Position of Honour
The location of the position of honour depends on the number of flags flown. When two flags (or more than three flags) are displayed, the position of honour is furthest to the left. To an observer facing the display, the Canadian flag should be on the left and the City flag on the right.
When three flags are flown, the position of honour is in the centre. From the perspective of the audience facing the flags, the Canadian flag should be placed in the centre, the Provincial flag on the left and the City flag on the right.
The order of precedence for flags is:
- The National Flag of Canada
- The flags of other sovereign nations in alphabetical order.
- The flags of the provinces of Canada (in the order in which they joined Confederation)
- The flags of the territories of Canada (in the order in which they joined Confederation)
- The flags of municipalities/cities
- Banners of organizations
- Historical Flags
When there are more than three flagpoles, the National Flag of Canada should be flown on the left of the observer facing the flags. An additional National Flag of Canada may be displayed at the end of the line if desired.
When the National Flag of Canada is flown alone on top of or in front of a building where there are two flagpoles, it should be flown on the flagpole to the left to an observer facing the flag.
When the National Flag of Canada is flown alone on top of or in front of a building where there are more than two flagpoles, it should be flown as near as possible to the centre.
It is not proper to fly the Canadian flag on the same flag pole as any other flag. According to Heritage Canada. The Canadian flag should always be flown on it's own mast. It should not be subjected to indignity or displayed in a position inferior to any other flag.
Half-masting for Mourning
In Canada, half-mast is the preferred term rather than half-staff. This is in reference to nautical masts.
The flag is brought to the half-mast position by first raising it to the top of the mast then immediately lowering it slowly to the half-mast position.
A satisfactory position for half-masting is to place the centre of the flag exactly half-way down the staff.
Flags on City buildings and space may be lowered to half-mast to commemorate special dates such as Remembrance Day, as a measure of respect and condolence when a high profile official passes away or as per protocol recommendation.
A flag is generally half-masted until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial, unless other arrangements have been specified.
Requesting a Community Flag
Non-profit or charitable groups may apply to have their flag raised by contacting the City's Civic Events Office. If approved, these flags may be flown for up to one month on the "Community Flag Pole" located on the southwest corner of the City Hall Plaza near the Cenotaph.
Flags will be raised under two circumstances:
1. Flags of nations recognized by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs upon request, on its national day of an anniversary of a special occasion.
2. Flags of non-profit or charitable organizations may be raised upon request of up to one month.
You can also request to raise a flag on the City of St. Albert community flag pole
City Hall Flag Specifications
The Canadian flag, Provincial flag and City of Edmonton flag are flown on the official flag poles in front of City Hall.
These flags are 3 feet by 6 feet or 0.90 by 1.80 metres.
More information about flag etiquette is available on the Canadian Heritage website.