The Office of the Secretary to the
The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG) is the government agency that supports the Governor
General in delivering his/her mandate and in fulfilling his/her constitutional, state, ceremonial and other traditional
The Office is also responsible for planning and implementing the Governor General’s program and the many activities
he/she undertakes with, and on behalf of, Canadians in communities across the country and abroad, as well as with the Canadian
Forces as Commander-in-Chief. These activities serve to recognize outstanding
achievement and the pursuit of excellence by Canadians, and to foster national identity, unity and pride. They also promote
Canadian values such as respect for diversity, community participation and public education.
To help Canadians understand the roles and responsibilities of the Governor General and how he/she fulfills them, the
Office offers both a public information program and extensive visitor and interpretation programs at the Governor General’s
historic official residences at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and at La
Citadelle in Quebec City. Together, as many as 200,000 people visit these sites each year.
The Chancellery of Honours forms an important part of the Office and administers all aspects of Canada’s Honours System including, for example, the Order of Canada, the Bravery Awards, the Meritorious Service Decorations
and the Caring Canadian Awards. The Chancellery also includes Canada’s Heraldic Authority.
The Operating Budget of the OSGG is approved by Parliament
and the OSGG is therefore accountable to Parliament for its expenditures. These expenditures are made public through the Public
Accounts process at the end of every year.