Governor General marks 50 years of Decorations for Bravery with an honours ceremony for new recipients at Rideau Hall

September 7, 2022

OTTAWA, Ontario—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada will present 40 Decorations for Bravery, one of Canada’s most‑respected and prestigious civilian honours. The ceremony is part of the program’s 50th anniversary commemorations.

In 1972, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II established a series of medals recognizing courageous acts. In the last 50 years, the Governor General has awarded Decorations for Bravery to more than 4200 recipients: Canadians and others, civilians and uniformed personnel, living and deceased—in recognition of acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances that range from potential drownings and vehicle accidents to animal attacks and burning buildings.

List of recipients

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Rideau Hall Ballroom

Notes to media:

  • To guarantee your access to the ceremony, we ask that you please confirm your attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office at
  • Media are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.
  • Please note that masks are mandatory.
  • Photos of the ceremony taken by the Governor General’s official photographer will be made available upon request.
  • The Rideau Hall Press Office will gladly coordinate interviews with the recipients after the ceremony.

Quick facts:

  • Encouraging excellence is one of the five main responsibilities of the governor general.
  • Decorations for Bravery honour courageous individuals who have risked their lives to try to save someone in imminent danger.
  • Anyone can nominate a person for a Canadian honour. Each nomination is researched before being reviewed by an independent advisory committee or council, which then makes recommendations to the governor general. For more information, visit

Media information:
Rideau Hall Press Office

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