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The Role of the Administrator

Information February 18, 2021

The Administrator of the Government of Canada is sworn in to fulfil the role and responsibilities of the governor general in the event of their death, incapacity, removal or absence.

The Queen Elizabeth II Equestrian Monument

Information June 07, 2019

The world’s first equestrian statue of Her Majesty The Queen was unveiled on Parliament Hill by Her Majesty on July 1, 1992, in honour of the 125th anniversary of Confederation and the 40th anniversary of her reign. She is depicted riding astride her horse Centenial, a gift...

Royal Crown - Frequently Asked Questions

Information November 29, 2017

What are the criteria to receive permission to use the Royal Crown?

Agencies of the federal, provincial/territorial government, and law enforcement bodies at the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal levels may seek permission for the use of the Royal Crown in their emblems.

It is...

Governors General Representing Canada at Home and Abroad

Information November 20, 2017

As representatives of The Queen in Canada, governors general host numerous foreign leaders visiting Canada on State and official visits every year. As a regular practice of international relations, governors general receive reciprocal invitations to conduct visits abroad to many countries on...

Procedures for the Dissolution of Parliament and the Calling of an Election

Information November 10, 2017

Dissolution terminates a Parliament and is followed by a general election, the date of which is set by the governor-in-council, that is, the governor general acting on the advice of the prime minister. The Constitution Act, 1982 stipulates that the House of Commons must be dissolved within five...

Ceremonial Tree Plantings

Information November 29, 2016

Over 150 commemorative trees grace the grounds of Rideau Hall, the official residence of the governor general of Canada. They mark visits by members of the Royal Family, heads of State and other dignitaries. They also are planted for special anniversaries and at the end of a governor general’s...

Great Seal of Canada

Information November 29, 2016

The Great Seal of Canada is one of the oldest and most venerated instruments of our government. Since the earliest days of our nation, Canada’s most important documents have been made official through its imprint. The Great Seal signifies the power and authority of the Crown flowing from the...

Official Oaths

Information November 29, 2016


I, __________, do swear (declare) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors.

So help me God.


I, __________...

Swearing-In of Privy Councillors

Information November 29, 2016

Privy councillors are members of The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, established under the Constitution Act, 1867 (formerly the British North America Act) to advise the Crown. The Privy Council includes all past and present Cabinet ministers, as well as a number of distinguished persons....

Medal and/or Ribbon Replacement

Information July 14, 2020

The Chancellery of Honours is the government body responsible for the administration and issuing of national orders, decorations and medals. If you have accidentally misplaced or damaged a medal or ribbon related to a national honour, we can be of service. Please provide the following...

Wearing of Insignia

Information April 19, 2017

The Canadian Honours System has rules in regards to how and when an insignia should be worn. For daytime and evening functions of a less formal nature, such as Remembrance Day, Royal Canadian Legion or regimental gatherings, or some medal presentation ceremonies, guests may wear full-size medals...

Types of Honours

Information April 19, 2017

Canadian honours come in three different categories: orders, decorations, and medals.

Order of Precedence

Information April 18, 2017

The Canadian Honours System has rules in regards to the Order of Precedence of its various honours. The following are the Canadian Honours System post-nominals and Order of Precedence as of April 2, 1998’s Privy Council no P.C. 1998-591.

Example of the Order of Precedence and the post-...

Royal Letters Patent 1988

Information March 06, 2017

Royal Letters Patent authorizing the granting of armorial bearings in Canada

Parts of a Coat of Arms

Information March 06, 2017

Shield, mantling, crest, supporters: what are the parts of a coat of arms?

History of Rideau Hall

Information November 20, 2017

Entrepreneur Thomas MacKay built Rideau Hall in 1838 as a home for his family. His villa became an official residence at Confederation in 1867, and Lord Monck was the first governor general to live here.

Collections at Rideau Hall

Information November 19, 2017

Rideau Hall’s interiors and the collections it features are a reflection of the nation’s history and a window on Canadian culture today. Highlights of the collections are presented during the guided tour of the State rooms.

History of the Residence at the Citadelle

Information November 18, 2017

The Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec is housed in a military building built in 1831. It was originally occupied by British garrison officers. Lord Dufferin was the first governor general to live in the Citadelle residence, in 1872.

Collections at the Citadelle

Information November 17, 2017

The Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec showcases Canadian furniture and works of art. They represent diverse artistic and cultural traditions, past and present. Highlights are presented during the guided tour of the residence's State rooms.

Heraldry Colouring

Official Activity May 29, 2020

Download and print this PDF and create your own coats of arms!

It’s An Honour!

Information November 24, 2017

Educational resources on the Canadian Honours System for grades 4 to 12 (Grade 4 to Secondary 5)

Stories of kindness

October 14, 2020

Like millions of people around the world, we have all been asked to make changes for the greater good. Certain people have inspired us with their courage, acts of kindness, volunteer work and dedication.

Organizations helping Canadians

Official Activity March 31, 2020

Organizations across the country are supporting Canadians during this crisis. Learn more about the organizations that give us hope and are making a difference in communities and our everyday lives.