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Canadian Honours - Honour our Best

Each year, hundreds of Canadians, from community volunteers to astronauts to actors to scholars, earn our applause and gratitude. The Governor General presents honours and awards on behalf of all Canadians to recognize those people who have demonstrated excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service in ways that bring special credit to this country. Among them:

  • The Order of Canada recognizes lifetime achievement
  • The Meritorious Service Decorations recognize exceptional deeds or activities
  • The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes selfless voluntarism

Does someone you know deserve special recognition? If so, please complete and submit a nomination form.

Follow the links below to find more information on specific awards, including recipients and their citations:

Order of Canada
Meritorious Service Decorations
Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
The Governor General's Academic Medal

You can also read more about:

Golden Jubilee Medal
Decorations for Bravery
Order of Military Merit
Order of Merit of the Police Forces
The Governor General's Canadian History Award for the Millennium
Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals - Precedence

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