Flag-raisings and half-masting a flag
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Flag-raisings enhance public awareness of activities such as fund-raising drives, multi-cultural events and national or independence days.
A country, event or activity flag or pennant is raised on the courtesy flagpole located at City Hall, for up to two weeks.
The City of Toronto will only fly the flags of nations recognized by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, on national days or on the anniversary of a special occasion, or the flags of non-profit or charitable organizations.
Requests to use the courtesy flagpole should be submitted in writing and will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. Please send the following information to:
Toronto Protocol Services
City Clerk's Office
100 Queen St. W.
City Hall, Second floor, West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Please mark the envelope "Flag Raising Request"
- organization name, address, contact, title, phone number, fax number and e-mail address
- proposed date and time of flag raising ceremony
- request for a ceremony
- equipment required e.g. lectern, microphone
- name of flag to be raised.
For more information call 416-392-8191.
Flags may be lowered to half-mast to commemorate special dates such as Remembrance Day or as a measure of respect and condolence when a high profile official passes away.
Flags are half-masted at Toronto City Hall, Metro Hall and Civic Centres.
A flag is generally half-masted until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial, unless other arrangements have been specified.Back to top