The Lieutenant Governor recognizes excellence and inspiration in British Columbia through the presentation or support of honours and awards.
Many of these programs are made possible through the generous support of the Government House Foundation, and other partnerships as noted.
The British Columbia Reconciliation Award
The British Columbia Reconciliation Award recognizes individuals, groups and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect and commitment to furthering reconciliation or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.
Learn more about the BC Reconciliation Award.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation
The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recognizes post-secondary students with outstanding contributions in support of inclusion, democracy or reconciliation, on or off campus, and includes students in diploma and degree programs.
Learn more about the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal.
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence
Established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. This award was reinstated for 2020 by the Honourable Janet Austin.
Learn more about the Award for Literary Excellence.
The Order of British Columbia
The Order of British Columbia represents the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens. The Lieutenant Governor acts as Chancellor of the Order of British Columbia.
Learn more about the Order of British Columbia.
The Lieutenant Governor’s BC Journalism Fellowship
In the spirit of supporting a healthy democracy with a thriving journalistic community, the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Journalism Fellowship encourages the development and support of local journalists in British Columbia through financial support for long-form reporting.
Learn more about the BC Journalism Fellowship.
Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards
These one-time awards in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee recognize individuals, groups, and organizations throughout British Columbia who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, community engagement, and commitment through fostering and mentoring others in the fields of Visual Arts, Music or Performance.
Learn more about the Arts and Music Awards.
Democracy & Me
The Democracy & Me art contest encourages K-12 students to think about the importance of community, civic engagement and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and democracy. In developing creative responses through artistic expression to contest questions, students reflect on how art offers a unique medium to express one’s identity, culture and connection to community.
Learn more about Democracy & Me.
Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
Learn more about the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards
The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards recognizes excellence in winemaking for all licensed British Columbia wineries, and is the oldest wine judging competition in the province.
Learn more about the Wine Awards.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
The Award challenges young Canadians to develop the skills and tools to improve themselves and their communities by encouraging them to go beyond their comfort zone. At the Gold Level, the Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners of Canada present certificates at Gold Ceremonies.
Learn more about the Duke of Ed Awards.
Medal for Maritime Excellence
The Maritime Museum SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the marine sector in our Province. These attainments may include, but are not limited to, science, technology, business, applications of maritime skills and academic contributions.
Learn more about the Medal for Maritime Excellence.
LG Silver Medal for Excellence in Public Administration
This award is presented annually to a public servant who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and distinctive leadership in public administration. The Silver Medal pays tribute to public sector practitioners whose careers exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment.
Learn more about the Silver Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.
The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture
The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture were established to recognize excellence in completed architectural projects led or designed by individuals registered with the AIBC (registered Architect AIBC). Firms, clients, and lead design architects associated with chosen projects are honoured for their exceptional accomplishments.
Learn more about the Architecture Awards.
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence
The ACEC-BC Awards recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Consulting Engineering companies across British Columbia. The Lieutenant Governor’s Award recognizes one winner amongst the recipients of the Awards of Excellence Awards.
Learn more about the Award for Engineering Excellence.
Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing
The top prize of an annual Historical Writing Competition recognizing the authors whose books have made the most significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia.