Governor General's Academic Medal

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE ACADEMIC MEDAL

The Chancellery of Honours is pleased to confirm that production of the 2019-2020 Governor General’s Academic Medal is ongoing. Unfortunately, delivery will be delayed as a result of pandemic closures, however, medals will be sent to participating secondary schools andpost-secondary institutions at the end of October consistent with our normal distribution practice.

Please forward the name of your recipient once the recipient have been informed at Acmed Form. As necessary, until such time as the medals are sent to you, you may wish to present the certificates that were mailed prior to the outbreak. Replacement certificate, if requested, will be delivered in October

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration. 


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 more than 140 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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