The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Ottawa, Ontario
Registration of the National Flag of Canada
March 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 460

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Gules on a Canadian pale Argent a maple leaf Gules;



Red and white were approved as Canada's official colours in the proclamation of the royal arms of Canada in 1921 by King George V. According to many historians, the maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on June 11, 2005, in Volume 139, page 2034 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Dr. George Stanley, and recommended for adoption by a Senate and House of Commons Committee in 1964

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Recipient Information

Civil Institution
National (General)

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The recipient’s emblem was approuved by Royal Proclamation of Her Majesty the Queen on the 28th day of January 1965 with the effective date of the 15th day of February 1965;