Do’s and don’ts when displaying the flag

Do

  • The National Flag of Canada should always fly alone on its own flagpole or mast.
  • The National Flag of Canada can be flown at night without being lit.
  • 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.
  • The National Flag of Canada is lowered to half-mast on occasions when a demonstration of sorrow is called for.
  • 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.
  • The National Flag of Canada should be treated with respect.

Don’ts

  • 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.
  • The National Flag of Canada should not be written on or marked in any way, nor be covered by other objects.
  • Nothing should be pinned or sewn on the National Flag of Canada.
  • 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.

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