Canadian Centennial Medal
The official description, eligibility, criteria and history of the 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 CONFEDERATION with the word CANADA being 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.
There is no bar to this medal.
The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner:
- on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the INTERFET medal and before the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal.
The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.
There were 29 500 issued, of which 8 500 were awarded to members of the Canadian Forces.
The medal was designed by Bruce Beatty.
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