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Ottawa, Ontario
Registration of the National Flag of Canada
March 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 460

National Flag of Canada

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Gules on a Canadian pale Argent a maple leaf Gules;



The maple leaf has been used as a Canadian symbol since at least the early 19th century. A sprig of three maple leaves appears in the Royal Arms of Canada proclaimed in 1921, originally shown as green on a white background, but altered in 1957 to red on white. This likely inspired the choice of colours for the flag.