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House of Assembly

Newfoundland and Labrador

Visiting the House of Assembly

There are several ways citizens can experience the House of Assembly and the democratic process in action.

Experience the focal point of democracy in our province! From our beginnings first as a Colony of Great Britain, then a Dominion, and since 1949 a province of Canada, the Legislature has a rich history with many stories to tell. Free tours run for approximately 45 minutes and include time inside the House of Assembly Chamber.

Tours depart from the main lobby of Confederation Building, East Block located on Prince Philip Drive, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

October 16 – May 31

All tours must be scheduled in advance by contacting the House of Assembly. Please note when the House is in Session, tours are not available on Wednesday, and are offered during the morning only on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

June 1 – August 31

Tours operate on a schedule Monday to Friday (excluding provincial government holidays), at the following times:

  • 9:45 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:45 p.m.

September 1 to October 15

Tours operate on a schedule Monday to Friday (excluding provincial government holidays), at the following times:

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

Group tours at any time of year must be scheduled in advance by contacting the House of Assembly.

For more information or to schedule a tour in advance, contact us.

Visitors may watch House proceedings from the public galleries when the House is sitting. The House usually sits from:

  • 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays

The following protocols are in place for visitors to the public galleries:

  • Visitors to the House of Assembly public galleries can access the main lobby of the East Block through either the front entrance or the northeast entrance at the rear.
  • Visitor parking is available at the front entrance. Accessible parking is available near the northeast entrance.
  • Visitors must provide photo identification to security who will issue a House of Assembly visitor identification card. Visitors will be directed to the third floor for security screening to enter the public gallery.
  • A visitor to the public gallery who has a subsequent meeting with a Member of the House of Assembly will need to return to security to exchange their House of Assembly visitor identification card for a Confederation Building Complex visitor identification card.

For the enhanced safety of visitors, cameras are placed throughout the public galleries. It is important to remember that the following customs must be observed by visitors to ensure that proceedings take place without disturbances:

  • Please leave items including packages and bags (other than purses) with the attendant in the third floor lobby before entering.
  • Please do not enter until you are instructed to do so by the lobby attendants.
  • Please be seated immediately once you enter.
  • Demonstrations are not permitted, including the display of signs, banners, buttons or other activities that may convey a political statement.
  • Please do not show approval or disapproval of activities taking place on the floor of the Chamber by applauding or talking out loud.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted.
  • For your safety and the safety of those on the Chamber floor, do not lean over or place objects on the gallery railing.

Use of electronic devices is not permitted by visitors in the public galleries. Any person in violation will be asked to leave the galleries immediately.

  • Visitors doing business with an MHA or officials of the House of Assembly will enter the Confederation Building complex at the visitor entrance (the northwest basement entrance in the East Block).
  • Visitors must provide photo identification to security who will issue a visitor identification card.
  • Visitors will need to be escorted to/from their meetings.