Governor General’s Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. G-9)

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Governor General’s Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. G-9

An Act respecting the Governor General

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Governor General’s Act.

  • R.S., c. G-14, s. 1.

PART IOffice of Governor General

Marginal note:Corporation sole

 The Governor General of Canada or other chief executive officer or administrator carrying on the Government of Canada on behalf and in the name of the Sovereign, by whatever title designated, is a corporation sole.

  • R.S., c. G-14, s. 2.
Marginal note:Instruments taken to Governor General
  •  (1) All bonds, recognizances and other instruments by law required to be taken to the Governor General in his public capacity shall be taken to the Governor General by his name of office.

  • Marginal note:Suit and recovery

    (2) The instruments referred to in subsection (1) may be sued for and recovered by the Governor General by his name of office.

  • Marginal note:Not to vest in personal representatives

    (3) The instruments referred to in subsection (1) shall in no case go to or vest in the personal representatives of the Governor General, chief executive officer or administrator of the Government in whose name they were taken.

  • R.S., c. G-14, s. 3.
Marginal note:Salary
  •  (1) There shall be payable to the Governor General for the 12-month period beginning on January 1, 2013 a salary of $270,602.

  • Marginal note:Second charge on C.R.F.

    (2) The salary of the Governor General is payable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and forms the second charge thereon.

  • R.S., 1985, c. G-9, s. 4;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 50 (1st Supp.), s. 1;
  • 1990, c. 5, s. 1;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 16.
Marginal note:Annual adjustment of salary
  •  (1) For the 12-month period beginning on January 1, 2014 and for each 12-month period after that, the Governor General’s salary shall be the amount obtained by multiplying

    • (a) that salary for the twelve month period immediately preceding the twelve month period in respect of which the salary is to be determined

      by

    • (b) the lesser of one hundred and seven per cent and the percentage that the Industrial Aggregate for the first adjustment year is of the Industrial Aggregate for the second adjustment year.

  • Marginal note:Meaning of certain expressions

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1),

    • (a) in relation to any twelve month period in respect of which the salary of the Governor General is to be determined, the “first adjustment year” is the most recent twelve month period for which the Industrial Aggregate is available on the first day of the period in respect of which the salary is to be determined, and the “second adjustment year” is the twelve month period immediately preceding the first adjustment year; and

    • (b) the “Industrial Aggregate” for an adjustment year is the average weekly wages and salaries of the Industrial Aggregate in Canada for that year as published by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act.

  • Marginal note:Rounding of amounts and prorating

    (3) A salary determined pursuant to subsection (1) that is not a multiple of one hundred dollars shall be rounded to the closest multiple of one hundred dollars that is lower than the salary so determined and the salary so determined shall be prorated for any period that is less than one year.

  • (4) and (5) [Repealed, 2012, c. 19, s. 17]

  • 1990, c. 5, s. 2;
  • 1993, c. 13, s. 9;
  • 1994, c. 18, s. 8;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 17.

PART IIGovernor General’s Retiring Annuity

Definition of survivor

 For the purposes of this Part, survivor means

  • (a) a person who was married

    • (i) to a Governor General or former Governor General immediately before the death of the Governor General or former Governor General, and

    • (ii) in the case of a former Governor General, to him or her immediately before the time when he or she ceased to be a Governor General; or

  • (b) a person who establishes that the person was cohabiting in a relationship of a conjugal nature

    • (i) with a Governor General or former Governor General for a period of at least one year immediately before the death of the Governor General or former Governor General, and

    • (ii) in the case of a former Governor General, with him or her immediately before he or she ceased to be a Governor General.

  • 2000, c. 12, s. 127.
Marginal note:Status of males and females

 Males and females have equality of status and equal rights and obligations under this Part.

  • 1974-75-76, c. 81, s. 95.
Marginal note:Annuity
  •  (1) Where a Governor General ceases to hold office as such, there shall be paid to him an annuity equal to the aggregate of

    • (a) one-third of the salary annexed to the office of Governor General on March 1, 1967; and

    • (b) such amount, in addition to the amount determined under paragraph (a), as would be paid to him as a supplementary retirement benefit under the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act in the year in which he ceases to hold office if that benefit were calculated on the basis that he had ceased to hold office on January 1, 1952.

  • Marginal note:Duration of annuity

    (2) An annuity payable under this section shall commence on the day the annuitant ceases to hold the office of Governor General and shall continue thereafter during his life.

  • R.S., 1985, c. G-9, s. 6;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 50 (1st Supp.), s. 2.
Marginal note:Annuity to survivor of annuitant
  •  (1) When a former Governor General who is in receipt of an annuity under section 6 dies, an annuity equal to one-half of the annuity shall be paid to his or her survivor.

  • Marginal note:Annuity to survivor of Governor General

    (2) When a Governor General dies while holding office, his or her survivor shall be paid an annuity equal to one-half of the annuity that would have been paid if the Governor General had retired on the day on which he or she died.

  • Marginal note:Duration of annuity to survivor

    (3) An annuity payable to a survivor under this section shall commence immediately after the death of the Governor General or former Governor General and shall continue during the life of the survivor.

  • Marginal note:Apportionment when two survivors

    (4) When an annuity is payable under this section and there are two survivors, the total amount of the annuity shall be apportioned so that

    • (a) the survivor referred to in paragraph 4.2(a) receives an amount, if any, equal to the total amount less any amount determined under paragraph (b) of this subsection; and

    • (b) the survivor referred to in paragraph 4.2(b) receives an amount equal to that proportion of the total amount that the number of years that the survivor cohabited with the annuitant while the annuitant was Governor General is of the number of years that the annuitant was Governor General.

  • Marginal note:Years

    (5) In determining a number of years for the purpose of paragraph (4)(b), a part of a year shall be counted as a full year if the part is six or more months and shall be ignored if it is less.

  • R.S., 1985, c. G-9, s. 7;
  • 2000, c. 12, s. 128.
Marginal note:Election for former Governor General
  •  (1) If the person to whom a former Governor General is married or with whom he or she is cohabiting in a relationship of a conjugal nature, having so cohabited for a period of at least one year, would not be entitled to an annuity under section 7 in the event of the former Governor General’s death, the former Governor General may make an election, in accordance with the regulations, to reduce the amount of the annuity to which he or she is entitled in order that the person could become entitled to an annuity under subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Payment

    (2) A person referred to in subsection (1) is entitled to an annuity in an amount determined in accordance with the election and the regulations if the former Governor General dies and the election is not revoked or deemed to have been revoked, and the person was married to the former Governor General at the time of his or her death, or was cohabiting with the former Governor General in a relationship of a conjugal nature for a period of at least one year immediately before his or her death.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (3) The Governor in Council may make regulations respecting

    • (a) the time, manner and circumstances in which an election may be made, revoked or deemed to have been revoked;

    • (b) the reduction to be made in the amount of a former Governor General’s pension when an election is made;

    • (c) the amount of the annuity to be paid under subsection (2); and

    • (d) any other matter that the Governor in Council considers necessary for carrying out the purposes and provisions of this section.

  • R.S., 1985, c. G-9, s. 8;
  • 2000, c. 12, s. 128.
 
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