The Lieutenant Governors

Each of the 10 Canadian provinces has a lieutenant governor. He or she is appointed by the governor general, on the recommendation of the prime minister, usually for a period of 5 years.

Lieutenant governors are the highest-ranking officers of their province and represent His Majesty The King in their jurisdictions.

The lieutenant governor’s constitutional duties include, among others:

  • swearing in the provincial government's Executive Council (premier and Cabinet)
  • opening each session of the provincial legislative assembly
  • providing Royal Assent to provincial bills

The lieutenant governor's ceremonial and community functions include, among others:

  • promoting a sense of identity
  • representing The King in the province
  • acting as the province's official host
  • supporting social causes
  • recognizing outstanding citizens

Lieutenant governors of Canada

Related links

Expenses incurred by the lieutenant governors in the exercise of their official duties

Evaluation of the lieutenant governor's Program (State Ceremonial and Protocol) 2012-13 to 2016-17

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