Who is eligible?
Nominees must be residents or former long-term residents of Ontario and they must be living at the time of nomination. They do not need to be a Canadian citizen.
No elected federal, provincial or municipal official may be appointed to The Order of Ontario while in office.
The Order is not awarded for acts of bravery and self-nomination is not accepted.
How do I nominate someone?
You can nominate online or download the form:
In addition to submitting the nomination form and a description of the nominee's achievements, you are also required to submit signed testimonial letters from at least two people supporting the nomination. Full details are explained on the nomination form.
When is the nomination deadline?
The deadline is March 16 of each year. If March 16 falls on a weekend or holiday, nominations are accepted until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.
Nominations may be submitted at any time. Nominations received after the deadline date will be considered the following year.
How are candidates for appointment selected?
All nominations are considered by an Advisory Council that recommends the most outstanding nominees to the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council (Lieutenant Governor of Ontario).
How is the Order of Ontario presented?
Once a year, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario honours those chosen for appointment to The Order at an investiture ceremony.
Appointees are presented with The Order of Ontario insignia and receive a certificate and a lapel pin.
- Refer to the nomination form to get more details about the requirements
- Check our FAQ page
Mail: Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
400 University Avenue, 4th Floor