Rob Ford funeral: Full itinerary and how to watch today

The funeral service for Toronto city councillor and former mayor Rob Ford will be held today, and you can follow the proceedings online.

Funeral procession will begin at city hall ahead of a noon service at St. James Cathedral

The funeral for city councillor and former Toronto mayor Rob Ford will take place today at St. James Cathedral. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Rob Ford's two children, former Ontario premier Mike Harris and Ford's brother Doug will speak today at the funeral for the former Toronto mayor.  

Ford's casket will be taken in a procession from city hall to St. James Cathedral downtown for a funeral service for the colourful politician, who died of cancer last week at the age of 46. The Ford family has invited members of the public to walk along.

Among those scheduled to attend Ford's funeral are Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and current Toronto Mayor John Tory.   

You can follow the proceedings online.

Live coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. ET online at CBCNews.ca and CBC.ca/Toronto, and on television on CBC News Network.

Since Monday, Ford's body has been lying in repose in the city hall rotunda, where family members have been receiving dignitaries and members of the public who wanted to pay their final respects.

Ford family members sit in the city hall rotunda as Rob Ford's body lies in repose. The family will host a public celebration of his life on Wednesday evening. (Patrick Morrell/CBC)

Here's how the procession and funeral will unfold today (all times ET):

  • Family will congregate at city hall at approximately 10 a.m.
  • Ford's casket will be removed from the rotunda, accompanied by an honour guard and ceremonial bagpipes, around 11 a.m.
  • The funeral cortège is expected to leave city hall at 11:15 a.m. and begin the procession to St. James Cathedral.
  • At 11:30 a.m. there will be a final call for invited guests, other than those in the procession, to enter the church. Between 50 and 100 members of the public could also be admitted to the church, but standing room will not be permitted.
  • The funeral is scheduled to begin at noon.
  • The cortege will leave the church around 1:30 p.m. for a private burial service.
  • From 6:30-9 p.m., members of the Ford family will host a public celebration of the former mayor's life at the Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Rd.).

Funeral procession route:

  • Eastbound on Queen Street to Yonge Street.
  • Southbound on Yonge Street to King Street.
  • Eastbound along King Street to Church Street.

According to information released late Tuesday by Ford's chief of staff, Dan Jacobs, honorary pallbearers will be: 

  • Doug Ford.
  • Randy Ford.
  • Michael Ford.
  • Dom Sgambelluri.
  • Amin Massoudi.
  • Dan Jacobs.
Rob Ford's widow, Renata, hugs members of the public who travelled to city hall on Monday to pay their final respects. (John Rieti/CBC)

Speakers at the service will include:

  • Ford's children, Dougie and Stephanie Ford.
  • Former Ontario premier Mike Harris. 
  • Ford's brother Doug Ford. 

Tents on the west lawn of the cathedral will be equipped to broadcast the service for members of the public, while audio from inside the church will also be played on the south lawn.

A video projection of the service will be shown in the city hall rotunda.

Road closures in the area:

  • King Street from Jarvis Street to Church Street.
  • Adelaide Street East from Church Street to Jarvis Street.
  • Church Street from Wellington Street East to Adelaide Street East.

The northbound lane of Church Street, from King Street to Colborne Street, will be closed beginning on Tuesday evening. The rest of the road closures will begin at 9 a.m. and will last intermittently until about 3 p.m., according to a news release from Toronto police.

Five TTC routes will also be affected by the funeral procession.


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