The Governor General Designate

Julie Payette

On July 13, 2017 the Prime Minister of Canada announced that Her Majesty The Queen approved the appointment of Ms. Julie Payette as the 29th Governor General of Canada since Confederation.


During this transition period, Ms. Payette will undertake a series of briefings with various members of government, ensuring she will be fully equipped to step into the role of Governor General. She will have an audience with Her Majesty The Queen prior to undertaking her duties as Governor General.



Get to know Canada’s next Governor General.

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about more about why we have a Governor General Designate and the key moments of the installation of a Governor General.

The Installation

The details about the Installation of the 29th Governor General of Canada.

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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