Canadian honorifics

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Canadian honorifics are few in number, and many of them are maintained from before Confederation and originate from the British honours system.

Royal and governmental honorifics[edit]

Honorific In French Accorded to Notes
His/Her Majesty Sa Majesté Canadian King and Queen, or Queen Consort So styled for life (including widowhood in the case of the Queen Consort); lost if the monarch abdicates
His/Her Royal Highness Son Altesse Royale Children and male-line grandchildren of the current or a former reigning sovereign, and their wives; the husband of a queen regnant (unless he is also a monarch) So born, so styled for life; married into the family (for women), so styled for the duration of marriage and subsequent widowhood but title is lost upon divorce; so granted by the monarch, for life unless otherwise provided for
His/Her Excellency Son Excellence Governor General of Canada
Consort of the Governor General
So styled while in office, thereafter Governor General styled Right Honourable/Très Honorable only. Consort does not maintain a style.
The Right Honourable le Très Honorable Governor General
Prime Minister of Canada
Chief Justice of Canada
Can be granted to other individuals by the Governor General
So styled for life
His/Her Honour Son Honneur Lieutenant Governors and their consorts So styled while in office; thereafter the Honourable only
The Honourable l'Honorable Members of the Privy Council
Incumbent and former Lieutenant-Governors
So styled for life
The Honourable l'Honorable Speaker of the House of Commons
Supreme Court Justices
Federal Court justices
Territorial commissioners
Executive Council members (e.g. provincial premiers and cabinet ministers)
Speakers of provincial legislatures
Provincial and territorial judges
So styled while in office, unless otherwise authorized to maintain the style for life.
His/Her Worship Son Honneur Mayors
Justices of the Peace
So styled while in office

Military honorifics[edit]

Officers and non-commission members within the Canadian Armed Forces use ranks in accordance with the ranks and insignia of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, or the Royal Canadian Air Force depending on which element they are a part of. Although all of the rank structures of the separate services were abolished with the unification of all three into one Canadian Forces in 1964, distinctive uniforms, insignia, and rank names have been gradually restored since then. For a complete list, see Canadian Forces ranks and insignia.

Religious honorifics[edit]

Religions are free to use their own titles and honorifics provided that they do not contradict those used elsewhere in Canada. This is seen in the use of the title "His Excellency" by Roman Catholic archbishops and bishops which is not recognized by Canadian civil authorities.[1]

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