About the Order of Canada
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Since its creation, some 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and reflect the Order’s motto: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). Appointments are made by the governor general based on the recommendations of the Order of Canada advisory committee.