Visit to Toronto

October 4, 2023

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, undertook a visit to Toronto on Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

The visit to Toronto focused on reconciliation, mental health and youth engagement.

The Governor General plays an important role in helping to bring awareness to issues, and to profile the diverse and innovative communities that make up our country. Visits are also opportunities for the Governor General, on behalf of Canadians, to recognize and thank people who are making a difference in a broad range of fields.

In the morning, the Governor General met with up to 50 students from across southern Ontario who are finalists in an artwork competition organized by The Children’s Breakfast Clubs. The competition focused on themes related to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Her Excellency engaged with the students, viewed their art and delivered remarks.

In the afternoon, the Governor General visited the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Her Excellency toured the ceremony grounds and had a discussion with leaders of the CAMH Shkaabe Makwa program.

Her Excellency also participated in a round-table discussion with young people about youth mental health in Canada.

In the early evening, the Governor General attended and delivered remarks at the 10th anniversary celebrations of Connected North. Connected North provides equitable learning opportunities to students and teachers in remote communities through live, interactive virtual learning experiences for Indigenous students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.