3 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).

An order made by the lieutenant governor or the governor general by and with the advice of the executive or the privy council. In accordance with the principles of responsible government, all orders in council are drafted and approved by the Cabinet.


An official decision or order made by Cabinet. Orders-in-Council are officially issued by the Governor General at the request of Cabinet at the Federal level.


A statutory instrument by which the Governor General, acting on the advice of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada (in practice, Cabinet), expresses decisions.

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