The Queen Elizabeth IIís Diamond Jubilee Medal

The Order of Military Merit


On 3 Feb 2011, it was announced that a Diamond Jubilee Medal would be struck to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne as Queen of Canada. The medal is a tangible way to honour Her Majesty for her dedicated service to this country and at the same time, to honour the contributions and achievements made by Canadians, representing the full breadth of our society. The inaugural presentation ceremony for the medal took place on 6th February 2012 at Rideau Hall.

During the year of celebration, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. The medal is administered by the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall.

The list of partners in this medal program and their allocation of medals have been confirmed. 11,000 medals have been set aside to recognize the achievements of the Canadian Forces (CF). The military selection criteria is based on merit and includes guidelines to ensure the recipients will be representative of the entire CF population, Regular and Reserve, including Cadet Instructors, Canadian Rangers and holders of Honorary Appointments.

Of the 4,000 medals allotted to recognize public servants, a proportion has been assigned to honour civilian employees of DND. The Corporate Awards and Recognition Team will be responsible for coordinating the allocation and distribution of medals in accordance with the national criteria and selection guidelines to ensure that recipients reflect the diversity of the department and the full breadth of Canadian society.

Eligibility Criteria:

The national criteria require that candidates must:

Nomination Process within the CF

Using a process similar to that which is used for the Order of Military Merit (ORMM), each of the five nominating commands, namely Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (serving as an umbrella command for all commands and groups not falling under the other four commands), Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and Chief Military Personnel, have been given an allocation corresponding to their demographic weight. 

The nominating commands will solicit nominations from their units and formations.

CF members must meet the national criteria and must:

The Directorate - Honours & Recognition (DH&R) will compile lists of candidates from the commands.  The target deadline for submissions to DH&R is no later than 1 Jul 2012.

Once approved by the Governor General’s Office, the medals for the military will be dispatched by DH&R to the recipient’s Unit Records Support (URS) for presentation throughout the jubilee year.

Once the medal is received at the unit, the award is to be annotated in the member’s personnel file and Member Personnel Record Résumé (MPRR).

Additional information regarding this medal can be found through the following resources: