Table of Precedence for Canada

As revised on July 3, 2015

  1. The Governor General of Canada or the Administrator of the Government of Canada [1] [1.1] [2] [2.1]
  2. The Prime Minister of Canada[3]
  3. The Chief Justice of Canada[4]
  4. The Speaker of the Senate
  5. The Speaker of the House of Commons
  6. Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Ministers Plenipotentiary[5]
  7. Members of the Canadian Ministry:
    1. Members of the Cabinet; and
    2. Ministers of State;

    with relative precedence within sub-categories (a) and (b) governed by the date of their appointment to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

  8. The Leader of the Opposition[3]
  9. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
    The Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
    The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
    The Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
    The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
    The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
    The Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
    The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
    The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
    The Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador[6]
  10. Members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, not of the Canadian Ministry, in accordance with the date of their appointment to the Privy Council but with precedence given to those who bear the honorary title "Right Honourable" in accordance with the date of receiving the honorary title
  11. Premiers of the Provinces of Canada in the same order as Lieutenant Governors[6]
  12. The Commissioner of the Northwest Territories
    The Commissioner of the Yukon Territory
    The Commissioner of Nunavut[7]
  13. Premiers of the Territories of Canada in the same order as Commissioners [7]
  14. Representatives of faith communities[8]
  15. Puisne Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada
  16. The Chief Justice and the Associate Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada
    1. Chief Justices of the highest court of each Province and Territory; and
    2. Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justices of the other superior courts of the Provinces and Territories; with precedence within sub-categories (a) and (b) governed by the date of appointment as Chief Justice
    1. Judges of the Federal Court of Canada;
    2. Puisne Judges of the superior courts of the Provinces and Territories;
    3. the Chief Judge of the Tax Court of Canada;
    4. the Associate Chief Judge of the Tax Court of Canada; and
    5. Judges of the Tax Court of Canada; with precedence within each sub-category governed by the date of appointment
  17. Senators of Canada
  18. Members of the House of Commons
  19. Consuls General of countries without diplomatic representation
  20. Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet
  21. The Chief of the Defence Staff and the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police[9]
  22. Speakers of Legislative Assemblies, within their Province and Territory
  23. Members of Executive Councils, within their Province and Territory
  24. Judges of Provincial and Territorial Courts, within their Province and Territory
  25. Members of Legislative Assemblies, within their Province and Territory
  26. Chairperson of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians

Notes

  • [1] The presence of the Sovereign in Canada does not impair or supersede the authority of the Governor General to perform the functions delegated to him under the Letters Patent constituting the office of the Governor General. The Governor General, under all circumstances, should be accorded precedence immediately after the Sovereign.
  • [1.1]In the absence of the Governor General of Canada and the Administrator of the Government of Canada, precedence to be given immediately after the Prime Minister of Canada to the Lieutenant Governor of the province in which the ceremony or occasion takes place.
  • [2] Precedence to be given immediately after the Chief Justice of Canada to former Governors General, with relative precedence among them governed by the date of their leaving office.
  • [2.1] Precedence to be given immediately after the former Governors General to surviving spouses of deceased former Governors General (applicable only where the spouse was married to the Governor General during the latter's term of office), with relative precedence among them governed by the dates on which the deceased former Governors General left office.
  • [3] Precedence to be given immediately after the surviving spouses of deceased former Governors General referred to in Note 2.1 to former Prime Ministers, with relative precedence among them governed by the dates of their first assumption of office.
  • [4] Precedence to be given immediately after former Prime Ministers to former Chief Justices of Canada, with relative precedence among them governed by the dates of their appointment as Chief Justice of Canada.
  • [5] Precedence among Ambassadors and High Commissioners, who rank equally, to be determined by the date of the presentation of their credentials. Precedence to be given to Chargés d'Affaires immediately after Ministers Plenipotentiary.
  • [6] This provision does not apply to such ceremonies and occasions which are of a provincial nature.
  • [7] This provision does not apply to such ceremonies and occasions which are of a territorial nature.
  • [8]The religious dignitaries will be senior Canadian representatives of faith communities having a significant presence in a relevant jurisdiction. The relative precedence of the representatives of faith communities is to be governed by the date of their assumption in their present office, their representatives being given the same relative precedence.
  • [9] This precedence to be given to the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on occasions when they have official functions to perform, otherwise they are to have equal precedence with Deputy Ministers, with their relative position to be determined according to the respective dates of their appointments to office. The relative precedence of Deputy Ministers and other high officials of the public service of Canada is to be determined from time to time by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in consultation with the Prime Minister.
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