Patronage, in the sense of support and encouragement of worthy endeavours, is a legitimate function of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. It derives from the concept of the Crown as the source of the highest honours and awards granted in our society.

The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia grants patronage to support and encourage worthy endeavours. Her Honour is patron of many community, military and cultural associations, as well as public service organizations, lending them vital support and recognition for their outstanding contributions to society. When requested, Her Honour may also provide patronage to an event.

Organizations that are granted patronage by the Lieutenant Governor and/or the Vice-Regal Consort are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • have aims and objectives aligned with the mandate of the Lieutenant Governor;
  • are provincial or regional in scope;
  • have active programs that are a direct benefit to the community at large
  • are non-partisan; and
  • are financially responsible.

All organizations must re-apply for patronage at the beginning of each new Lieutenant Governor’s term which is typically five years. Patronage does not guarantee the Lieutenant Governor’s involvement in, or attendance at, events being hosted by organizations. The Lieutenant Governor’s Patronage may not be used in direct connection with fundraising campaigns.

Current Patronages of the Lieutenant Governor

Please note the Honourable Janet Austin is no longer accepting applications for new patronages during her mandate.