Platinum Jubilee Medal

On June 2, 2022, His Honour the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc released the design of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal after approval was received from Her Majesty The Queen. The inaugural seventy recipients of the Platinum Jubilee Medal were also announced in a news release.

The medal has been created to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Nova Scotia) will be a tangible way for the province to honour The Queen’s service while also honouring significant contributions and achievements made by residents. Nova Scotia, along with several other provinces, has established a Platinum Jubilee Medal Program for the 2022 celebrations

The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, and the accession of His Majesty King Charles III, brought Platinum Jubilee celebrations to an end. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal program will continue as planned and conclude on February 5, 2023. This will ensure that Nova Scotians who have shown the same dedication to service and their communities which Her Late Majesty demonstrated throughout her more than seventy years as Queen of Canada, will be officially recognized.  


The focus of this program is to honour those who have devoted themselves to the service of others, especially throughout the pandemic, be it as a result of their job, volunteer work or contributions to their community.      

To be eligible for this honour, a person must:

- Be a resident of Nova Scotia or have a strong direct connection with the Province;

- Have made a significant contribution to Canada, Nova Scotia or to a particular region or community; and

- Have been alive on 6 February 2022, the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne.      


The Lieutenant Governor, Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly have been provided with an allotment of medals, which they can nominate Nova Scotians to receive. If you feel you know someone deserving of recognition, please reach out to your MLA. Throughout the month of June, the Protocol and Honours Secretariat will be contacting various organizations to serve as nominating partners for the Jubilee Medal program.

Partner organizations will be asked to seek out those who have made a meaningful contribution to their community. The medal program will honour significant contributions and achievements throughout Nova Scotia during this unprecedented anniversary year. A total of 5,000 medals will be awarded to Nova Scotians.

The inaugural investiture took place on August 4, 2022, and photos of the first recipients can be viewed and downloaded online. Medal packages began to be distributed to nominating partner organizations in late September.


The obverse (front) of the medal, displays a Crowned effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with her Canadian style and title, along with two natural maple leaves. This effigy was designed by renowned heraldic artist, Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, Fraser Herald of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

The reverse (back) displays the shield of arms of Nova Scotia, surmounted by The Queen’s Royal Cypher and the dates of the reign being celebrated, “1952” – “2022”, separated by a pair of mayflowers (the provincial flower and shape of the Order of Nova Scotia), with the phrase “VIVAT REGINA” at the base, which means “Long Live The Queen.”


The ribbon is based on the next permutation in the alternating colours used for the Coronation and Jubilee Medals issued throughout The Queen’s reign. Blue and White are the Provincial colours as taken from the flag, while Red and White are the national colours of Canada, as taken from the National Flag and Royal Arms of Canada. The colour white also doubles as a representation of platinum.

The ribbon and reverse of the medal were collaboratively designed by Dr. Christopher McCreery, Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor and Lieutenant-Colonel Carl Gauthier, from the Directorate of Honours and Recognition of DND.


- Frequently Asked Questions

- Medal Design, Background

- Commemorative Medals, Background

- Announcement of the Design and first 70 recipients – June 2, 2022

- Announcement of the Creation of the Platinum Jubilee Medal – March 14, 2022


Questions concerning the Platinum Jubilee Medal program can be sent to or by calling 902-424-4199.