Hazel McCallion Appointed to the Order of Ontario

Published on January 01, 2021

The Order of Ontario honours exceptional achievement

MISSISSAUGA ― Ontario has appointed former Mayor Hazel McCallion to the Order of Ontario.

“As Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, it is with great pride that I congratulate the 2019 and 2020 Order of Ontario appointees,” said Her Honour, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “The announcement on January 1 is special. New Year’s Day is a day for reflection, rejuvenation, and re-setting of goals and priorities. We have seen the best of Ontarians this year, and many of these new appointees are being honoured for a lifetime of service to this province, laying the groundwork of resilience and community that each one of us was called to act upon in this historic global pandemic. Let these appointees inspire you and encourage you to honour those around you by nominating them to be recognized by the province. We have much to be proud of.”

The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest honour. It honours individuals whose exceptional achievements have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Members of the Order of Ontario come from all walks of life, represent diverse fields of endeavour, and have played an important role in shaping the province.

The longest-serving mayor in the history of the City of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion served as the fifth mayor from 1978 to 2014. She is a fearless trailblazer and ceiling-breaker for women in hockey, women in politics, political leaders, and seniors. Known lovingly as “Hurricane Hazel,” she is now the first Chancellor of Sheridan College.

“This appointment recognizes a true champion for the City of Mississauga and the Province of Ontario,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “No one embodies the Ontario spirit more than Hazel McCallion, who has dedicated her life to public service ever since she was first elected fifty years ago. I'm proud to call her a friend, and thankful for her legacy and her leadership, which continues to be an inspiration to everyone who seeks to make a difference in their communities, both in Canada and around the world.”

Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, with Mayor Hazel McCallion
(Note: Picture was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.)

“The Ontario government is proud to recognize and congratulate the 2019 and 2020 Order of Ontario appointees,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “These exceptional individuals inspire us and represent the very best of our great province. I ask all Ontarians to join me in honouring them and celebrating their accomplishments.”

The Lieutenant Governor will bestow the honour upon Mayor McCallion and 46 other appointees for 2019 and 2020 during an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park, at a point in time in the future, when the Chief Medical Officer of Health deems gatherings possible once again in the province.


Quick Facts

  • 798 individuals have been appointed to the Order of Ontario since its establishment in 1986.
  • Appointments to the Order are made on the recommendation of an independent advisory council based on nominations put forward by the public.
  • The nomination deadline is March 31 each year. You can nominate a long-term resident or former resident of Ontario for the 2021 Order of Ontario here.


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