Commissionaires Long Service Medal

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the Commissionaires Long Service Medal.

Commissionaires Long Service Medal

Commissionaires Long Service Medal


This Medal is administered by the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. The Department of National Defence is providing this basic information until the Corps has the official details available on their own site.

Eligibility and criteria

The Medal is awarded for 12 years of service in the Corps.


A nickel-plated brass (silver in colour) circular medal of 35mm in diameter bearing:

  • On the obverse a natural maple leaf surmounted by a sword, an anchor, and an eagle surrounded by a garter bearing the words "VIRTUTE ET INDUSTRIA" (With courage and hard work); and
  • On the reverse, around the outer edge are the words "THE CANADIAN CORPS OF COMMISSIONAIRES - LE CORPS CANADIEN DES COMMISSIONNAIRES", the center being plain.
  • The medal has a straight suspension bar bearing the words "LABOR OMNIA VINCIT" (work conquers all) linked to the medal by three eyelets.
  • The ribbon is 32mm wide with a dark red central stripe bordered on either side by 6mm of white stripes bordered in turn by 3mm of dark blue stripes.
  • The bar to the Medal is silver and bears a stylized maple leaf in its centre.
  • The ribbon devices consist of small silver maple leaves bearing a sword, an anchor, and an eagle.


A bar is awarded for each additional period of five years of service. A maximum of three bars may be awarded to an individual.


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 Service Medal of the Order of St. John and before any Commonwealth award.
  • The bar is worn centred on the ribbon; if multiple bars have been awarded, they shall be evenly spaced on the ribbon.
  • The award of bars to the Medal is denoted by the wearing of the ribbon devices described above on the undress ribbon.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

Historical notes

This medal, first approved by the Secretary of State on 20 August 1948 (in a slightly different form) has been incorporated in the Canadian Honours system by Order in Council effective 26 February 1998. A certificate accompanies the award of the Medal.

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