The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario

The Grand Lodge has jurisdiction over 578 Masonic lodges located in the province of Ontario , currently numbering around 46,000 members. The Grand Lodge is in full amity and recognition with United Grand Lodge of England

Grand Lodge is ruled and governed by the Grand Master with the assistance of Deputy Grand Master. Both are elected by the brethren for a two-year term. The craft lodges under the jurisdiction are organized into 38 districts each headed by a District Deputy Grand Master. The entire operation is overseen by the Board consisting of elected and appointed brethren.

A member hailing from a Lodge under warrant from any recognized Grand Lodge may be received as a visitor, if he can prove himself to be a member in good standing.

History of The Grand Lodge in Canada

On the 10th of October, 1855, a meeting of lodges was held in Hamilton. Each of the more than 80 lodges in Canada were invited and 41, representing Masons from Montreal to Windsor, attended.A resolution calling for the formation of a Grand Lodge for Canada, free from the Mother Grand Lodge, was ruled out of order by Deputy Grand Master Ridout. (Sir Allan Napier MacNab, Provincial Grand Master, was opposed to the plan and did not attend). However, after adjournment, another meeting was held and the Grand Lodge of Canada was formed by the members. The next morning the officers were elected and W. Bro. Wilson was confirmed as Grand Master. The officers were installed by M.W. Bro. Hon. H.T. Backus, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Michigan, on November 2nd, 1855.When the Grand Lodge of Canada was formed in 1855, the colony of Canada was made up of what are now the provinces of Ontario and Québec. When the two rival Grand Lodges of Upper Canada and Lower Canada amalgamated in 1859, our Grand Lodge included nearly all of the lodges in both Canada East and Canada West.In 1869, sixteen lodges in Québec formed the Grand Lodge of Québec. The rest of the lodges located in la belle province remained in the Grand Lodge of Canada. In 1874, the Grand Lodge of Canada withdrew from Québec.There were no doubt many protests about Ontario’s Grand Lodge calling itself the Grand Lodge of Canada when, by 1875, there were six other Grand Lodges in the country—Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Québec, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.In 1885, a committee of the Grand Lodge of Canada recommended that its name should be changed to the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of Canada in the Province of Ontario. The new name was adopted in 1887.

Canadian Masonic History Major dates

1738 – The first Masonic lodge in the colony of Canada is constituted in Annapolis, Nova Scotia.

1755 – The Lodge of the 8th or Kings Own Regiment of Foot is issued a field warrant. This lodge brings Masonry to Niagara in the late 1700s.

1795 – The first meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Upper Canada is called. Also in this year the civilian lodge in Niagara, originally called St. John’s of Friendship, is re-warranted as Lodge No. 2.

1802 – The Schismatic Grand Lodge at Niagara is formed.

1823 – The Book of Constitutions is printed in Kingston.

1855 – The Grand Lodge of Canada is formed in order to separate colonial Masons from the Mother Grand Lodge in England.

1859 – The Grand Lodges of Upper Canada and Lower Canada amalgamate.

1866 – The Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia is formed.

1867 – The Dominion of Canada is established on July 1st. Freemason Sir John A. MacDonald becomes Canada’s first prime minister. The Grand Lodge of New Brunswick is formed.

1869 – The Grand Lodge of Québec is created.

1871 – The Grand Lodge of British Columbia is formed.

1875 – The Grand Lodges of Manitoba and Prince Edward Island are founded.

1887 – The previously named Grand Lodge of Canada, located in Ontario, officially changes its name to the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario.

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