The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

As the Crown’s representative in Ontario, the Lieutenant Governor exercises constitutional powers and promotes a strong and positive civic community




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UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Empowering Women and Girls Through Dialogue


Members of the public may visit the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite on selected weekdays during guided tours of the Legislative Building at Queen’s Park.

Request birthday and anniversary greetings


Media Advisory: Lieutenant Governor to visit Peterborough and the Kawarthas


Publication: Activity report (April 2019–March 2020)


The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell was invested as Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor on September 23, 2014. Her eclectic public service career has spanned provincial, federal, and international borders, and has transcended disciplinary and sectoral lines.

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Invite the Lieutenant Governor to an event


Lieutenant Governor’s statement on the conclusion of National Public Service Week

Constitutional role

The Lieutenant Governor performs constitutional functions such as appointing the Premier, opening the Legislature, and granting Royal Assent.


75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day


Statement by the Lieutenant Governor on Black History Month


Historical information about Lieutenant Governors since 1867, pre-Confederation Governors, and previous Government Houses.

Protocol and symbols

Answers to common questions about the Lieutenant Governor

Contact information

Get in touch with the Lieutenant Governor.

The 2021 New Year’s Levee is unfortunately cancelled. We look forward to connecting with Ontarians virtually, until it is safe to do so in person.

Until further notice the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Suite is closed to tours. Invitations for events will be accepted, though decisions are not being confirmed at this time. Correspondence continues to be received.

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