The position of governor general is considered the oldest public office in Canada. It dates back to colonial times, when monarchs appointed governors to act as their intermediaries in State affairs. In 1608, Samuel de Champlain—a governor in all but name—fulfilled several duties and responsibilities that would later be carried out by the governors of New France and, after Confederation in 1867, by governors general of Canada.
Over the years, the role and responsibilities of the governor general have changed and evolved under the French and British regimes and after Confederation. As the role of the governor general has changed, so, too, has our Office. Our actions are driven by the past, present and future of our country.
Our Office has been helping Canada’s governors general to connect, honour and inspire Canadians for more than 150 years. Our mission is to support the governor general and serve Canadians. We are also honoured to be the storytellers of Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, and the Citadelle, in Québec, the official residences and workplaces of the governor general of Canada.
We are proud of the work we do and strive for excellence. Our culture is deeply rooted in a long-standing tradition of service. We welcome members of the Royal family, heads of State, dignitaries and Canadians from all walks of life, all under the same roof. We work closely with the various levels of government, not-for-profit organizations and communities across the country to connect with Canadians and fulfill our mission. This collaboration enriches our work and gives our employees an even greater sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Our Vision and Mission
Our Office is responsible for supporting the governor general in fulfilling the constitutional, State, ceremonial and other responsibilities of the position.
Our vision is to connect, honour and inspire Canadians.
Our mission is to support the governor general as The Queen’s representative in Canada and to serve Canadians.
We are responsible for planning and implementing the governor general’s programs and the many activities undertaken across Canada and abroad.
Our activities focus on:
- Showcasing Canada on the world stage
- Recognizing outstanding achievement by Canadians
- Encouraging the pursuit of excellence
- Supporting the governor general as the commander-in-chief of Canada
- Fostering national identity, unity and pride in Canadian values.
Our employees work together to support the governor general and to serve Canadians with integrity, honour and dedication, in a politically neutral manner. Our Office fosters mutual collaboration, trust and respect by promoting a safe and healthy work environment, where employees are valued for their diversity and expertise.
The core values that guide and motivate our attitudes and actions are:
- Pride and honour in service
- Proficiency in duty
- Respect and trust
- Political neutrality and integrity
- Collaboration and teamwork