Each Lieutenant Governor has the opportunity to develop unique programs and initiatives that highlight his or her interests and background. The programs are often provincial in scope and bring awareness to issues affecting British Columbians. The Lieutenant Governor’s programs are administered and supported by the staff of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Government House Foundation.

The Honourable Janet Austin’s programs are based on her three Areas of Focus: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Democracy and Civic Engagement; and Reconciliation.

Previous Lieutenant Governors have focused on land stewardship, music, community activism, literacy and leadership. Through partnerships, education, outreach and the creation of specific awards, Lieutenant Governors endeavour to bring attention and focus to their chosen areas of focus.