Installation Day of Canada’s 30th Governor General

 July 26, 2021

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon was installed as the 30th governor general of Canada during a historic ceremony that took place in the Senate Chamber.

The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada, who had also assumed the role of administrator of the Government of Canada, administered three oaths:

  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Oath of Office of Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
  • Oath of the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada

Following the oaths, Ms. May Simon signed the Oath Registry which officially installed Mary May Simon as Canada's first Indigenous governor general.

During the ceremony, Governor General Mary May Simon was presented with four collars of office:

The Installation ceremony concluded with a performance of "O Canada" by Marie-Josée Lord.

The installation ceremony was followed by a presentation of military honours and the inspection of a guard of honour at the National War Memorial, where Her Excellency placed a bouquet of flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on behalf of all Canadians. 

The new governor general then made her way to Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of the governor general in Ottawa, where family members were waiting to mark the event.