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Ottawa, Ontario
Registration of the National Flag of Canada
March 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 460

National Flag of Canada
National Flag of Canada
National Flag of Canada

National Flag of Canada


Gules on a Canadian pale Argent a maple leaf Gules;


The maple leaf has been used as a Canadian symbol since at least the early 19th century. A sprig of three maple leaves appears in the Royal Arms of Canada proclaimed in 1921, originally shown as green on a white background, but altered in 1957 to red on white. This likely inspired the choice of colours for the flag.



Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the letters patent was made on June 11, 2005 in Volume 139, page 2034 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters patent registering the National Flag of Canada

Additional Information


Original concept of Dr. George Stanley, and recommended for adoption by a Senate and House of Commons Committee in 1964


Not applicable


Not applicable

Recipient Type

Civil Institution
National (General)

Other Information

The recipient’s emblem was approuved by Royal Proclamation of Her Majesty the Queen on the 28th day of January 1965 with the effective date of the 15th day of February 1965;