National Flag of Canada Day

Canada Flags on Parliament Hill

“The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion,” declared the Speaker of the Senate at the Inauguration of the new flag in 1965.

On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Canada was just two years away from centennial celebrations when the maple leaf flag was made official by Royal Proclamation. In 1996, February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day and has been observed every year since.
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In 2016, the National Flag of Canada is celebrating its 51st anniversary. Canadians are invited to celebrate this important symbol of our Canadian identity by organizing their own events and by showing their pride on social media.

Montage of eight photos of people proudly holding the Canadian flag, and a large maple leaf in the background.
National Flag of Canada Day Poster - Text version

Image 1: Players in a soccer stadium are waving the flag.

Image 2: Parks Canada employee smiling and running in the snow while holding the flag.

Image 3: Man holding the flag on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

Image 4: Two children are wearing red and white. They are smiling and each holds one small Canadian flag.

Image 5: Nine employees from Fisheries and Oceans Canada with lifejackets are posing in front of the flag.

Image 6: An athlete wearing a tuque and mittens CANADA is giving a high five to a kid holding two small Canadian flag.

Image 7: Five Parks Canada employees holding a Canadian flag, posing in front of a mountain.

Image 8: Spectators in bleachers holding the Canadian flag over their heads.

Take part in the Share your Moment with the Flag” Challenge by sharing a picture or video of you and the flag with the hashtag #CanadianFlag and challenge your family and friends to do the same.

Share your images, stories and accounts of Flag Day activities on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr (#CanadianFlag).

Download printable versions of the poster and order promotional material for an activity celebrating the 51st anniversary of your National Flag of Canada.

National Flag of Canada Day

This video highlights the national flag in different outdoor moments or waved by people.

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