Frequently asked questions — The Governor General Designate

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About the Governor General Designate

What is a Governor General Designate?

A 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 a Governor General Designate chosen?

The Governor General is appointed by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister. An advisory group can be established to assist with the identification of potential candidates in order to submit a shortlist of outstanding Canadians for the Prime Minister’s consideration.

When does a Governor General Designate officially assume their duties?

A Governor General Designate officially assumes their duties as Governor General after their installation ceremony.

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.

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

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

About the installation ceremony

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.

Who organizes and pays for the installation ceremony?

The Department of Canadian Heritage is the lead department for the planning, programming and delivery of installation ceremonies.

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