The purpose of the Honour Program of the Lieutenant Governor is to recognize Quebecers who have had a positive influence on their community or Québec nation their involvement, determination and desire to go beyond their personal bests. There are three honour categories:
On the obverse of the medal is an effigy of the Lieutenant Governor and around the rim is the inscription "Honorable Pierre Duchesne, 28e lieutenant-gouverneur du Québec."On the reverse is the coat of arms of the Province of Québec.
Honour recipients must be residents of Québec. However, under exceptional circumstances, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal may be awarded to a person who lives outside Québec.
A person cannot receive more than one medal per category during his or her lifetime.Lieutenant Governor honours may be awarded posthumously.
The Lieutenant Governor presides at the awards ceremonies as part of his or her regional tours.