Canadian Flag Etiquette

The flag etiquette indicated below applies to the Canadian Flag while it is being flown in Canada.

A. Height

No other flag should be flown higher than the Canadian Flag.


B. Flags on the Same Pole

The Canadian Flag must always be flown on its own pole or mast.


C. Flown Alone on a Pole

When three flags are flown together, the Canadian Flag should occupy the central position, with the next ranking flag to the left and the third ranking flag to the right, as seen by spectators from the front.


D. Flown Alone with Other National Flags

When two or more National Flags are flown at the same time as the Canadian Flag, separate poles of the same height must be used. The Canadian Flag must be displayed at the left as seen by spectators from the front.



E. Procession

  • In procession, carry the Canadian Flag on the marching right, on the left as seen by spectators (E1).
  • When several other flags are carried abreast, carry the Canadian Flag in front and centre of the other flags (E2).



F. Podiums

  • When the Canadian Flag is displayed on a speakers platform on a pole, it should be on the speaker’s right hand side as they face the audience (F1).
  • When placed on a wall make sure that the Canadian Flag hangs flat (F2).


G. Crossing Flags

When crossed with another flag, the Canadian Flag should appear on the viewers left with the pole over the other flag’s pole.


H. Yardarm

When displayed with another National Flag, Provincial or Territorial flag, company flag or pennant on a flagpole fitted with a yardarm, the Canadian Flag must be to the left as seen by spectators from the front.


I. Vertical Display

When displaying the Canadian Flag vertically, 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 from the front.


The Canadian flag should be destroyed in a dignified manner once it becomes worn, tattered or no longer appropriate for flying.

For more information the etiquette of the Canadian Flag, please click here.

Half Masting

Up-to-date Half-Masting notifications are sent out by Canadian Heritage.
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For the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada, please click here.

Flag Care

Although there is no exact timeline for how long a flag will last, there are a variety of things you can do to help extend your flags life. We usually suggest that in normal conditions a flag should last anywhere from 3-6 months. It is important to remember though that regardless of how well a flag is constructed, it will sooner or later succumb to the elements.

Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your flag:

"1. If you intend to fly your flag outdoors, make sure that it has been made specifically for outside use."

"2. To achieve maximum life for your flag, do not expose to freezing rain, heavy snow or abnormally high winds. These elements can prematurely shorten a flags life."

"3. If storing your flag, ensure that it is completely dry before putting it away."

"4. Do not place the flag where the wind could whip it against a rough surface, wires, tree branches, cables, etc. The smallest tear could result in more severe damage."

"5. Inspect your flag regularly for signs of wear or damage. The most common area of damage usually occurs on the fly end of your flag. Trimming off and re-hemming torn or frayed ends will help extend your flags life."

"6.Keep pole free of heavy dirt, rust or corrosion; this could also damage your flag."