Medal of Bravery

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The Medal of Bravery is awarded only for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstance. The medal may be awarded posthumously. All Canadian citizens, both civilians and members of the Canadian Forces, are eligible for the award of the Medal of Bravery. Persons who are not Canadian citizens may receive this award if they perform an act of bravery in Canada, or perform an act of bravery outside of Canada that merits recognition by Canada as an act in the interest of Canada.[1]


A circular, silver medal, 36-mm in diameter.


A silver bar with a silver maple leaf in the centre is awarded for subsequent acts of bravery that would earn the award of the medal.


There is a large maple leaf in the centre surrounded by a wreath of laurel.


The Royal Cypher (EIIR) is in the centre with a crown above it. Around the edge on the left is the word BRAVERY and on the right the word BRAVOURE with a small flower separating the two words at the base.


A fleur de lis is attached to the top of the medal and to the bottom of a straight, slotted bar, through which the ribbon is passed. The medal is worn on the left breast by men or may be worn from a bow on the left shoulder by women.


The light crimson (red) ribbon is 32-mm wide with three blue stripes, (3-mm each), one in the middle and another 2-mm from each edge. A silver maple leaf is worn on the ribbon in undress if a bar is awarded.


The award was established on 01 May 1972 and first awarded on 20 July 1972.


There have been 3,595 plus 16 bars awarded as of 5 January 2019.

There have been 8 Signals and C&E Branch recipients of the MB. Please see Medal of Bravery - Signals Recipients for a listing of the individuals.


  1. Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals, 6th Edition. Surgeon Captain John Blatherwick CM, CStJ, OBC, CD