Governor General of Canada / Gouverneur général du Canadaa



Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem


The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem is a working order of charitably minded men and women whose philanthropy is expressed principally through its two foundations, the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and St. John Ambulance. The Order traces its origins to the Knights Hospitaller, of the Crusades, who served the Abbey of St. Mary’s small hospital for sick pilgrims in Jerusalem in the 12th century. The Order was brought into the Canadian Honours System in 1995.

St. John Ambulance

St. John Ambulance Canada is a charitable organization whose mission is to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life, by providing training and community service. In addition, the organization supports the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem by providing for the services of a surgeon, and by supplying optical equipment and funds for special projects.

Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of JerusalemGrades

Grades in the Order are:

  • Knight or Dame;
  • Commander;
  • Officer; and
  • Serving Member.


The insignia for all grades of the Order consists of a Maltese cross, embellished alternately in each of its principal angles with a lion and a unicorn. The four arms of the cross symbolize the virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Justice and Fortitude.

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Quick Facts

Sovereign of the Order: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Prior and Chief Officer: Governor General
Established: In 1888, by Queen Victoria

Created: 2002-09-27
Updated: 2005-12-06
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