Sovereign's Flag for Canada

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Ottawa, Ontario
Registration of a Flag
May 6, 2023
Vol. VIII, p. 180

Sovereign’s Flag for Canada
Sovereign’s Flag for Canada
Sovereign’s Flag for Canada

Sovereign’s Flag for Canada


A banner of the Arms of the Sovereign in Right of Canada;


This is a rectangular flag version of the shield of the Arms of Canada. The sprig of three maple leaves represents all Canadians, the maple leaf having been used as a symbol of Canadian identity since the early 19th century. The other four sections are the three lions of England, the lion within a double border of fleurs-de-lis of Scotland, the harp of Ireland and the fleurs-de-lis of France.



Canada Gazette Information

Since 2023, grants, registrations and approvals of heraldic emblems are no longer announced in the Canada Gazette.

Letters patent registering the Sovereign’s Flag for Canada

Additional Information


Original concept of the Canadian Heraldic Authority based on the Royal Arms of Canada proclaimed in 1921 by King George V.


Cathy Bursey-Sabourin


Not applicable

Recipient Type

Civil Institution
National (General)