The Canadian Forces Decoration, created in 1949, recognizes completion of 12 years of good service in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Governor General is Commander-in-Chief of Canada and as such, is awarded the Decoration upon taking office.
This program is managed by the Directorate of Honours and Recognition (DH&R) at the Department of National Defence. The Chancellery of Honours, on behalf of the Governor General, is responsible for the administration of the award of all Canadian honours. However, for many military service medals, this responsibility has been delegated to DH&R, which processes nominations for these medals. For more information, please visit the DH&R website.