ^ Bars worn with first earned nearest the medal; when ribbon is worn, a silver, gold or red maple leaf is worn to show a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or subsequent bar.

United Nations medalsEdit

Ribbon Honour
  Korea Medal
  Emergency Force (Egypt and Sinai) Medal
  Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO) and
Observer Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL)
  Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Medal
  Congo Medal
  Temporary Executive Authority in West New Guinea Medal
  Yemen Observer Mission Medal
  Cyprus Medal
  India/Pakistan Observation Mission Medal
  Emergency Force Middle East Medal
  Disengagement Observer Force in Golan Heights Medal
  Interim Force in Lebanon Medal
  Military Observer Group in Iran and Iraq Medal
  Transition Assistance Group in Namibia Medal
  Observer Group in Central America Medal
  Observer Mission in Iraq and Kuwait Medal
  Angola Verification Mission Medal
  Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara Medal
  Observer Mission in El Salvador Medal
  Protection Force in Yugoslavia Medal
  Advance Mission in Cambodia Medal
  Transitional Authority in Cambodia Medal
  Operation in Somalia Medal
  Operation in Mozambique Medal
  Observation Mission in Uganda and Rwanda Medal
  Assistance Mission in Rwanda Medal
  Mission in Haiti Medal
  Verification of Human Rights and Compliance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights in Guatemala Medal
  Verification Mission in the Central African Republic Medal
  Preventive Deployment Force in Macedonia Medal
  Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina Medal
  Observer Group in Prevlaka Medal
  Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo Medal
  Observer Mission in Sierra Leone Medal
  Transitional Administration in East Timor Medal
  Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Medal
  Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea Medal
  Stabilization Mission in Haiti
  Operation in Côte d'Ivoire
  Mission in Sudan
  Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste
  Hybrid Mission with the African Union in Darfur
  Mission in South Sudan
  Special Service Medal
  Headquarters Medal

Not included in order of precedenceEdit

Certain United Nations medals are recognized as a part of the Canadian honours system but are not included in the Order in Council that sets out the precedence of honours, decorations, and medals in Canada.

Ribbon Honour
  UN Good Offices Mission in Afghanistan & Pakistan

North Atlantic Treaty Organization medalsEdit

International mission medalsEdit

Polar and Volunteer MedalsEdit

Commemorative medalsEdit

Long service and good conduct medalsEdit

Exemplary service medalsEdit

Special medalsEdit

Other decorations and medalsEdit

Ribbon Honour Post-nominal letters
  Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship OMC
  Ontario Medal for Police Bravery
  Ontario Medal for Firefighters Bravery
  Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal SVM
  Ontario Provincial Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  Service Medal of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
  Commissionaires Long Service Medal
Newfoundland and Labrador Bravery Award
  Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Service Medal
  British Columbia Fire Services Bravery Medal
  British Columbia Fire Services Long Service Medal
  Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan
  Alberta Centennial Medal
  • Commonwealth orders (approved by the Queen-in-Council)
  • Commonwealth decorations (approved by the Queen-in-Council)
  • Commonwealth medals (approved by the Queen-in-Council)
  • Foreign orders (approved by the Queen-in-Council)
  • Foreign decorations (approved by Queen-in-Council)
  • Foreign medals (approved by the Queen-in-Council)

British awards granted prior to 1 June 1972Edit

Any person who, prior to June 1, 1972, was a member of a British order or the recipient of a British decoration or medal may wear the insignia of the decoration or medal together with the insignia of any Canadian order, decoration or medal that the person is entitled to wear, the proper sequence being the following:

Orders and decorationsEdit

(post-nominal letters only for internal use by the Order of St John)

War and operational service medalsEdit

Special service medalsEdit

Order of Precedence as set out above in current precedence

United nations medalsEdit

Order of Precedence as set out above in current precedence

International Commission and Organizational medalsEdit

Order of Precedence as set out above in current precedence

Polar medalsEdit

The order of precedence is the date on which they are awarded.

Commemorative medalsEdit

Long service and good conduct medalsEdit

Exemplary service medalsEdit

Order of Precedence as set out above in current precedence

Special medalEdit

Other decorations and medalsEdit

Order of Precedence as set out above in current precedence

Note—Canadians can still be awarded British Medals as well as Medals from other countries but they must first be approved by the Government of Canada. (See Nickle Resolution) These items are worn at the end of the current order of precedence, and one receiving a British Order, Decoration or Medal after 1 June 1972 will abide by the normal order of precedence, not the one catered to pre-1972 awardings.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Elizabeth II (29 June 1988), Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, 1998, Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada, archived from the original on 22 January 2010, retrieved 2 December 2009
  • Department of National Defence, Sequence for Wearing Orders, Decorations and Medals (PDF), Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada, retrieved 14 November 2014
  • Office of the Governor General of Canada, Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals (PDF), Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada, archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-02, retrieved 3 December 2009

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