Flag Dos and Don'ts

  • DO – The National Flag of Canada should always fly alone on its own mast or flagpole.

  • DON'T – The dimensions/proportions of the National Flag of Canada have an exact ratio of 2 to 1 (twice as long as it is wide), and must not be modified.

  • DO – The National Flag of Canada can be flown at night without being lit.

  • DON'T – The National Flag of Canada should not be written on or marked in any way, nor be covered by other objects.

  • DO – When the National Flag of Canada is raised or lowered, or when it is carried past in a parade or review, people should face the flag, men should remove their hats, and all should remain silent.

  • DON'T – Nothing should be pinned or sewn on the National Flag of Canada.

  • DO – Half-mast the National Flag of Canada on occasions when a public demonstration of sorrow is called for.

  • DON'T – The National Flag of Canada should never be dipped or lowered to the ground as a means of paying a salute or compliment to any person or thing.

  • DO – Replace a faded or torn flag with a new one. When a flag becomes tattered and is no longer in a suitable condition for use, it should be destroyed in a dignified way.

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