Monday, 19 February 2018

Victoria Cross (Canada)

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award of the United Kingdom honour system. It was previously awarded to Canada. After canada established its own honour system, the Victoria Cross (Canada) was created in 1993 to replace the Victoria Cross (French: Croix de Victoria) awarded by the UK. It is the highest award within the Canadian honour system and takes precedence over all other orders, decorations, and medals awarded in Canada.

Mostly, in the UK and the commonwealth countries, the Victoria Cross is awarded for actions against the enemy during war. However, Canada has broader definition of enemy as such Victoria Cross can be awarded for action against armed mutineers, pirates, or other such hostile forces without war being officially declared.

Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters VC, in both English and French, and are entitled to receive an annuity of C$ 3000. The decoration has not been awarded since its inception.