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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

The Ordre, its awards and council

  1. What is the Ordre de Montréal?

    The Ordre de Montréal is the highest honorary award bestowed by the Ville de Montréal. It was created as a legacy of Montréal’s 375th anniversary. The Ordre recognizes the talents and achievements of men and women who have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following ways:

    • Decisive contribution to the development of Montréal
    • Notable contribution to the City’s national or international reputation
    • Exemplary commitment to their fellow citizens
    • Exceptional professional achievements
  2. What are the awards of the Ordre?

    The Ordre de Montréal includes three ranks that are awarded in accordance with the scope of achievements. A medal is associated with each rank. The ranks are, in descending order:

    • 1° Commander
    • 2° Officer
    • 3° Knight
  3. What is the council of the Ordre?

    The council of the Ordre de Montréal plays an advisory role. Its main mandate is to review the nomination files and to make recommendations about admission to the Ordre to the mayor of Montréal. It may also make suggestions regarding the management of the Ordre and all matters intended to safeguard the prestige and reputation of the Ordre.

    The council of the Ordre consists of nine prominent Montrealers named by the City’s executive committee, upon the recommendation of the mayor. It is presided over by one man and one woman. The choice of members is a testimony to the importance that the Ordre de Montréal places on gender equality, Montréal’s diversity and the values of excellence.

Nominees: who, when, how

  1. Who can become a member of the Ordre de Montréal?

    To be nominated to the Ordre, a person must meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • Be born on the territory of the Montréal urban agglomeration
    • Reside or have resided within this territory (for at least 5 years)
    • Carry out or have carried out professional activities within this territory (for at least 5 years)

    Montréal’s urban agglomeration consists of 16 municipalities that form the Island of Montréal, that is, Ville de Montréal (19 boroughs) and the 15 municipalities reconstituted on January 1, 2006. To consult the list of municipalities involved.

    Important : The following persons may not be nominated to the Ordre:

    • Elected officials, political staff and employees and managers of municipal, provincial or federal government agencies
    • Members of the council of the Ordre
    • Persons with a criminal record
  2. Can an organization become a member of the Ordre?

    Businesses, companies, institutions, government agencies, associations and other organizations cannot become members of the Ordre. Only persons are admitted.

  3. Who can submit a nomination?

    Any person who wishes to do so may put forward a nomination and must meet the same eligibility criteria as the nominees, that is, at least one of the following criteria:

    • Be born on the territory of the Montréal urban agglomeration
    • Reside or have resided on this territory (for at least 5 years)
    • Carry out or have carried out professional activities within this territory (for at least 5 years)

    The nomination must be supported by two persons who also meet these same eligibility criteria.

    Important: The following persons may not be admitted to the Ordre nor may they put forward or support a nomination:

    • Elected officials, political staff and employees and managers of municipal, provincial or federal government agencies
    • Members of the council of the Ordre
    • Persons with a criminal record
  4. Can an organization put forward or support a nomination?

    As such, an organization – business, company, institution, government agency, association, and the like – cannot put forward or support a nomination. Nominations must be made and supported by two persons, either personally (e.g. friend, parent, admirer) or professionally (e.g. colleague, manager, associate).

  5. How do I submit a nomination?

    A public call for nominations is launched on September 1 of each year. You have until December 1 to put forward a nomination by completing the form provided for this purpose.

  6. Where do I find the nomination form?

    The form is made available each year from September 1 to December 1 during the nomination period. You will find the interactive version on this website.

    Those who prefer to do so may complete and mail in a Word version or print version of the form completed by hand. To request the Word or print version, contact the Secretariat of the Ordre or the Bureau du protocole et de l’accueil, at 514 872-4898.

  7. What is the time frame for renominating a candidate?

    The minimum time frame for renominating a rejected candidate is 2 years. The minimum time frame for nominating a member to a higher rank is 5 years.

  8. Can a person nominate himself or herself?

    No, a person may not put forward his or her own nomination to the Ordre.

  9. Can a person be nominated posthumously?

    No, posthumous nominations are not accepted. However, on December 17, 2016, the Ordre de Montréal admited all persons who received the title of Great Montrealer over the years, including the deceased. This exceptional provision ensured the transition from the Academy of Great Montrealers to the Ordre de Montréal.

    It should be pointed out that the Academy of Great Montrealers was created in 1988 by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, which itself had taken over an initiative by Canadian National (CN) introduced in 1978. From 1978 to 2014, approximately 100 Montrealers have been recognized for their involvement in the city’s cultural, scientific, economic and social life.

  10. What happens once a nomination is submitted?

    The nominee’s file is processed, as follows:

    1. The Secretariat of the Ordre issues an acknowledgment of receipt to the person putting forward the nomination.
    2. The Secretariat of the Ordre performs a preliminary analysis of the file.
    3. The council of the Ordre reviews the file and then forwards its recommendations to the mayor of Montréal, including suggestions for ranks.
    4. The Secretariat of the Ordre contacts the selected nominees to obtain their acceptance.
    5. The City’s executive committee decides on the 17 annual recipients, based on the recommendation of the mayor.
    6. Invitations to the Ordre’s official presentation ceremony are sent out.
  11. Who names the recipients?

    The executive committee of Ville de Montréal names the recipients, based on the recommendation of the mayor.

Members of the Ordre

  1. When are the medals presented?

    The Ordre holds an official presentation ceremony on May 17 of each year, during which newly admitted members and members named to a higher rank receive their insignia. This ceremony normally takes place at Montréal city hall.

  2. Who are the Great Montrealers?

    The Great Montrealers are approximately 100 distinguished Montrealers who have been honoured by CN (from 1978 to 1984) and by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (from 1984 to 2014). Out of respect for this outstanding legacy, these individuals have been admitted officially as members of the Ordre de Montréal, at the rank of commander, on December 17, 2016.

  3. What are the privileges of being a member of the Ordre?

    Membership in the Ordre carries with it the following privileges:

    • Receiving the insignia of the Ordre de Montréal and being authorized to wear them
    • Being entitled to place after one’s name and signature the initials corresponding to the rank in the Ordre:
      1. Commander: C.O.M.
      2. Officer: O.O.M.
      3. Chevalier ou chevalière : Ch.O.M.
    • Receiving a formal parchment attesting to one’s membership in the Ordre
    • Signing the Ordre’s guestbook
    • Having one’s achievements and contributions detailed on the Ordre’s website
    • Having one’s large-format photo displayed with the other annual recipients at city hall, for a period of one year, along the route taken by guided tours.
  4. When and how are the insignia worn?

    The full-size medal and smaller medal are worn during official ceremonies. The bar is worn at all times on business attire.

  5. Does membership in the Ordre carry with it certain material or monetary benefits?

    Being a member of the Ordre de Montréal is, first and foremost, a source of pride. No material or monetary benefits are associated with admission to the Ordre.

  6. Can a member request to withdraw from the Ordre?

    Yes. A member who no longer wishes to belong to the Ordre may forward a notice of withdrawal to the Secretariat of the Ordre, thereby advising the mayor and co-chairs of the council of the Ordre of this decision. Upon receipt of the notice, the member is considered as being struck off the membership roll and must return his or her insignia to the Secretariat of the Ordre.

  7. Can a member be struck off the membership roll of the Ordre?

    Yes. The executive committee, upon the recommendation of the mayor, may temporarily or permanently strike a person off the membership roll of the Ordre when that individual’s behaviour is likely to tarnish the dignity of the Ordre and its members. The person stricken off the membership roll must immediately return his or her insignia to the Secretariat of the Ordre.