Governor General's 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 and post-secondary institutions (Quebec and Ontario only) this Fall consistent with our normal distribution practice.

Please note it is the responsibility of each school and post-secondary institution to determine the winner who has achieved the highest average upon graduation from a secondary school and post-secondary institution, consistent with the Directives and any additional guidance provided by the appropriate provincial or territorial ministry of education.

Please forward the name of your recipient once official transcripts have been issued and the recipient have been informed at 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 this Fall

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Chancellery of Honours at

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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