The post replaced the Governor General of New France and later Governor General of British North America, which had replaced that of Commander-in-Chief of British North America. With Confederation and the dissolution of the Province of Canada, a new post was created, that of Governor General of Canada.
During the duration seven individuals held this post, who were either colonial administrators of diplomats.
|Name||Image||Governor from||Governor until||Monarch|
|Sir Charles Bagot
|Sir Charles Metcalfe
|The Earl Cathcart
|The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine
|Sir Edmund Walker Head
|The Viscount Monck