Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced the establishment of the Order of Montreal today to recognize the contribution of 17 citizens annually, on May 17 – the anniversary of the city's founding.

Each recipient of the honour will be named either commander, officer or knight of the order.

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Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced the new award on May 17, 2016. It will go to 17 Montrealers annually on that date, the anniversary of the founding of Montreal. (Emily Brass/CBC)

The Order of Montreal "positions us among leaders and shows our civic pride in a tangible way," Coderre said at a news conference Tuesday.

"What a meaningful legacy for our city's 375th anniversary."

Who gets the honour?

People cannot nominate themselves for the Order of Montreal. Proposals need to be submitted by a third party and supported by two people.

The mayor said the honour will go to those who have made a decisive contribution to the development of Montreal and its reputation, people who have shown exemplary commitment to their community and for those with exceptional professional achievements.

The Order of Montreal will replace the Académie des Grands Montréalais.

Past recipients of honours from the Académie des Grands Montréalais will be admitted to the Order of Montreal later this year. 

with files from Emily Brass