Learn how to address government officials, including the use of “The Honourable.”
On this page Skip this page navigation
One of the fundamental tools for communicating with someone is knowing what to call them in verbal and written communication.
The purpose of names, titles and forms of address is to know how to refer to someone when:
- speaking directly to them in conversation
- speaking about the person as in a platform introduction
- writing to them (for example, names in an address on an envelope and letter salutations)
- preparing place cards, name badges and table tent cards
Addressing the premier or cabinet ministers
“The Honourable” is used when addressing the premier and/or a cabinet minister. The title can be shortened to “The Hon.” (for example, “The Hon. [first and last name], Premier of Ontario”).
Salutations should read:
- “Dear Premier” or “Dear Premier [last name]”
- “Dear Minister” or “Dear Minister [last name]”
The premier or cabinet ministers do not keep the title of “The Honourable” after leaving office.
A premier only retains the title of “The Honourable” for life if the federal government makes them a member of the Queen’s Privy Council.
Addressing other officials
Updated: July 29, 2022
Published: July 29, 2022