The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created by the Governor General of Canada in 1994 to recognize professionals in the provision of prehospital emergency medical services who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry, and efficiency.

The Medal may be awarded to any person who:

(a) is an emergency medical services employee on or after October 31, 1991;

(b) has completed at least 20 years of service in EMS, where at least 10 years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risk, as determined by the Advisory Committee; and

(c) has a record of high standard and exemplary service as to merit award of the Medal.


Nominations received by the Alberta Awards Committee are forwarded to the Advisory Committee which reviews nominee eligibility, and if acceptable, submits nominations to the Chancellery, the branch of the Office of the Governor General responsible for the administration of honours. The Chancellery then submits the nominations to the Governor General for approval. The annual deadline for nominations is November 30th.



The Governor General of Canada website provides a listing of individuals who have received an Exemplary Service Medal. Use this website to confirm whether or not the individual you wish to nominate has received the Medal in the past.

Note: Nominees who are employed by one employer, and have many different tasks attached to their unique position (example: Fire and EMS) may not be eligible to receive a second Medal. For example, if the individual has received the Fire Exemplary Service Medal, he or she may not be eligible to receive the EMS Exemplary Service Medal.


Congratulations on receipt of the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal! You may have questions about when and how to wear the medal or about mounting and accessories such as undress ribbons. The Alberta EMS Awards Committee have prepared an information document for medal recipients to download – ESM Medal Information.