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Official Visit to Toronto

February 16, 2018

Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to Toronto

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will visit Toronto as part of her first official visit to Ontario’s capital city on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Throughout the day, Her Excellency will have the opportunity to meet with provincial and local officials, including the Lieutenant Governor, the Premier and the Mayor. In addition, the Governor General will recognize remarkable Canadians with honours.

Below is Her Excellency’s detailed itinerary.

9:45 a.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony
The Governor General will be officially welcomed by Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; and the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. She will receive military honours, including a 100-person guard of honour, the “Viceregal Salute” and a 21-gun salute from
4th Canadian Division/Joint Task Force (Central), which includes the Governor General’s Horse Guards. 
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Beaudry, Office of the Premier of Ontario, 416-325-5231, jennifer.beaudry@ontario.ca   

10 a.m.
Meeting with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
The Governor General will meet with Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Queen’s Park, Toronto
OFFICAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY 

11:10 a.m.
Meeting with the Premier of Ontario
Her Excellency will meet with the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
Premier’s Office, Queen’s Park, Toronto
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Beaudry, Office of the Premier of Ontario, 416-325-5231, jennifer.beaudry@ontario.ca  

11:45 a.m.
Meeting with the Mayor of Toronto
Her Excellency will meet with His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, and sign the City’s guest book.
Protocol Lounge, Mayor’s Office, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto
PHOTO OP Upon arrival at City Hall and at the signing of the guest book 
MEDIA CONTACT: Don Peat, Office of the Mayor, 647-459-2387, don.peat@toronto.ca
Tracey Williams, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4146, tracey.williams@toronto.ca 

2 p.m.
Presentation of Honours
Her Excellency will present honours to close to 60 remarkable Canadians to recognize excellence, courage and exceptional dedication to service. The list of recipients, their citations and additional information will be published in a separate media advisory.  

The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. From community volunteers to scientists, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens, hundreds of Canadians earn our applause and gratitude. For more information about honours or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit www.gg.ca/honours.
Concert Hall, Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West, Toronto
OPEN TO MEDIA 

5:30 p.m.
Official Reception Hosted by the Premier of Ontario
In honour of Her Excellency’s official visit, the Premier will host a reception during which the Governor General will deliver remarks and have the opportunity to meet and speak with Ontarians who have contributed to their communities and with key leaders from the province.
MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Beaudry, Office of the Premier of Ontario, 416-325-5231, jennifer.beaudry@ontario.ca  

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Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-990-9324
613-668-1929 (cell)
josephine.laframboise@gg.ca

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