Flags & Flag Etiquette

Flags

Manufactured in Canada, these flags use a premium high tenacity, lightweight nylon.  The nylon meets Federal Government specifications.  The flags are manufactured for strength and ultraviolet resistance.  Its finish is a brilliant satin appearance in a lightweight fabric that flies in the slightest of breezes.

Hornsby Canvas & Tarpaulin Ltd inventories Canada, Ontario, Union Jack and United States Flags.canada

The most popular sizes are: 54″ x 27″, 72″ x 36″ and 108″ x 54″.

Other Country, Specialty and Custom Designed Flags are available.

Flag Etiquette

  • Do not fly any other flag higher than the National Flag
  • When placed on a wall, make sure that the National Flag is hung as if the mast were on the right side of the flag (your left).
  • No Flag, banner or pennant should be flown or displayed above the Canadian Flag when on the same flag pole.
  • When three flags are flown together, the Canadian Flag should occupy the central position, with the next ranking flag to the left and third rankg flag to the right, as seen by spectators in front of the flags.
  • When two flags or more than three nation’s flags are flown, use separate staffs of the same height.
  • In procssions, carry the National Flag on the marching right.
  • When several other flags are carried abreast, carry the Naional Flag in front of the centre of the line.
  • When crossed with another flag, the National Flag is on the flag’s right (reader’s left) with the staff over that of the other flag.
  • A church flag is often used with the National Flag in the Chancel of a church.  In such cases, the National Flag should be on the left and the Church Flag on the right as you face the chancel.
  • When flying the National Flag at half-mast, first raise it to the masthead, and then slowly bring it down at least the flag’s width from the masthead, bu not more than half way.

Flag Care

  1. Where possible, a flag should be taken down every night.
  2. Never store a wet or damp flag; spread it out until dry.
  3. If soiled, a flag may be safely hand washed using any domestics soap or detergent, which does not contain bleach.
  4. If lightly frayed or torn, a flag should be repaired at once.  It could save the cost of a new flag.
  5. When your flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner.When done in protest, burning a country’s flag is highly controversial. But in both Canada and the U.S., burning the flag is not illegal. Many modern flags are made of synthetic material, which can make burning problematic. In those instances cut or tear a flag into pieces before it’s thrown away.