Nominate someone for appointment to the Order of Canada

Published: 10 January 2023

The Order of Canada is one of the country's highest civilian honors, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. More than 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order since its inception in 1967. McGill has over 80 recipients of the Order of Canada. Their appointments have helped to define the national and international reputation of McGill.

If you know a McGillian who you believe deserves to be recognized in this way, you can nominate them for the Order of Canada. Anyone can make a nomination, and there is no deadline for submissions. Any living Canadian is eligible for appointment to the Order. Non-Canadians who have made an extraordinary contribution to Canadian life are also admissible. An existing member of the Order can also be nominated for promotion to a higher level within the Order. We encourage you to nominate meritorious individuals from your Faculty whose contributions have helped to make Canada the great country that it is.

Appointments are made for sustained achievement at three levels: Member, which recognizes outstanding contributions to a particular community, region or field of activity; Officer, which recognizes achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to a province or our country; and, Companion, which recognizes outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or humanity at large.

What You Need for Your Nomination
When you complete the nomination form, you will be asked for the following information:
• Your contact information
• Your candidate’s contact information and citizenship
• The reasons why your candidate should be considered
• A short resumé listing important aspects of the candidates’ career, as well as their relationships to professional, community or not-for-profit groups
• Contact information for three (or more) people who are familiar with the candidate’s contributions and who will act as references

The nomination form is available online at

Nominations undergo a rigorous research process, which can take from 24 to 36 months. When this is complete, it is presented to an Advisory Council whose members meet twice a year to review nominations. New recipients of the Order of Canada are announced twice annually, on January 1 and July 1. To view the most recent list of recipients, visit

If you wish to nominate someone or require more information, please contact meredith.chatman [at] (Meredith Chatman), Prizes and Awards Officer.


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