Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic is limiting our capacity to deal with anniversary greeting applications. The Anniversaries Unit is currently unable to deliver greetings, but is still accepting requests. We are sorry for the disappointment this may cause and look forward to resuming service as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Greetings from the Governor General
The Governor General sends birthday greetings to Canadians who are 90 years of age or older and to couples who are celebrating an anniversary of 50 years or more.
If the anniversary or birthday has already taken place, the message from the Governor General may be backdated up to 12 months.
Greetings from The Queen
Her Majesty The Queen sends birthday greetings to Canadians who are 100 years of age or older and to couples who are celebrating an anniversary of 60 years or more.
If the anniversary or birthday has already taken place, the message from The Queen may be backdated up to 6 months.
Delivery of Greetings
Greetings from the Governor General and The Queen are issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG).
Requests must be received by the OSGG at least eight (8) weeks prior to the required delivery date. While we are pleased to accept requests with less than the required notice, we cannot guarantee that the messages will be provided by the required date. You may submit your request as early as one year before the anniversary date.
Greetings will be mailed approximately one (1) month before the anniversary date, unless otherwise specified by the requester.
Upon request, greetings will be sent every five (5) years for birthdays starting at 90 and anniversaries starting at 50, then every year for birthdays starting at 100 and anniversaries starting at 70.
It is no longer necessary to provide proof of birth or marriage to receive greetings from The Queen.
To request greetings, please fill out the Request Form for Birthday and Anniversary Greetings online.
You may also print the Request for Birthday and Anniversary Greetings from the Governor General and Her Majesty The Queen, complete it and send it by fax to 613-990-7636 or by regular mail (no postage necessary) to
Office of the Secretary to the Governor General
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0A1
To avoid duplication, please choose only one method to submit your request.