Protocol for events and ceremonies

Ceremonial protocol is a set of procedures and guidelines mostly relating to etiquette and precedence used in the organization of and during an important event. Traditions and customs inform protocol. In fact, a practice can become a custom or develop into a tradition which can then be adopted as accepted protocol, such as honours and salutes for dignitaries and the Royal Family.


Services and information

Protocol guidelines for organizing or attending a special event

Become familiar with the guidelines for honours and salutes, precedence, styles of address, and other etiquette to follow for special events and ceremonies.

Meeting the Royal Family

Become familiar with guidelines for meeting Royal Family members during special events such as Royal Tours.

About National Flag etiquette

Find out the different ways for flying the National Flag while attached to a building or a pole, its placement when combined with other flags, and other international flags most common in Canada.

Half-masting of the National Flag of Canada

Discover the rules for half-masting the National Flag of Canada or consult notices on half-masting events in Canada.

Protocol Offices

Contact one of our protocol offices in your province or territory for more information or guidance on protocol for special events and ceremonies.


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