Role

Length of Appointment

The Governor General-in-Council (in practice, the Prime Minister) appoints lieutenant governors for a minimum five year term of office.

Lieutenant Governors are chosen based on their record of distinguished service to their community, province, and country.  The appointment carries with it the title of "The Honourable" for life.

The Offices of the Monarch, Governor General, and Lieutenant Governor are entrenched in the Canadian Constitution, and no changes can be made to them without unanimous approval of all Provincial Legislative Assemblies, along with the Senate and the House of Commons.