This is a free database of recipients of military medals, honors, and awards in Canada from 1812 to 1969 and is provided by Library and Archives Canada. These records can be very useful in family history and genealogy research because there are no service records for Canadian military in the 1800s other than these military honors. There are more military honors in the process of being added to this database.
“Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds medal registers, citation cards and the records of various military awards. As there are no service files for the Canadian military in the 1800s, those records often provide the only proof of service for 19th century conflicts. Many of the medals were awarded to recognize active service rather than acts of bravery. For example, all those who served in the North West Rebellion, 1885, were entitled to the North West Canada Medal. The names of the recipients of the Queen’s South African Medal are indexed in our South African War database and the registers have been digitized. Many of the medal registers are very fragile, oversized ledgers, some of which (such as those available on microfilm) have been digitized. A number of the medals registers have been indexed and included in this database (see below).”
See the link for which records are included so far and which records remain to be digitized. Searches can be performed by surname, given name, regiment, rank, regimental or service number, and event or time period.