Order of Canada
External Deadline: Open Call
Nominators are advised to contact Ellen Steinhauer , Manager, Awards and Honours, SIRI, for information on this program, if they are interested in these competitions.
They Desire a Better Country
The Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System. Presented by the governor general of Canada, it recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Since the creation of the Order in 1967—Canada’s centennial year—more than 6 000 deserving people have been appointed: artists, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, community volunteers, athletes, health care professionals, innovators and business leaders. Their contributions are varied but they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). Appointments are made for sustained achievement at three levels:
Recognizes outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada
or humanity at large.
Recognizes achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to a province or our country.
Recognizes outstanding contributions to a particular community, region or field of activity.