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Inauguration of the New Rideau Hall Forecourt

June 16, 2017 

Inauguration of the New Rideau Hall Forecourt 

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will inaugurate the newly renovated Rideau Hall forecourt on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 4 p.m. He will be joined by Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission (NCC), and the lieutenant governors and commissioners of Canada. 

On this occasion, the Governor General and the Chief Executive Officer of the NCC will deliver remarks before officially reopening the forecourt and rededicating its Fountain of Hope. A youth ensemble from Orkidstra will help mark this milestone with a special musical offering. Through this legacy project for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Rideau Hall’s front entrance arrival area returns to its historic roots, with a central space able to accommodate a wide range of events.

About the Rehabilitation of the Rideau Hall Forecourt
In August 2016, the NCC initiated the work, which entailed rehabilitating the Fountain of Hope, regrading the arrival area to ensure it meets universal accessibility needs, resurfacing the existing paving material, improving drainage and installing new electrical conduits, wiring and a new lighting system. As planner of the Capital and steward of Rideau Hall and the other five official residences, the NCC ensures that the official residences of Canada’s Capital Region retain their historic character. For more information, visit

Members of the public can visit Rideau Hall and its grounds year-round. For more information, visit


Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their
attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive no later
than 3:45 p.m. on the day of the event.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)

Cédric Pelletier
NCC Media Relations
613-239-5678, ext. 5709
613-852-2804 (cell)   

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