Canadian Order of Precedence

The Canadian order of precedence is a nominal and symbolic hierarchy of important positions within the Government of Canada. It has no legal standing but is used to dictate ceremonial protocol.

The Department of Canadian Heritage issues a Table of Precedence for Canada, which does not include members of the Royal Family, save for the sovereign, mentioned in a note as preceding the Governor General. The Department of National Defence issues near identical guidelines, with the primary difference being the inclusion of members of the Canadian Royal Family, specifying that they take precedence after the Governor General. The provinces and territories of Canada also have their own orders of precedence for events of a provincial or territorial nature. They serve the same purpose and are structured similarly, but place an emphasis on provincial or territorial offices.

All units of the Canadian Forces also have an order of precedence that determines seniority; it often decides such matters as which unit forms up to the right (senior side) of other units on a ceremonial parade, or the order in which marches or calls are played at a Mess Dinner.

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