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Installation of the Next Governor General of Canada

September 29, 2017

Canadians Invited to Witness the Installation of the
Next Governor General of Canada

OTTAWA—The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General invites Canadians from across the country to witness the installation of Canada’s 29th governor general and commander-in-chief of Canada, Ms. Julie Payette, on Monday, October 2, 2017.

This momentous day will start with the installation ceremony inside the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill. The ceremony will be followed by the laying of flowers at the National War Memorial, Ms. Payette’s official arrival at Rideau Hall, and an evening reception at the Canadian Museum of History.

Canadians will be able to watch the installation ceremony live on Facebook and on major television networks. To follow the developments of the day, we invite them to search for and use the hashtag #GG29.  

Below are the details of Ms. Payette’s installation day:

10:55 a.m.
Installation Ceremony of Canada’s 29th Governor General
Upon arrival on Parliament Hill, Ms. Payette, accompanied by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will be greeted by the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable George J. Furey, Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Indigenous Leaders. Ms. Payette and the dignitaries will be led by the Usher of the Black Rod, Mr. Greg Peters, through the Hall of Honour and into the Senate Chamber. 

In the Senate Chamber, Ms. Payette will read the oaths of Allegiance, of the Office of Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and of the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada, as well as sign the Oath Register. Afterwards, a 21-gun salute will be fired.  

Ms. Payette will then be presented with four collars, those of the Chancellor of the Order of Canada, the Chancellor of Order of Military Merit, the Chancellor of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, and the head of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. The Prime Minister will then speak on this occasion, and Ms. Payette will deliver her installation speech. Artistic and cultural performances will take place throughout the ceremony.
Parliament Hill and Senate Chambers
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY—Arrival of dignitaries and Ms. Payette on Parliament Hill
OPEN TO ACCREDITED POOL MEDIA ONLY—Installation ceremony inside the Senate Chamber and Parliament
MEDIA CONTACT: Department of Canadian Heritage, 1-866-569-6155,

12:15 p.m.
Military Honours on Parliament Hill
After the installation ceremony, Ms. Payette will step outside to receive military honours, including a Royal Salute and a 21-gun salute. She will inspect the guard of honour for the first time as commander-in-chief of Canada.
Parliament Hill
MEDIA CONTACT: Department of Canadian Heritage, 1-866-569-6155,

1:45 p.m.
Laying of Flowers at the National War Memorial
Ms. Payette will walk from Parliament Hill to the National War Memorial where she will lay flowers to honour and remember Canadians who lost their lives fighting on behalf of their country.
National War Memorial
MEDIA CONTACT: Collin Lafrance, Parliamentary Press Gallery, 613-290-8891, 

1:55 p.m.
Arrival at Rideau Hall
Ms. Payette will officially arrive at Rideau Hall, where she will inspect a 100-person guard of honour composed of men and women from the Canadian Grenadier Guards and the Governor General’s Foot Guards, two of the household regiments.
The Queen’s Entrance, Rideau Hall
MEDIA CONTACT: Josephine Laframboise, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-668-1929,

7 p.m.
Reception at the Canadian Museum of History
In the evening, a reception in honour of Ms. Payette’s installation as Canada’s 29th governor general will be hosted by the Government of Canada.
Canadian Museum of History
MEDIA CONTACT: PMO Media Relations, 613-957-5555,


For media accreditation for the installation ceremony, please contact the Department of Canadian Heritage Media Relations Unit at 1-866-569-6155 or at

Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

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