Background: The Medal of Military Valour (MMV), introduced in 1993, is the third highest award for military valour and is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces for an act of valour or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. The MMV may be awarded posthumously.
Design: The Medal of Military Valour is a circular gold medal bearing on the obverse, the Royal Cypher of the reigning monarch beneath St. Edward’s Crown and the inscription ‘PRO VALORE’. The reverse bears a maple leaf surrounded by a laurel wreath. The name and rank of the recipient is engraved around the rim of the medal. The crimson ribbon has two vertical white stripes. The medal is suspended from a bar and for women, the medal is suspended on a ribbon fashioned into a bow.
Bars: Subsequent acts of gallantry equating to a further award of the SMV are indicated by a gold bar bearing a maple leaf at its centre.