Statement by Minister Guilbeault on the 55th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada


OTTAWA, February 15, 2020

Today we celebrate National Flag of Canada Day. On February 15, 1965, Canada’s new flag was raised for the very first time as a symbol that unites all Canadians and reflects our common values. This marked the start of a new era for our country, an era that saw Canada distinguish itself through the courage, creativity, openness, passion and compassion of the people who live here.

Today is a perfect opportunity to show our Canadian pride and to celebrate the flag that unites us from coast to coast to coast.

I encourage you to celebrate National Flag of Canada Day by taking the photo challenge. Snap a shot with the flag and post your best photos on social media using the hashtag #CanadianFlag. You can also visit the Canadian Heritage website to learn more about our flag’s 55-year history.

On February 15, whether you’re here in Canada or abroad, take a moment to post a photo of yourself with the Canadian flag—a source of inspiration and pride for us all!


Camille Gagné-Raynauld
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

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