The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
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Honours

Granting honours is a gracious, tangible and lasting way to pay tribute to people whose achievements are exceptional, who have performed outstanding acts of bravery, or who have benefited Canada or humanity in general.

One of the Governor General’s responsibilities is to recognize and reward those people in the name of all Canadians.

The Canadian Honours System and the Governor General’s Awards, administered by the Chancellery of Honours, can all be found in this section.

Canadian Honours System

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.

Each year, hundreds of Canadians earn our applause and gratitude: from community volunteers to astronauts, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens. Our Canadian Honours System gives them the opportunity to join an order or to be granted a decoration or a medal in recognition for their tremendous contributions to our society.

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The Creation of Honours (PDF)


If you have any questions or comments on Honours, contact the Chancellery of Honours.

  • By Email: Submission Form
  • By Phone: 613-993-8200
  • Toll-free in Canada and the United States: 1-800-465-6890
  • By Fax: 613-998-8760
  • By Mail: Chancellery of Honours, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A1
Date modified: February 6, 2014