The Canadian Flag was approved by Parliament and on February 15, 1965 proclaimed
by Her Majesty The Queen. It is described as a red flag of the proportions two
by length and one by width, containing in its centre a white square the width of
the flag, bearing a single red maple leaf.
1. It is appropriate for the Canadian Flag to be flown or displayed by
individuals and organizations; but at all times the Flag should be treated with
dignity and respect and flown or displayed properly.
2. When possible the Flag is flown daily from sunrise to sunset at all federal
government buildings, airports and military bases and establishments within and
outside Canada. It is not contrary to etiquette to have the Flag flying at
3. The Flag may be displayed flat or flown on a staff. If flat, it may be hung
horizontally or vertically. If it hangs vertically against a wall, the Flag
should be placed so that the upper part of the leaf is to the left and the stem
is to the right as seen by spectators.
4. The Flag may be flown or displayed in a church, auditorium, or other meeting
place. When used in the chancel of a church or on a speaker's platform the Flag
should be flown to the right of the Clergyman or speaker. When used in the body
of a church or auditorium the Flag should be flown to the right of the audience
or congregation. The Flag should not be used to cover a speaker's table or be
draped in front of the platform; nor should it be allowed to touch the floor. If
displayed flat against the wall at the back of a platform, the Flag should be
above and behind the speaker.
5. When used on the occasion of unveiling a monument, tablet, picture, etc., the
Flag should be properly draped and prevented from falling to the ground or
6. In a procession, where several flags are carried, the Canadian Flag should be
in the position of honour at the marching right or at the centre front.
7. The Flag should not be used for commercial advertising purposes. It is quite
appropriate to fly it at business establishments or to display it to identify
Canadian exhibits at fairs. Its use in such cases, as in all others, should
reflect respect for the Flag.
When a Flag becomes worn, noticeably faded or otherwise unfit for service, it
should be disposed of privately by burning.
1. The position of the Flag when flying at half-mast will depend on its size,
the length of the flagstaff and its location; but as a general rule, the centre
of the Flag should be exactly half-way down the staff. When hoisted to or
lowered from half-mast position, the Flag should first be raised to the
2. Flags of The Portage la Prairie School Division No. 24 will be flown at
half-mast on the death of the Sovereign or a member of the Royal Family related
in the first degree to the Sovereign, the Governor General, The Prime Minister
of Canada, a former Governor General, a former Prime Minister of Canada, a
federal Cabinet Minister, the Lieutenant Governor of the province, the
Provincial Premier, the member of the House of Commons or the member of the
3. Flags of The Portage la Prairie School Division No. 24 may be flown at
half-mast on the day of the funeral in honour of students, staff, residents, or
former residents of The Portage la Prairie School Division at the discretion of
the Board of Trustees or the Superintendent of Schools.
Reference: General rules for flying and displaying the Canadian Flag and
other flags in Canada. Secretary of State, Cat. No. 52-74/1978.
Adopted: Apr. 8/82
Revised: Sept. 10/92
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