The Governor General Designate

The Thrones of Canada and the Senate Speaker’s chair at the Senate Chamber in the Senate of Canada Building.
Source: Senate of Canada

The Governor General Designate is the person who has been appointed as Governor General, but who has not yet been sworn-in.

During the transition period, the Governor General Designate undertakes a series of briefings with various members of government, ensuring he or she will be able to step into the role of Governor General without difficulty.

The role of the Department of Canadian Heritage

The Department of Canadian Heritage provides support to the Governor General Designate and oversees the organization of the installation ceremony.

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