Order of Nova Scotia


The Order of Nova Scotia (French: Ordre de la Nouvelle-Écosse) is a civilian honour for merit in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Instituted on August 2, 2001, when Lieutenant Governor Myra Freeman granted Royal Assent to the Order of Nova Scotia Act,[1] the order is administered by the Governor-in-Council and is intended to honour current or former Nova Scotia residents for conspicuous achievements in any field,[2] being thus described as the highest honour amongst all others conferred by the Nova Scotia Crown.[3]

Order of Nova Scotia
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Order of Nova Scotia Insignia on a bow
Awarded by the
Badge of the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia.svg
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
TypeProvincial order
EligibilityAny Canadian citizen presently or formerly resident in Nova Scotia, save for politicians and judges while in office.
Awarded forOutstanding contributions or achievements that bring honour and prestige to themselves and to Nova Scotia.
StatusCurrently constituted
ChancellorArthur LeBlanc
Next (higher)Order of New Brunswick
Next (lower)Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
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Ribbon of the Order of Nova Scotia

Structure and appointmentEdit

The Order of Nova Scotia is intended to honour any current or former longtime resident of Nova Scotia who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field, having "distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavour and hav[ing] brought honour and prestige to themselves and to Nova Scotia."[4] There are no limits on how many can belong to the order, though inductions are limited to five per year; Canadian citizenship is a requirement, and those who are elected or appointed members of a governmental body are ineligible as long as they hold office.[4]

The process of finding qualified individuals begins with submissions from the public to the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council, which consists of a person who serves as the chair, appointed by the premier; the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia; the Clerk of the Executive Council and an individual appointed by the clerk; the president of a university in the province; and one person appointed by each of the leaders of the parties in the House of Assembly, all of whom must be resident in Nova Scotia.[5] This committee then meets at least once annually to make its selected recommendations to the Executive Council and works with that body in narrowing down the potential appointees to a list that will be submitted to the lieutenant governor;[6] posthumous nominations are accepted up to one year following the nominee's death.[7] The lieutenant governor, ex officio a Member and the Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia,[2] then makes all appointments into the fellowship's single grade of membership by an Order in Council that bears the viceroyal sign-manual and the Great Seal of the province;[8] thereafter, the new Members are entitled to use the post-nominal letters ONS.[9]


Upon admission into the Order of Nova Scotia, usually in a ceremony held at Government House in Halifax, new Members are presented with the order's insignia. The main badge consists of a gold medallion in the form of a stylized epigaea repens (or mayflower)—the official provincial flower—with the obverse in white enamel with gold edging, and bearing at its centre the escutcheon of the arms of Nova Scotia, all surmounted by a St. Edward's Crown symbolizing the Canadian monarch's role as the fount of honour.[10] The ribbon is patterned with vertical stripes in red, blue, gold, and white; men wear the medallion suspended from this ribbon at the collar, while women carry theirs on a ribbon bow at the left chest. Members also receive a lapel pin that can be worn during less formal occasions.[4]

Chancellor's Chain of the Order of Nova Scotia, as worn by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia


The following are some notable appointees of the Order of Nova Scotia:

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • Order of Nova Scotia webpage


  1. ^ Elizabeth II (12 March 2007), Order of Nova Scotia Act, 17, Halifax: Queen's Printer for Nova Scotia, retrieved 21 June 2009
  2. ^ a b Marsh, James H. (ed.). "Culture > Awards > Order of Nova Scotia". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Toronto: Historica Foundation of Canada. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  3. ^ Elizabeth II 2007, 20
  4. ^ a b c Protocol Office. "Order of Nova Scotia". Queen's Printer for Nova Scotia. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  5. ^ Elizabeth II 2007, 8
  6. ^ Elizabeth II 2007, 11
  7. ^ Elizabeth II 2007, 14.3
  8. ^ Elizabeth II 2007, 18
  9. ^ Elizabeth II 2007, 21.b
  10. ^ Royal Canadian Mounted Police. "Honours and Recognition Programs > Canadian National Honours". Queen's Printer for Canada. Archived from the original on 23 March 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  11. ^ Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia (2012). "Recipients-2008". Order of Nova Scotia. Halifax: Queen's Printer for Nova Scotia. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Sidney Crosby among 6 awarded Order of Nova Scotia". CBC News. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2008.
  13. ^ "Walter Borden, Wanda Thomas Bernard among five people named to Order of Nova Scotia". The Chronicle Herald. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  14. ^ Moore, Nick; Farnell, Leigha (13 November 2020). "'I have no words': Order of Nova Scotia awarded to youngest recipient to date".