List of post-nominal letters in Canada

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This is a list of post-nominal letters used in Canada. The order in which they follow an individual's name is the same as the order of precedence for the wearing of order insignias, decorations, and medals, as laid out by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Post-nominal Office
Hereditary
Esq. Esquire
Bt or Btss Baronet or Baronetess
UE United Empire Loyalists[1]
Higher national decorations
VC Victoria Cross[2]
CV Cross of Valour
National orders
OM Order of Merit
CC Companion of the Order of Canada
OC Officer of the Order of Canada
CM Member of the Order of Canada
GCVO Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order[3]
KCVO/DCVO Knight or Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order[3]
CMM Commander of the Order of Military Merit
COM Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces
CVO Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
OMM Officer of the Order of Military Merit
OOM Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces
LVO Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order
MMM Member of the Order of Military Merit
MOM Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces
MVO Member of the Royal Victorian Order
GCStJ Bailiff or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (often shortened to the Most Venerable Order of St. John) Post nominals are used only within the order itself.
KStJ/DStJ Knight or Dame of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem[4]
CStJ Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem[4]
OStJ Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem[4]
SBStJ or SSStJ Serving Member (Brother or Sister) of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem[4]
Provincial orders
GOQ Grand officier de l'Ordre national du Québec
OQ Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec
CQ Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec
SOM Saskatchewan Order of Merit
OOnt Order of Ontario
OBC Order of British Columbia
AOE Alberta Order of Excellence
OPEI Order of Prince Edward Island
OM Order of Manitoba
ONB Order of New Brunswick
ONS Order of Nova Scotia
ONL Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
National Decorations
SMV Star of Military Valour
SC Star of Courage
MSC Meritorious Service Cross[5]
MMV Medal of Military Valour
MB Medal of Bravery
MSM Meritorious Service Medal[5]
RVM Royal Victorian Medal
CD Canadian Forces Decoration
British orders and decorations[6]
GC George Cross
CH Order of the Companions of Honour
CB Companion of the Order of the Bath
CMG Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire
DSO Distinguished Service Order
OBE Officer of the Order of the British Empire
ISO Imperial Service Order
MBE Member of the Order of the British Empire
RRC Member of the Royal Red Cross
DSC Distinguished Service Cross
MC Military Cross
DFC Distinguished Flying Cross
AFC Air Force Cross
SMV Star of Military Valour
SC Star of Courage
MSC Meritorious Service Cross
MMV Medal of Military Valour
MB Medal of Bravery
MSM Meritorious Service Medal
ARRC Associate of the Royal Red Cross
DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal
CGM Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
GM George Medal
DSM Distinguished Service Medal
MM Military Medal
DFM Distinguished Flying Medal
AFM Air Force Medal
QGM Queen's Gallantry Medal
BEM British Empire Medal
Appointments to the monarch
PC Privy Councillor[7]
ADC Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty
A de C Aide-de-Camp to Governor General, Lieutenant Governor or viceroy.[8]
QHS Queen's Honorary Surgeon[9]
QHP Queen's Honorary Physician[9]
QHDS Queen's Honorary Dental Surgeon[9]
QHNO Queen's Honorary Nursing Officer[9]
QPO Queen's Police Officer
Academic degrees
DD, DLitt, EngD, DSocSci, LLD/JSD/SJD, PhD/DPhil, etc. Doctorate
LLM, MA, MAcc, MASc, MC, MEd, MEng, MFA, MFin, MM, MMath, MRes, MSc/MSci, etc. Master's degree
BASc, BEd, JD/LLB/BCL, MBA, MD, MPA, OD, etc. Professional degree
BA, BFA, BSc, BSocSc, etc. Bachelor's degree
Legal positions
QC Queen's Counsel
Academic orders, societies, academians
RMC Full graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, of the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR), or of the Royal Roads Military College (RRMC).[10]
CPMHN(C) Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing by the Canadian Nurses Association[11]
ARCT Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (Royal Conservatory of Music)
FCAHS Fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
FCFP Fellow of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (General Practitioner)
FCGmA Fellow of the Canadian Gemmological Association
FRSA Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
FRSC Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
FRCA Fellow of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
FCSI Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute
FRCD Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
FRCPC Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Physician)
FRCSC Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Surgeon)
FRCCO Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists
FRCGS Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
FCIC Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada
MCIC Member of the Chemical Institute of Canada
FRHSC Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada
FRAIC Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
FCAE Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
FEC Fellow of Engineers Canada
FCIM Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
FCASI Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
MRAIC Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
MCFP Member of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (General Practitioner)
MCIP Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners
ARIDO Member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario
OAA Member of the Ontario Association of Architects
MAIBC Member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
See also: List of post-nominal letters: United Kingdom
Professional institutions
AScT Applied Science Technologist
CBHF Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame
OBHF Officer of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame
CAE Certified Association Executive
CGA Certified General Accountant
CHRP Certified Human Resources Professional
CIRP Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional[12]
CMA Certified Management Accountant
CA Chartered Accountant
CFA Chartered Financial Analyst
CIM Chartered Investment Manager
CPA Chartered Professional Accountant[13]
CPHI(C) Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada)[14]
CHE Certified Health Executive[15]
C. Med. Chartered Mediator[16]
Q. Med. Qualified Mediator[16]
C. Arb. Chartered Arbitrator[16]
ISP Information Systems Professional
EIT Engineer-in-Training/Engineering Intern[17]
P.Eng. Professional Engineer[18]
StrucEng Structural Engineer
PGeo Professional Geoscientist[18]
PGeol Professional Geologist[18]
PGeoph Professional Geophysicist[18]
PPhys Professional Physicist
PMP Project Management Professional
GSC Gold Seal Certification[19]
GSI Gold Seal Certification - Intern[19]
ALS Alberta Land Surveyor[20]
BCLS British Columbia Land Surveyor[21]
CLS Canada Lands Surveyor[22]
MLS Manitoba Land Surveyor
MLT Medical Laboratory Technologist[23]
OLS Ontario Land Surveyor
SLS Saskatchewan Land Surveyor[24]
RM Registered Midwife[25]
RN Registered Nurse[26]
NP Nurse Practitioner[27]
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse[28]
RPN Registered Practical Nurse[29]
CTech Certified Technician
CET Certified Engineering Technologist
CPM Certified Payroll Manager
PCP Payroll Compliance Practitioner
RPF Forester (Registered Professional Forester)
RPH Registered Pharmacist[30]
RPP Registered Professional Planner
RPBio Registered Professional Biologist
OCT Ontario Certified Teacher
PLog Professional Logistician[31]
MMP Maintenance Management Professional[32]
Legislators
MP Member of Parliament[33]
MHA Member of the House of Assembly[34]
MNA Member of the National Assembly[34]
MLA Member of the Legislative Assembly[34]
MPP Member of Provincial Parliament[34]


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ U.E. is based on Lord Dorchester's Order in Council in 1789, which was meant to differentiate loyalists from later settlers. Entitled to use these letters are descendants of:
    • Either male or female, as of 19 April 1775, a resident of the American colonies, and joined the Royal Standard prior to the Treaty of Separation of 1783, or otherwise demonstrated loyalty to the Crown, and settled in territory remaining under the rule of the Crown; or
    • a soldier who served in an American Loyalist Regiment and was disbanded in Canada; or
    • a member of the Six Nations of either the Grand River or the Bay of Quinte Reserve who is descended from one whose migration was similar to that of other Loyalists. (Dorchester Proclamation is found at here)
  2. ^ Currently there are no living Canadians permitted to utilise the post-nominal letters V.C.. Since its creation in 1993, the Canadian Victoria Cross has never been awarded.
  3. ^ a b Due to the Canadian Cabinet's adherence to the Nickle Resolution, Canadian citizens do not receive honours that entitle the recipient to pre-nominal titles. However, members of the Canadian Royal Family, as subjects of the Canadian sovereign, may be appointed to levels of orders or awarded decorations that carry titles. Hence, only members of the Royal Family may be appointed Knight or Dame Grand Cross or Knight or Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
  4. ^ a b c d Post nominals are used only within the order itself.
  5. ^ a b When awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, Francophones use the post-nominal letters CSM for Croix du service méritoire, instead of MSC. The post-nominal letters for the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) are the same in both English and French.[1]
  6. ^ Any person who, prior to 1 June 1972, was a member of a British order or the recipient of a British decoration or medal may use the post-nominal letters for the decoration or medal together with those of any Canadian order, decoration or medal. Canadians can still be awarded British medals, as well as those from other countries, but this must first be approved by the Government of Canada. (See Nickle Resolution)
  7. ^ Francophone Privy Councillor's utilise the post-nominal letters CP rather than the anglophone PC. There are several other cases of this in Canada such as Francophone Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada using the letters "MSRC" instead of "FRSC". In practice, these post-nominals are not usually translated from one language to another. A Privy Councillor is also entitled to be styled "The Honourable" or "L'honorable" for life. The post-nominal letters are necessary to denote that someone is a privy councillor because in Canada holding a certain office can also allow the use of The Honourable title.
  8. ^ Canada Gazette, February 9, 1974
  9. ^ a b c d Department of National Defence, Canadian Forces Dress Instructions, Queen's Printer for Canada, pp. 3–7–3, retrieved 15 November 2010 
  10. ^ RMC Calendar, In order to use this Post Nominal, the individual must have been presented with a signed grant allowing them the use of the RMC/CMR/RRMC post nominals. This grant is issued upon meeting all of the requirements of each of the four components, of which academics is only one.
  11. ^ Canadian Nurses Association - Registered Certification Initials
  12. ^ http://www.cairp.ca/membership/CIRP-certification/index.php
  13. ^ http://cpacanada.ca
  14. ^ http://www.ciphi.bc.ca/career.html
  15. ^ http://www.cchl-ccls.ca/default_certification.asp?active_page_id=262
  16. ^ a b c http://www.adrcanada.ca/resources/designation.cfm
  17. ^ http://www.peo.on.ca/registration/eit.html
  18. ^ a b c d http://www.canlii.org/eliisa/highlight.do?text=P.Eng&language=en&searchTitle=Statutes+and+Regulations+of+Alberta&path=/en/ab/laws/stat/rsa-2000-c-e-11/latest/rsa-2000-c-e-11.html
  19. ^ a b http://www.goldsealcertification.com/
  20. ^ http://www.canlii.org/en/ab/laws/stat/rsa-2000-c-l-3/latest/rsa-2000-c-l-3.html
  21. ^ http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20l%20--/land%20surveyors%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20248/00_96248_01.xml
  22. ^ http://laws.justice.gc.ca/PDF/Statute/L/L-5.8.pdf
  23. ^ http://csmls.org/
  24. ^ http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/English/Statutes/Statutes/L3-1.pdf
  25. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwifery
  26. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_nurse
  27. ^ http://www.cno.org/en/learn-about-standards-guidelines/educational-tools/nurse-practitioners/
  28. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensed_practical_nurse
  29. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensed_practical_nurse#Canada
  30. ^ http://www.pharmacists.ca/index.cfm/about-cpha/
  31. ^ http://www.loginstitute.ca
  32. ^ http://www.pemac.org
  33. ^ "Member of Parliament" is used in Canada and other Commonwealth nations to describe members of the lower house of Parliament only. In Canada, members of the House of Commons are described Members of Parliament, but members of the Senate are not.
  34. ^ a b c d In Canada, members of legislative assemblies are called MLAs in all provinces and territories except:
    • Ontario, where they have been called Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) since 1938
    • Quebec, where they are called Members of the National Assembly (MNA)
    • Newfoundland and Labrador, where they are called Members of the House of Assembly (MHA)