The governor general represents Canada in domestic and international ceremonies and events. Here in Canada, the governor general strengthens the country’s ties with other nations by officially welcoming new ambassadors, as well as new high commissioners for which The Queen is not head of State. The governor general also plays host to foreign heads of State and members of the Royal Family during their visits to Canada, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and the Citadelle of Québec. The governor general also signs diplomatic letters for outgoing Canadian ambassadors and high commissioners, who represent the country on the world stage.
The governor general also plays an important role in international relations by travelling abroad on State and official visits. During State visits, the governor general is often accompanied by a delegation of prominent Canadians representing various areas of expertise. The goal in conducting international visits is to promote Canada, deepen people-to-people ties and strengthen Canada’s relationships with international partners.