Order of Ontario 2021


Government of Ontario


The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest honour. It is reserved for Ontarians from all fields of endeavour and backgrounds, whose excellence has left a lasting legacy in the province, Canada and beyond. Members of the Order are a collective of Ontario’s finest citizens, whose contributions have shaped – and continue to shape – the province’s history and place in Canada. 

Members of the Order of Ontario are invested with their insignia by the Lieutenant Governor as the Queen’s representative.

Upon admission, members are invested with the Order’s insignia (a distinguishing mark or emblem worn to signify membership or achievement). Appointees are given the post-nominal letters, also called post-nominal initials or post-nominal titles (letters placed after a person’s name) to indicate the honour held by the individual.


To be eligible for the Order of Ontario, a nominee must be:

  • a long-term or former resident of Ontario (the nominee does not need to be a Canadian citizen)
  • someone whose career, in any field, has had a major impact or influence on the province, Canada or abroad

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who is deceased
  • an elected federal, provincial or municipal representative while they are in office
  • a volunteer
  • someone for acts of bravery

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination directly to the Order of Ontario website, or by mail, by the external deadline.

Please also submit a copy of the full nomination to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted online, using the application form provided on the Order of Ontario website.

If submitting the nomination by mail, send your form and supporting documents to:

Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
400 University Avenue, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2R9

Please submit a copy of the nomination to research.services@uoguelph.ca by the external deadline.

For more information, contact research.honours@uoguelph.ca or see Order of Ontario.

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