The Government House Foundation was created to foster the preservation of Government House and its grounds; to enhance its decor, character, maintenance, historical and cultural values; and to provide funding for the Lieutenant Governor’s programs and awards that have a positive impact province-wide. Funds donated to the Government House Foundation are placed in a trust account with proceeds directed for the benefit of British Columbians. Gifts in kind may also be accepted for display and use in Government House. All donations are eligible for income tax deduction.

Learn more about the work of the Government House Foundation, including annual events such as the November Gala Ball.

Platinum Jubilee Programmes:

In 2022, Her Late Majesty celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, and the Foundation was immensely proud to support several programmes through the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in reflection of the lifelong dedicated service of the Queen:

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 has funded investigative and data journalist Francesa Fionda with $25,000 to explore the gaps in support for evacuees of disasters in British Columbia through long form reporting. Learn more.

Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards

The Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards recognized individuals, groups and organizations throughout BC who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, community engagement, passion, and commitment through fostering and mentoring others in the fields of Visual Arts, Music or Performance. 11 individual recipients and 17 organizations received a monetary award and certificates in support of their achievements. Learn more.

Other Programmes Supported by the Government House Foundation:

The BC Reconciliation Award – Under the Honourable Janet Austin, 30th Lieutenant Governor of BC

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.

Stewards of the Future – Under the Honourable Judith Guichon, 29th Lieutenant Governor of BC

Stewards of the Future supported and encouraged emerging leaders to connect with their environments, explore their own communities, and investigate stewardship initiatives. Funding was available for youth to go on field trips, visit local sites of interest and engage in stewardship projects in their communities.

Write to Read – Under the Honourable Steven Point, 28th Lieutenant Governor of BC

Write to Read is a partnership-based program working with Indigenous communities to provide access to literacy materials and resources in areas without a designated nearby learning centre or library. Learn more.

The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards – Under the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, 27th Lieutenant Governor of BC

As the oldest wine judging competition in the province, the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards recognizes excellence in winemaking, judged by a rotating panel of highly respected experts from across the industry, showcasing the best quality products the province has to offer. Learn more.