Regulations Governing the Award of the

Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal


Whether their work is highly visible or rarely carried out in the public eye, the men and women of our protective services face daily exposure to the potential dangers inherent to their professions. By performing their vital duties in an exemplary manner, they improve the quality of our lives and our sense of security.

The Exemplary Service Medals recognize those persons in high-risk professions who have dedicated themselves to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service. The awards are national in scope and are part of the Canadian honours system. These and other similar medals instituted by the sovereign are awarded in recognition of service rendered to the country. They include:

Long Service and Good Conduct Medals

R.C.M.P. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (1934)
Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.) (1953)

Exemplary Service Medals

Police Exemplary Service Medal (1983)
Corrections Exemplary Service Medal (1984)
Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal (1985)
Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal (1991)
Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal (1994)
Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal (2004)

To promote consistency throughout the family of exemplary service medals, no criteria should be added or removed from their respective regulations.

Duplication of awards contravenes Canadian honours policy. Awarding more than one of the sovereign’s long service medals for concurrent service constitutes duplicate recognition. To uphold this principle, nominators should consider whether the candidate has received previous awards for the same period of service or if the candidate is potentially eligible for one of the other awards listed on the preceding page. For candidates whose nominations are complicated by combinations of service, i.e. a peace officer who is also a firefighter, the candidate’s main occupation usually determines which award is appropriate.The medals may be awarded posthumously. The award of exemplary service medals does not confer the right to use post-nominal letters.

The exemplary service medals are administered by the Chancellery of Honours, a branch of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Duly formed committees advise the governor general concerning the award of each medal. Awards are made, on behalf of the sovereign, by instrument signed by the governor general and the names of the recipients are recorded at the Chancellery of Honours. Engraved medals and certificates of award are forwarded to the nominating authority for formal presentation on behalf of the governor general. Presentations should be made at the highest convenient level; however, in keeping with the original intent of the Medal that each recipient receives his or her well-deserved award, informal ceremonies may be more appropriate in certain circumstances.

Further information on Exemplary Service Medals or any aspect of national honours is available at or by contacting:

The Chancellery of Honours
Rideau Hall
Ottawa ON K1A OA1
1-800-465-6890 or 613-993-8200

  1. These Regulations may be cited as the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal Regulations.
  1. In these Regulations:

“emergency medical services” means those divisions of Canadian ambulance services engaged in the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the general public;

“exemplary service” means service, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency, that serves as a model for others;

“Medal” means the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal .

3. There shall be a medal designated as the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal.

4. (1) The Medal shall consist of a circular medal, on the obverse of which shall appear the star of life superimposed on a maple leaf circumscribed with the words “Exemplary Service – Services distinguds”, and on the reverse of which shall appear Her Majesty’s Cipher, and the Medal shall be suspended by a blue ribbon with two stripes of gold 6 mm in width, equally spaced thereon, and, centred on the blue parts of the ribbon, three stripes of “Philadelphia orange” 2.3 mm in width.

(2) The Bar to the Medal shall consist of a plain bar with a stylized maple leaf centred thereon.

  1. Subject to sections 6 and 8, the Medal may be awarded to any person who

(a) was an emergency medical services employee, employed specifically and exclusively as a professional in that capacity on or after October 31, 1991;

(b) has completed at least twenty years of service with emergency medical services, at least ten years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risk, as determined by the Advisory Committee; and

(c) has a record of exemplary service of such a high standard as to merit award of the Medal.

  1. An eligible person who has been a member of another profession may include in the calculation of the person’s years of service, for the purposes of paragraph 5 (b), the service completed in that other profession

(a) where Her Majesty in Right of Canada awards a good conduct, long service or exemplary service medal to members of that other profession;

(b) to the extent that that service has not yet been taken into account for the purposes of the award of a medal referred to in paragraph (a); and

(c) where the person accumulated at least ten years of that service with emergency medical services.

  1. A person who has been awarded the Medal is eligible to be awarded a Bar in respect of each additional ten year period of service with emergency medical services following the twenty year period in respect of which the person was awarded the Medal, provided that that service is of such a high standard as to merit official recognition.
  2. The Governor General may, on the recommendation of an awards committee or the Advisory Committee, make extraordinary awards of the Medal, including posthumous awards, to persons employed in emergency medical services who died in the performance of their duties, where the persons are not the recipients of any other awards conferred by Her Majesty in Right of Canada directly in relation to the circumstances of their deaths.
  1. (1) There shall be an Advisory Committee consisting of three members appointed by the Governor General.

(2) The Advisory Committee shall advise the Governor General on any matters concerning the award of the Medal or Bar that the Governor General may refer to the Committee for consideration.

(3) A person is eligible to be a member of the Committee if he or she is employed in or associated with the pre-hospital emergency medical services sector or is a member of a recognized pre-hospital emergency medical services or ambulance association.

(4) There shall be a member of the Committee representing each of the following regions who resides in that region:

(a) the western region, which includes Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories;

(b) the central region, which includes Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut; and

(c) the eastern region, which includes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

(5) A member of the Committee shall be appointed to hold office for a term of three years and is eligible for reappointment for one or more additional terms.

(6) The Committee shall elect a chairperson from among its members.

(7) If a member is unable to attend a Committee meeting, the member may designate an alternate who meets the requirements set out in subsections (3) and (4) to act in the member’s place. For that purpose, the alternate has all the powers and duties of a member.

(8) If the chairperson is absent from a meeting, the members, including any alternates, shall choose a person from among them to preside as chairperson. For that purpose, the person chosen has all the powers and duties of the chairperson.

(9) if the office of a member becomes vacant before the-expiry of the term of that office, the Governor General shall appoint a person who meets the requirements set out in subsections (3) and (4) to the office for the remainder of that term or for a new term.

9.1 (1) There shall be an awards committee for each province consisting of not less than three members appointed by the Advisory Committee.

(2) A member of an awards committee for a province shall reside in the province.

  1. (1) Nominations for the Medal or Bar shall be submitted to the Advisory Committee by the chairperson, or a designated member, of the awards committee of the jurisdiction in which the nominee is serving or has served.

(2) A nomination shall comprise a recommendation

(a) setting out the date on which the required period of service for the Medal or Bar was completed by the nominee;

(b) stating that, during the required period of service, no serious disciplinary action was taken in respect of the nominee and that none is pending on the day on which the certificate is signed;

(c) stating that the conduct and performance of the nominee have been exemplary and are deserving of recognition by award of the Medal or Bar; and

(d) signed by the chairperson or designated member of the awards committee.

  1. The Advisory Committee shall

(a) ensure that recommendations meet the requirements of subsection 10(2);

(b) ensure that the awards committees have verified the eligibility of nominees;

(c) complete all documentation necessary for submitting the applications to the Chancellery.

  1. Award of the Medal or Bar shall be made by Instrument signed by the Governor General.
  1. Unless the Governor General otherwise directs, the Medal or Bar shall be sent to the chairperson of the awards committee or the recipient’s immediate supervisor for formal presentation to the recipient, on behalf of the Governor General.
  1. (1) The Medal shall follow the Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal in the order of precedence set out in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, 1993.

(2) When the ribbon of the Medal is worn alone, the wearer shall wear a small silver maple leaf for every subsequent award.

  1. A person to whom the Medal has been awarded may wear a miniature of the Medal on all occasions when the wearing of miniatures is customary.
  1. (1) The Governor General may, on the advice of the Advisory Committee

(a) annul or cancel an award of the Medal or Bar; and

(b) reinstate an award of the Medal or Bar that has been annulled or cancelled.

(2) Where an award of the Medal or Bar is annulled or cancelled under subsection (1), the name of the person to whom the Medal or Bar was awarded shall be deleted from the register referred to in paragraph 17 (c).

  1. The Director, Honours, the Chancellery, shall

(a) prepare the Instruments of award for signature by the Governor General;

(b) acquire the Medals and Bars and have the names of recipients engraved on the Medals;(c) maintain a register containing the name of each person to whom the Medal or Bar is awarded and such other records relating to the award as the Director considers necessary;

(d) issue certificates to accompany the Medals and Bars;

(e) arrange for award ceremonies or dispatch the Medals and Bars for presentation to the recipients; and

(f) perform such other functions in respect of awards of the Medal and Bar as the Governor General may require the Director to perform.

  1. Nothing in these Regulations limits the right of the Governor General to exercise all powers and authorities of Her Majesty in Right of Canada in respect of the Medal and Bar.

Manitoba EMS Exemplary Service Awards Committee
Unit 230 – 530 Century Street
Winnipeg, MB
R3H 0Y4


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