TORONTOThe Government of Canada will hold a state funeral for the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, who passed away on September 19, 2020.

A church service will be held on October 6, 2020, at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in Toronto. The ceremony is by invitation only and will strictly follow public health COVID-19 protocols on mask wearing, sanitizing, physical distancing and congregating.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.


To help us comply with public health and safety rules, media representatives must register in advance by writing to or they will be denied access to the media position outside of the Cathedral. Registration must be done by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Physical distancing and wearing a face covering will be mandatory.

Entry will be denied to any person—including members of the media, partners and event organizers—who exhibits symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, has been in contact with someone who has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the 14 days preceding the event, has been advised by the regional health authority to self-isolate, or has travelled outside Canada in the 14 days preceding the event.

EVENT: State Funeral

DATE: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

TIME: 11:00 a.m. (Media should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m.)

LOCATION: St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario

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