Under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is illegal for anyone except veterans to wear war medals, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
However, Madrien Ferris of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, said she plans to do just that.
"I can't understand why we can't as relatives, next of kin, wear these medals. Show them, display them, let the sun shine on them," said Ferris, whose husband, Albert Ferris, served 30 years in the Armed Forces and earned 10 medals before he died in 1995.
Ferris said she has been planning on wearing the medals for some time now, but will do so for the first time Monday at a Remembrance Day ceremony.
"I thought, 'OK, put your money where your mouth is.' So I'm going to do it," she said.
The Royal Canadian Legion has not commented on the situation, but in the past has supported the current criminal code.