The Order of Ontario is the province’s most prestigious official honour.
The award was created in 1986 by the Government of Ontario to recognize the
highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field. The men
and women invested to The Order represent the best in Ontario’s caring
and diverse society and stand as shining examples for everyone.
The insignia of The Order is composed of a stylized trillium, in white and green
enamel edged in gold, upon which is centrally placed the Ontario Shield of Arms,
surmounted by the Crown. The ribbons of The Order are red (the colour of the
Ontario Ensign), white, green and gold.
Nominees must be residents or former long–term residents of Ontario. No elected
federal, provincial or municipal representative may be appointed to The Order
while in office.
No person shall be appointed to The Order posthumously unless his/her death
occurs after the Advisory Council has recommended his/her appointment to the
Lieutenant Governor–in–Council. The Order is not awarded for acts of bravery,
and self–nominations will not be accepted.
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario invests the recipients at an annual provincial
ceremony. Award recipients and their nominators are notified by phone in advance
All nominations are considered by an Advisory Council made up of the Chief Justice
of Ontario, (who serves as Chair), the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of
Ontario, the Secretary of the Cabinet and other distinguished members of the
Order of Ontario. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is the Chancellor of The
Order of Ontario.
All information received as part of the nomination is presented for consideration
to the Advisory Council in its entirety. The Advisory Council can exercise the
right to bring forward nominations for consideration in the following year.
Original nomination forms and testimonial letters must be received. If you
fax or e–mail information to meet the deadline, you are required to send, by
mail, the original documents before they will be presented to the Advisory Council.
Deadline and Confidentiality
Nomination forms may be submitted at any time. The deadline is March 16 of each year. All nominations received after this date will be considered for the following year.
Any person can nominate an individual for this honour. Please note that all information is confidential and protected by the Freedom
of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
(Please print clearly and complete in full)
1. A completed nomination form.(original and signed).
2. Brief summary (100 words maximum) indicating how long you have known the nominee
and the reasons you believe this nominee is a worthy candidate.
3. Detailed description of nominee and his/her achievements including background/history
of the nominee.
4. Written testimonials (original and signed) from at least two additional persons
who can attest to the value and impact of the nominee’s achievements.
5. Additional material
Include any additional material in support of this nomination (i.e. other testimonial letters that add substance to the
nominee’s achievement, publications, media stories, tributes etc). Only include additional materials
that provide new information and insight into the nature of their accomplishments for review by the Advisory Council.
Please list all material enclosed to support this nomination.
All material received must be in 8.5" x 11" format.
All material is copied in black and white for the Advisory Council members; therefore do not send in multiple copies or
bound versions. Do not send originals of important or official documents or photographs, as they will not be returned.
Please send completed form along with your supporting material to:
Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
400 University Avenue, 4th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 2R9
Telephone: 416 314–7526
Completed nominations must be received by March 16 annually. All nominations received after the deadline date will be considered the
Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of
the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.18, s.4 and
will be used to determine eligibility and to notify recipients of The Order
of Ontario. For further information, please contact the Ontario
Honours and Awards Secretariat, 400 University Avenue, 4th Floor, Toronto ON M7A 2R9, Tel. 416 314-7526.
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