Wednesday, April 14

How to watch the 2021 US presidential inauguration in Canada

After four years, Donald J. Trump will no longer be president of the United States.

Today at 11:30 am ET, the presidential inauguration of Joseph R. Biden will begin, with Vice President Kamala Harris being sworn in shortly thereafter and the president-elect himself taking the oath at 12pm. Performances by Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga will lead the induction.

Various opening ceremonies It will follow, including a Biden address, a ‘Pass in Review on the East Front’ with the military and, starting at 8:30 pm, a special ‘Celebrating America’ hosted by Tom Hanks with the likes of John Legend, Justin Timberlake and Kerry Washington.

Trump, who has been blocked on multiple social media for encouraging the deadly January 6 attacks on the US Capitol, will not attend the inauguration. However, Vice President Mike Pence will be present, as well as former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

In Canada, there will be several ways to tune in to the opening.

Biden Channels

The first and foremost thing is through The event will also be relayed to the Biden administration. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch channels. All of these are open to Canadians.

If you specifically want Canadian network coverage, there are several that have you covered too.


CBC gem and the app on Android and iOS will transmit the Special: The Inauguration of Joseph Biden, Jr., hosted by Adrienne Arsenault, starting at 10 am ET (also on CBC’s television channel).

On TV and CBC Gem, coverage begins at 6 a.m. ET on Network with Heather Hiscox on CBC Morning Live. From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET, Andrew Nichols and Suhana Meharchand will co-host live coverage of the events after Biden and Harris are sworn in and will feature reactions from Canada and around the world.

More information can be found here.


CTV will kick off a three-hour special at the opening night at 9 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV News Channel, and the CTV News app on Android and iOS. The network says it will have “panels of experts to help contextualize the importance of the moment for Canadian viewers.” There will also be a live blog on the CTV website.

More details are available here.

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