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
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
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 night.
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
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.
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 masthead.
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 Provincial Legislature.
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