Lieutenant Governors since Confederation

​The position of Lieutenant Governor has existed in Canada since before Confederation. In 1786, the post of Governor-in-Chief of British North America was created as a central viceregal office overseeing the British colonies of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the province of Québec. The governors of these regions became lieutenant governors, though that of Québec was occupied simultaneously by the Governor-in-Chief. This structure remained in place until the 1791 partitioning of Québec into Upper and Lower Canada, where both had a Lieutenant Governor, though both posts were occupied by the incumbent Governor General of the Province of Canada.​​​​​​