Order of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador was established and given Royal Assent in 2001. It recognizes individuals who have "demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour benefiting in an outstanding manner Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents."

All Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are eligible for the order. The only exceptions are public officials (members of the Senate, House of Commons, House of Assembly, or judges) who may not be nominated while they are in office. Posthumous nominations are not accepted. Only individuals may be nominated. Groups, couples, or organizations and citizens of other provinces or countries are eligible for honorary appointments.

Appointees to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador are selected by the Advisory Council, which is chaired by the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador. The council includes the clerk of the executive council, the president of Memorial University, and four members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

New members to be honoured for their achievements are invited to a formal investiture ceremony at which the lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, as chancellor of the order, presents each recipient with an insignia that bears the shield of Newfoundland and Labrador surmounted by the Crown. Members receive a certificate signed by the chancellor and sealed with the seal of the order, as well as a lapel pin. The insignia is suspended from a blue, green, white and gold ribbon. Members of the order are entitled to use the initials ONL after their names.