Flag Placement

How you place flags depends on the number of flags and the ranking of each flag. The location of the position of honour depends on the number of flags flown and the chosen configuration.

Find out how to place:

Two Flags

When two flags are displayed, to an observer facing the flags, the position of honour is on the left. For example, when Canada’s flag and B.C.’s flag are flown together, Canada’s flag is on the left and B.C.’s is on the right. In B.C., when our flag is flown with another national, provincial or state flag, B.C.’s flag holds the position of honour.

Examples:

Example 1A - placement of two flags

Example 1B - placement of two flags

Three Flags

When three flags are displayed, the position of honour is in the centre. To an observer facing the display, the second-ranking flag (in order of precedence) is placed to the left of center and the other to the right.

Example:

Example 2 - Placement of three flags

Multiple Flags

When more than three flags are flown, the position of honour is furthest to the left, followed by other flags in order of precedence:

  1. The National Flag of Canada
  2. The flags of other sovereign nations in alphabetical order (if applicable)
  3. The flags of the provinces of Canada (in the order in which they joined Confederation)
  4. The flags of the territories of Canada (in the order in which they joined Confederation)
  5. The flags of municipalities/cities
  6. Banners of organizations
  7. Historical Flags

Example:

Example 3 - Placement of multiple flags