News release

2023 New Year’s Day Levée

Nova Scotians are invited to attend the annual Lieutenant-Governor’s New Year’s Day Levée on Sunday, January 1, in Halifax.

“My wife, Patsy, and I greatly enjoy welcoming Nova Scotians to Government House during the levée,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “It is a pleasure to meet everyone and extend our best wishes for the coming year.”

The event is an opportunity for guests to exchange New Year’s greetings with the lieutenant-governor and Mrs. LeBlanc and visit the oldest vice-regal residence in North America.

It takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Government House, 1451 Barrington St. The event is open to the public; invitations are not required.

Quick Facts:

  • New Year’s Day levées are social events hosted by the Governor General of Canada, lieutenant-governors, military establishments, municipalities and other institutions
  • levées have become a time-honoured tradition in Nova Scotia and provide opportunities for local officials and community members to exchange goodwill greetings
  • this will be the first Lieutenant-Governor’s New Year’s Day Levée in Halifax since 2020; the 2021 and 2022 events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • about 700 guests attend the lieutenant-governor’s levée each year