Order of Ontario

The Order of Ontario is a civil order of merit in the Canadian province of Ontario. The award was introduced in 1986 and is awarded civilians that are noticed by special services. Each year, no more than 24 people were awarded with this medal. The Lieutenant Governor gets it automatically at the swearing and is at the same time during his tenure Chancellor of the Order.

Structure and appointment

By Order of Ontario are current or former long -term residents of Ontario are excellent, have excelled in a particular area by a high level of performance and success and thereby had the company of Ontario and elsewhere of use. With regard to the maximum number of awardees, there are no restrictions, however, can not be more than 24 people per year will be awarded. The Canadian Citizenship is not a requirement; excluded, however, are people who are currently elected or appointed member of a public body.

The nomination process, suitable persons to be searched with the begins with suggestions of the public to the Secretariat for honors and awards in the province. This consists of the President of the Supreme Court of Ontario ( the same time the Chairman is ), the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Secretary of the Cabinet and up to six members of the Order. The Committee meets once or twice a year and provides a preselection together. Then it selects in cooperation with the Cabinet those persons that are to be recommended to the Lieutenant-Governor. Posthumous nominations are not permitted, but a deceased person can be honored if her name has already been suggested to the Secretariat for honors and awards. The Lieutenant Governor, who is an ex officio member and Chancellor of the Order of the Advisory Council, announces the appointment with a known transfer, sealed with the Great Seal of the province. The new members of the Order have then the right to attach their names the initials OOnt.

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After admission into the Order, members receive the insignia of the Order presented. The main emblem of the Order is a gold medallion in the form of a large-flowered forest lily, the official flower of the province. The side is made of white enamel with gold edging and bears in the middle of the coat of arms coat of arms of Ontario, dominated by the Edwards crown as a symbol of the role of the Canadian monarch as a source of honor. On the back the name of the honoree is engraved with the date of the ceremony. The band consists of vertical stripes in red, green, white and gold, representing the colors of the provincial coat of arms. Men wear appended to the Order of the collar at the end of the tape, women wear it on a loop at the left chest. Members receive two pins and an official certificate for less formal occasions.