Order of Ontario

The Order of Ontario was created in 1986 to "recognize Ontario residents who have achieved the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field." Anyone who is a resident or former long-term resident of Ontario is eligible to be nominated. No elected federal, provincial or municipal representative may be appointed to the order while in office. Groups of people, couples or members of the same family may be appointed to the order.

Following a review of all nominations received, an independent advisory council recommends annually to the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council, the appointment of members to the order. The council is made up of three permanent members (the Chief Justice of Ontario serving as chair, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the Secretary of the Cabinet) as well as up to six members of the Order of Ontario, who serve a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms. The lieutenant-governor of Ontario is the chancellor of the Order of Ontario.

The lieutenant-governor, as chancellor, announces appointments to the Order of Ontario each year. At a formal investiture ceremony, the lieutenant-governor presents recipients with the Order of Ontario insignia. Recipients also receive a miniature medal and two lapel pins as well as an official certificate. Members of the Order of Ontario are entitled to use the designation O Ont after their names.