L'Ordre national du Québec - Honneur au peuple du Québec - La plus haute distinction décernée par le gouvernement du Québec.

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Titles, insignia and symbols

The persons inducted into the Ordre national du Québec, or promoted therein, receive one of the following titles, in keeping with the Ordre’s three ranks:

  • Knight
  • Officer
  • Grand Officer

They may use the abbreviation corresponding to their rank after their name:

  • C.Q., for Knight
  • O.Q., for Officer
  • G.O.Q., for Grand Officer

The individuals decorated by the Ordre are authorized to wear the insignia presented to them by the Premier of Québec.

The insignia of the three ranks are inspired by the cross and fleur-de-lis of the Québec flag. The ribbon reproduces the flag’s white and sky-blue. The technical characteristics of the insignia are specified in the The following link opens in another window.  Regulation respecting insignia of the Ordre national du Québec.

The insignia were designed by the late Madeleine Dansereau, Québec’s first woman jeweller. With Armand Brochard, Madame Dansereau founded the École de joaillerie et de métaux d'art de Montréal.

The insignia must be worn in keeping with strict rules, which are spelled out in a The following content may contain barriers to its accessibility. guide (In French, PDF, 27 pages, 2,47 KB).

For each rank, the insignia come in a three or four-piece ensemble:

  • Full-size insignia
  • Miniature insignia
  • Lapel pin
  • Ribbon insignia (presented only to persons wearing a uniform)

“Knowing that this insignia would be worn by men and women alike, I did not want it to be considered a piece of jeweller, but rather an official decoration, a symbol of Québec – dignified, simple, precious without being ostentatious – representing the wealth of our culture and resources.”

Madeleine Dansereau
Master Jeweller

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Last update: March 9, 2022
Online as of: September 27, 2011