Swearing-In Ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 4, 2015

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister‑designate Justin Trudeau, Canada’s 23rd prime minister, and members of the 29th Canadian ministry. The event will take place in the Rideau Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

Timings of the day

Where to watch

The ceremony will be broadcast live on all major Canadian TV networks and there will be a live webcast on this page starting at 10:30 EST.

Social Media

Follow the conversation and updates on the swearing-in ceremony on Facebook and Twitter through GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall, and also by using #PM23 and #SwearingIn.

Public Access

Members of the public are invited to be on the grounds of Rideau Hall as of 9 a.m. on the day of the ceremony to witness the arrival of the Prime Minister‑designate and members of the ministry.

Public access via Thomas or Mackay pedestrian Gates. Members of the public must be in the designated area no later than 9:30 a.m.

Visitors waiting outdoors will be able to watch the ceremony on two screens located on the grounds.

This event will take place rain or shine and is expected to end at around 1 p.m. All visitors should dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes as they may need to stand on the grass or on uneven ground.

For security reasons, we would ask that you refrain from bringing signs or large bags.

No parking on site.

We recommend you walk, bike, take a bus or a taxi, get dropped off or park on the neighbouring streets.

Persons with mobility restrictions are asked to call 1-866-842-4422 or email guide@gg.ca for more information.

The event is open to the media.

Download the map (PDF).

Sequence of Events of the Swearing-In Ceremony

When a new government is formed, the governor general presides over the swearing-in of the prime minister of Canada and members of his Ministry during a ceremony in the Ballroom at Rideau Hall. Here is background information related to the ceremony.

Fact Sheets

Swearing-In of a New Ministry (Infographic)
  1. The ministers-designate arrive at Rideau Hall.
  2. The prime minister-designate arrives at the Residence’s main entrance and meets with the governor general.
  3. The swearing-in ceremony begins.
  4. The swearing-in of the prime minister-designate begins.
  5. The Oath of Office is administered to the prime minister-designate by the clerk of the Privy Council at the commencement of the swearing-in ceremony of the new ministry (if the prime minister-designate is not already a member of the Privy Council, he or she will first take the Oath of Allegiance and the Privy Councillor’s Oath, before taking the Oath of Office).
  6. The prime minister-designate signs the oath book(s), followed by the governor general and the clerk of the Privy Council.
  7. The newly sworn-in prime minister signs the Instrument of Advice nominating his ministry and presents it to the governor general.
  8. The governor general signs the Instrument of Advice to accept the recommendations by the prime minister.
  9. The swearing-in of the new ministry begins, commencing with the ministers-designate who are already members of the Privy Council, followed by those who are not. Like the prime minister-designate, they take their respective oaths and sign their respective oath books.
  10. Following the swearing-in of the last member of the ministry, the governor general, the prime minister and the clerk of the Privy Council sign the oath books to formally attest to the swearing-in of the ministry.
  11. Then, the minister of Industry, who also has responsibilities as the registrar general of Canada, is entrusted with the Great Seal of Canada by the governor general.
  12. The swearing-in ceremony ends with the singing of the National Anthem.
  13. An official photo of the governor general with the prime minister and Cabinet is taken.
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