This is a list of Canadian organizations with royal patronage
. The practice of members of the Canadian Royal Family
giving their patronage
to Canadian organizations stems from that which started in the United Kingdom in pre-industrial
times, when all development of the sciences
were under the direct control of the monarch and exercised by the foundation of colleges
that today form the basis of modern universities
. Today, royal patronage is a ceremonial function wherein the royal will either volunteer their time for service or make charitable donations, in order to help bring recognition to the group's achievements and to the contributions of different sectors of public life.
Any organization may apply for royal patronage, via the office of the Governor General
; however, to receive the honour, an organization must prove to be long lasting and have aims and objectives that will earn the approval of the person from whom patronage is requested. Also, patronage is typically granted to athletic, artistic, cultural, or charitable organizations
; rarely to corporate
companies. Some charities and volunteer organizations have been founded as gifts to, or in honour of, some of Canada's monarchs or members of the Royal Family, such as the Victorian Order of Nurses
(a gift to Queen Victoria for her Diamond Jubilee
in 1897), the Canadian Cancer Fund (set up in honour of King George V's Silver......