Chapter 3 – Investitures

  1. This chapter deals with investitures for individual national orders and decorations.
  2. Presentation ceremonies for campaign and service medals and the Canadian Forces' Decoration (CD) are discussed in Chapter 4.


  1. Recipients of individual honours and awards are entitled to all public recognition from the moment the GG signs the instrument of award, including the wear of undress ribbons or devices, miniatures and lapel badges (in civilian attire) and the use of authorized post-nominal letters where appropriate.


  1. All honours from the Crown must be presented with dignity and respect.
  2. Investitures for Canadian orders and decorations for military valour, bravery and meritorious service will normally be conducted under the auspices of the GG at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, or La Citadelle, Quebec City.
  3. Details regarding scenarios and guidelines for ceremonies, investitures and receptions can be found in Annexes A, B, C and D at the end of this chapter.

Primary guest for investitures

  1. Orders and decorations recipients are reimbursed for their own travel expenses as well as one primary guest in accordance with CBI 209.9913. Normally, the primary guest is the primary next of kin of the recipient, which in most cases is the spouse/significant other residing with the recipient.
  2. In addition to the primary guest, the recipient may bring three (3) other guests at their own expense.

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