CBC will broadcast specials featuring July 1 festivities on television and online
Canada Day celebrations in 2023 will include speeches, a special citizenship ceremony and musical performances — though the weather in the capital may not be so festive.
CBC's David Cochrane will host coverage of the celebrations, which will take place at LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa, where the daytime ceremony starts at 11:45 a.m. ET. It will open with an Indigenous Reflection ceremony led by Indigenous elders.
A special citizenship ceremony will follow, which will include remarks from the prime minister and the governor general. Seventeen new Canadians will participate in the citizenship ceremony.
Gov. Gen. Mary Simon has released her Canada Day message this morning, saying there's work to do for Canadians to combat climate change, to "care for our mental health in the same way we do our physical health," and "overcome obstacles to equality, fairness, justice and inclusion."
In his message, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians can take pride in a country that's the "envy of the world," where "differences are celebrated and diversity is embraced."
WATCH | The prime minister's Canada Day message
The prime minister's Canada Day message
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shares his Canada Day message ahead of celebrations across the country.
"People fleeing violence and persecution dream of a life here. Businesses open headquarters in our cities and manufacturing plants in our towns. And world leaders look to us for leadership in times of crisis," he said.
Later in the day, the prime minister will join the CBC's Catherine Cullen for an interview.
Ceremonies to include Lightfoot tribute
The evening celebrations begin at 8 p.m. and will include performances from several Canadian artists from across the country, including Jann Arden, Roxane Bruneau, Preston Pablo, Tegan and Sara, Dear Rouge, Madison Violet, Josh Q and many more.
There will also be a tribute to the late Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who died earlier this year.
Weather could hamper festivities in the capital, with possible wildfire smoke and a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday.
CBC will broadcast both the daytime and evening specials on CBC-TV, as well as online at the top of this story. You can also catch both specials on CBCNews.ca, and stream them on CBC Gem and CBC News Explore.
CBC's coverage of the daytime special will start at 11:30 a.m. ET, and the evening special at 8 p.m. ET.
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