Frequently asked questions — The Governor General Designate

The Prime Minister of Canada has announced that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Ms. Mary Simon as the 30th Governor General of Canada.

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About the Governor General Designate

What is a Governor General Designate?

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

For more information about the role of a Governor General, please visit the official website of the Governor General of Canada.

How is the Governor General Designate chosen?

The Governor General is appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. An Advisory Group on the Selection of the Next Governor General was established in March 2021 and assisted with the identification of potential candidates. The group was mandated to deliberate and submit a shortlist of outstanding Canadians for the Prime Minister’s consideration.

When will the Governor General Designate officially assume her duties?

Ms. Mary Simon will assume her duties as Governor General after the installation ceremony, which will take place on July 26, 2021.

During the transition period, the Governor General Designate will undertake a series of briefings with various members of government to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

Does the role of the Administrator of the Government of Canada change now that there is a Governor General Designate?

No. The Chief Justice of Canada will continue to serve as the Administrator of the Government of Canada until the Governor General Designate has been installed.

Once the Governor General Designate is installed, the Chief Justice of Canada, and other justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, may be occasionally called upon to act as deputies of the governor general, as required.

Who is responsible for the security of the Governor General Designate?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is responsible for the Governor General Designate’s security.

About the installation

Why do we have an installation ceremony? Why not a simple swearing-in?

The installation of a new Governor General is a historic moment reflecting our constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. Although the basic swearing-in is key, all other elements are adapted to reflect the Canada of today and make the ceremony meaningful to Canadians.

When will the installation ceremony take place and what it will be like?

Ms. Mary Simon’s installation ceremony as the 30th Governor General of Canada will take place on July 26, 2021.

Who organizes and pays for the installation ceremony?

The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for overseeing and administering the overall budget.

What special measures will be taken with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Department of Canadian Heritage will ensure that the installation ceremony strictly adheres to public health protocols, including physical distancing and sanitizing measures, as well as limiting the number of participants and guests. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be released in due course.

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