The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Wearing Miniature Insignia – When and Where

Neck badge and miniatures for a black tie evening event.
Neck badge and miniatures for a black tie evening event.

Did you know that Order of Canada insignia can be worn in different ways, depending on the type of occasion that you are attending? For instance, at formal evening events like State dinners, diplomatic receptions and regimental dinners, protocol dictates that “miniatures” should be worn instead of insignia.

A miniature is an undersized replica of an insignia. While neither the Chancellery of Honours nor the Royal Canadian Mint manufacture miniatures, you can purchase them from any number of private suppliers across the country.

Neck badge on bow and miniatures for a long or short dress evening event.
Neck badge on bow and miniatures for a long or short dress evening event.

If you are planning to acquire an Order of Canada miniature, please contact the Chancellery before ordering. We can provide you with a technical drawing of the insignia, which will help ensure that your supplier produces a high-quality product. To submit a request for a technical drawing, please contact OrdersAdmin@gg.ca.

To learn more on the wearing of insignia, please download the Guide for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals (3.99MB – PDF).