Governor General's Academic Medal

Update: Academic Medal Delivery

Work is progressing to create an updated Governor General’s Academic Medal for Canada’s first Indigenous governor general, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon.


Throughout her life, she has advocated the importance of education in young people’s lives and holds the Academic Medal program in high regard.


We anticipate that medals for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years will be shipped to participating schools in fall 2022.


We encourage you to provide your Academic Medal recipients with the certificate that normally accompanies each medal upon graduation. These certificates have been sent to you.


Once your 2022 recipients have been selected and informed, please complete and submit the online Academic Medal form.


Thank you again for your participation in the Governor General’s Academic Medal program.

Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive.

For nearly 150 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are just some of the more than 50,000 people who have received the Governor General’s Academic Medal as the start of a life of accomplishment.

Today, the Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

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