Canadian Centennial Medal

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the Canadian Centennial Medal.

Canadian Centennial Medal

Canadian Centennial Medal


This medal commemorates the Centennial of Canada's Confederation in 1867 and was awarded to people recommended by governments and associations. This commemorative medal program is now closed. This medal is administered by the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall.

Eligibility and criteria

Canadian Forces members were recommended by the Chief of Defence Staff to the Government of Canada. This medal program is now closed.


A circular silver medal 1.42 inches (36 mm) in diameter with a thin plain raised rim:

  • On the obverse The Royal Cypher EIIR surmounted by a crown is superimposed on a large single maple leaf. The inscription around the circumference reads “CONFEDERATION CANADA CONFÉDÉRATION” with the word “CANADA” at the top of the medal.
  • On the reverse The Coat of Arms of Canada with the dates 1867 – 1967 located under the Coat of Arms. A wide triangular fixed suspender (0.1875" high) is attached to the medal by a prominent single-toe claw.
  • The ribbon is white with red edges and four equally spaced red stripes between the red edges: the red and white are the official colours of Canada as appointed by King George V in 1921, the red borders and white center are inspired by the new Canadian flag approved two years before the creation of this medal, and the four thin red stripes each represent a quarter century for one hundred years.

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