The Office of International Relations and Protocol also provides protocol advice, tools and services.

Addressing the Premier or Cabinet Ministers

“The Honourable” is used when addressing the Premier and/or a Cabinet Minister. The title can be shortened to The Hon., e.g., The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario.

Salutations should read:

Dear Premier or Dear Premier Ford

Dear Minister or Dear Minister Elliott

The Premier and/or Cabinet Minister does not keep the title of “The Honourable” after leaving office.

A Premier will only retain the title of “The Honourable” for life if they are made a member of the Queen’s Privy Council by the federal government.

Ontario Order of Precedence

The Order of Precedence determines speaking order and where officials are seated for Government of Ontario events and activities.

  1. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario or the Administrator
  2. The Premier of Ontario
  3. The Chief Justice of Ontario
  4. Former Lieutenant Governors of Ontario, with relative precedence among them governed by the date of their leaving office
  5. Former Premiers of Ontario, with relative precedence among them governed by the dates of their first assumption of office
  6. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  7. Heads of accredited Diplomatic Missions in Ottawa with relative precedence to be determined by the date they present their credentials to the Governor General of Canada
  8. Members of the Executive Council of Ontario, in accordance with the precedence document issued by the Cabinet Office
  9. The Leader of the Opposition
  10. Members of the Privy Council for Canada resident in Ontario (See Note 2 below)
  11. The Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice
  12. The Associate Chief Justice of Ontario
  13. The Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice
  14. The Chief Justice and the Associate Chief Justices of the Ontario Court of Justice (See Note 3 below)
  15. Judges of the Ontario Court of Appeal (See Note 3 below)
  16. Judges of the Superior Court of Justice (See Note 3 below)
  17. Members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario with precedence governed by the date of their first election to the Legislature
  18. (a) Members of the Senate who represent Ontario with relative precedence among them determined by the date of appointment
    (b) Members of the House of Commons who represent Ontario constituencies with relative precedence among them determined by the date of election, and alphabetically for those elected at the same election
  19. Heads of religious denominations
  20. Heads of Consular Post with jurisdiction in the Province of Ontario with precedence governed by date of exequatur
  21. Judges of the Ontario Court of Justice
  22. (a) The Chair of the host Regional Municipality (where applicable)
    (b) The host Mayor
  23. (a) Other Chairs of Regional Municipalities (where applicable)
    (b) Other Mayors with relative precedence governed by the date of appointment or election to office
    (c) Aboriginal leaders: Chiefs of the Treaty First Nations in Ontario
  24. (a) Deputy Ministers, with precedence governed by date of appointment
    (b) Other Ontario Public Service Officials with the rank and status of Deputy Ministers, with precedence governed by date of appointment

For assistance in determining order of speakers, please contact us:

Office of International Relations and Protocol
1075 Bay Street, Suite 830
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2B1

Telephone: 416-325-8535
Fax: 416-325-8550

Flag Protocol

Flag protocol determines the positioning of flags at provincial events or ceremonies.

Positioning of Two Flags

If you stand facing the flags, Canada’s flag is on the left and the other, whether it is a national or sub-national flag, is on the right, as follows:

Canada

Other

Positioning of Three Flags – with a Foreign Country

If you stand facing the flags, Canada’s flag should be in the centre, the flag of the foreign country is to the left, and Ontario’s flag is to the right, as follows:

Foreign Country

Canada

Ontario

Positioning of Three Flags – with a Municipality

If you stand facing the flags, Canada’s flag is in the centre, Ontario’s flag is to the left and the municipal flag is to the right as follows:

Ontario

Canada

Municipality

Half-Masting

There is a standard practice for half-masting flags, established by the federal government and followed by all provinces. The practice is not mandatory for individuals or organizations, but is an adaptation of international usage and reflects a long-standing custom in Canada.

Flags at all provincial government buildings will be flown at half-mast upon the death of:

  • the Sovereign
  • a member of the Royal Family related in the first degree to the Sovereign (husband, wife, son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister)
  • the Governor General of Canada, a former Governor General
  • the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, a former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • the Premier of Ontario, a former Premier of Ontario
  • the Prime Minister, a former Prime Minister
  • any other person whom it is desired to honour
  • and on commemorative anniversary dates legislated by the Provincial Government

Flags at all Ontario Government buildings within ridings or community of residence will be flown at half-mast upon the death of:

  • a current Privy Councillor, Senator or a Member of the House of Commons from the Province of Ontario
  • a current Member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario

Flags are not normally half-masted for foreign or Commonwealth heads of state or government, as these fall under federal jurisdiction; nor for federal Ministers, Senators or Members of Parliament who are not from Ontario.

Flags at individual ministry or regional facilities may be half-masted in cases of lives lost while at work, or other tragic events. Flags at the Legislative Assembly are flown at half-mast at the discretion of the Speaker, not the Government.

Flags may be half-masted from sunrise to sunset on the day of the funeral in the region of the funeral for soldiers killed in the line of duty, who were originally from Ontario or recently posted to Ontario.

Annual Half-Mast Days

Ontario annually half-masts flags from sunrise to sunset on:

April 28

National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace

June 23

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

The second Sunday in September

Firefighters’ National Memorial Day

The last Sunday in September

National Peace and Police Officers Memorial Day

November 11

Remembrance Day

December 6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Recent Half-Mastings

September 26, 2021

Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 26, 2021, in observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 24, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 27.

September 12, 2021

Firefighters’ National Memorial Day

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 12, 2021, to mark Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 10 and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 13.

August 10, 2021

Update: Death of the Honourable William G. Davis, P.C., C.C., OOnt, Q.C..

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 for the Honourable William G. Davis, Premier of Ontario, 1971 - 1985, who passed away on August 8, 2021.

Additionally, flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on the day (to be determined) of the memorial service for the late William G. Davis.

August 8, 2021

Death of the Honourable William G. Davis, P.C., C.C., OOnt, Q.C..

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial service (to be determined) for the Honourable William G. Davis, Premier of Ontario, 1971 - 1985, who passed away on August 8, 2021.

July 8, 2021

Funeral for Toronto Police Constable Jeffrey Northrup

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of Toronto will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Monday, July 12, the day of the funeral for Toronto Police Constable Jeffrey Northrup who was killed on duty, Friday, July 2, 2021.

July 2, 2021

Death of Toronto Police Constable Jeffrey Northrup

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of Toronto will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial service (to be determined) for Toronto Police Constable Jeffrey Northrup who was killed on duty, Friday, July 2, 2021.

In the City of Toronto, where flags have not been raised following the findings at former Indian Residential Schools, they should remain at half-mast.

July 2, 2021

Update: Unmarked Graves at Former Indian Residential Schools in Canada

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province, except in the City of Toronto, will be flown at half-mast until end-of-day Friday, July 2, 2021, in commemoration of unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools in Canada.

Where flags have already been raised to full mast, no further action need be taken.

June 25, 2021

In Memory of the 751 Unmarked Graves at the former Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from now until further notice in memory of the 751 unmarked graves at the former Marieval (Cowessess) Residential School.

June 23, 2021

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

June 11, 2021

Day of the funeral for the family members who were killed on June 6, 2021 in London, Ontario

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of London, Ontario, will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 12, 2021, the day of the funeral for the family members who were killed on June 6, 2021.

June 8, 2021

To mark the tragic event that took place in London, Ontario

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will remain at half-mast until sunset on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, to mark the attack that killed four members of a family in the City of London, Ontario.

June 7, 2021

In Memory of the Children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise on Monday, May 31, 2021 until until sunset on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in memory of the 215 children whose bodies have been discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.

May 30, 2021

In Memory of the Children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise on Monday, May 31, 2021 until further notice, in memory of the 215 children whose bodies have been discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.

April 19, 2021

National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, to mark the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

April 13, 2021

Death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

Flags at all Ontario Government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Saturday, April 17, the day of the funeral of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9, 2021.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, April 19.

April 9, 2021

Death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral and memorial service (to be determined) of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9, 2021.

March 11, 2021

National Day of Observance for covid 19

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, March 11, 2021. This marks one year from the day that covid 19 was first declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.

November 26, 2020

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, December 6, 2020, to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, December 4, 2020, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, December 7, 2020.

November 24, 2020

Flags at the headquarters of the Ministry of the Solicitor General, 25 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Saturday, November 28, 2020, the day of the funeral service for Constable Marc Hovingh, who was killed while on duty Thursday, November 19, 2020.

In addition, flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the riding of Algoma—Manitoulin will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on the day of the funeral, Saturday, November 28, 2020. Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, November 27, 2020 and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, November 30, 2020.

November 20, 2020

Flags at the headquarters of the Ministry of the Solicitor General, at 25 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral service for Constable Marc Hovingh, who was killed while on duty Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Flags on all government buildings will be half-masted in the region of the funeral on the day of the funeral (to be determined).

November 2, 2020

Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

October 1, 2020

Update: Death of the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner P.C., C.C., Q.C.

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast until sunset on October 6, 2020, the day of the funeral of the late Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, who passed away on September 19, 2020.

September 27, 2020

Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 27, 2020, in observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 25, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 28.

September 20, 2020

Death of the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner P.C., C.C., Q.C.

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral (date to be determined) of the late Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, who passed away on September 19, 2020.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered when business resumes on Monday, September 21.

September 13, 2020

Firefighters’ National Memorial Day

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 13, 2020, to mark Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 11 and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 14.

June 23, 2020

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

April 23, 2020

Death of the Honourable Aileen Carroll, P.C.

Where access to buildings is restricted due to COVID-19, no action should be taken.

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Barrie, will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Friday, April 24, 2020, the day of the funeral for the late Aileen Carroll, who died on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

April 20, 2020

Tragic Events in Nova Scotia

Where access to buildings is restricted due to COVID-19, no action should be taken.

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast now until sunset on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, to mark the tragic events that took place in Nova Scotia on April 18 - 19, 2020.

Should there be a national memorial service at a future date, flags will again be lowered to half-mast.

April 28, 2020

National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace

Where access to buildings is restricted due to COVID-19, no action should be taken.

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, to mark the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

March 2, 2020

Funeral for former M.P. and Senator, the Honourable David P. Smith

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the riding of University-Rosedale, in the City of Toronto, will return to full-mast at sunset on Monday, March 2, 2020 following the funeral for former M.P. and Senator, the Honourable David P. Smith which took place on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

February 27, 2020

Death of the Honourable David P. Smith, P.C., Q.C.

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the riding of University-Rosedale, in the City of Toronto, will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral (date to be determined) for former M.P. and Senator, the Honourable David P. Smith who died on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

January 10, 2020

Update: Victims of the plane crash in Tehran, Iran

Per the decision by the Government of Canada to half-mast flags across the country until Sunday, January 12, 2020, flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments will remain at half-mast until sunset on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Victims of the plane crash in Tehran, Iran

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province will fly at half-mast from now until sunset on Friday, January 10, 2020, to honour the victims of the plane crash in Tehran, Iran, on January 8, 2020.

December 6, 2019

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Friday, December 6, 2019, to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

November 11, 2019

Remembrance Day

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.

Where buildings are closed for Remembrance Day, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, November 8, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Tuesday, November 12.

September 29, 2019

Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 29, 2019, in observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 27, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 30.

September 8, 2019

Firefighters’ National Memorial Day

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 8, 2019, to mark Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 6 and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 9.

June 23, 2019

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, June 23, 2019 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, June 21, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, June 24, 2019.

April 15, 2019

National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, April 28, 2019, to mark the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, April 26 and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, April 29, 2019.

March 8, 2019

Death of the Honourable Gordon Francis Osbaldeston, P.C., C.C.

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of London, Ontario will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the day of the funeral of the late Gordon Francis Osbaldeston, member of the Privy Council of Canada, who passed away on March 6, 2019.

February 14, 2019

Update: Death of the Honourable Michael H. Wilson, P.C., C.C.

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Toronto are to be flown at half-mast until sunset on Saturday, February 16, 2019, the day of the memorial service for the late Michael H. Wilson who passed away on February 10, 2019.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, February 18 or Tuesday, February 19.

February 11, 2019

Death of the Honourable Michael H. Wilson, P.C., C.C.

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), the flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City or Toronto will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or the memorial service (date to be determined) of the late Michael H. Wilson, who passed away on February 10, 2019.

January 21, 2019

Update: Death of the Honourable Pierre de Bané, P.C., Q.C.

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Ottawa are to be returned to the masthead.

The flag on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on the day of the memorial service for the late Honourable Pierre de Bané, which will be announced at a later date.

January 14, 2019

Death of the Honourable Jean-Eudes Dubé, P.C., Q.C.

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Ottawa will fly at half-mast from now until sunset January 20, 2019, the day of the memorial service of the late Honourable Jean-Eudes Dubé, who passed away on January 5, 2019.

January 11, 2019

Death of the Honourable Pierre de Bané, P.C., Q.C.

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Ottawa will fly at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or the memorial service (date to be determined) of the late Pierre de Bané, who passed away on January 10, 2019.

December 13, 2018

Funeral for the late John Smith, MPP Hamilton Mountain 1967 – 1977

Flags at all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the riding of Hamilton Mountain will fly at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, December 13, 2018, the day of the funeral of the late John Smith, MPP Hamilton Mountain 1967 – 1977 who passed away December 6, 2018.

December 6, 2018

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, December 6, 2018, to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

December 4, 2018

Funeral for the late George H. W. Bush.

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 16), the flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments will fly at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the day of the funeral of the late George H. W. Bush, who passed away on November 30, 2018.

Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, November 9, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, November 12 or Tuesday, November 13.

October 18, 2018

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), the flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Toronto, will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Friday, October 19, 2018, the day of the funeral of the late Honourable Donald Macdonald, who passed away on October 14, 2018

October 16, 2018

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), the flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Toronto, Ontario, will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or the memorial service (date to be determined) of the late Honourable Donald Macdonald, who passed away on October 14, 2018

October 2, 2018

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), the flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Peterborough, Ontario, will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Saturday, October 13, the day of the service for the late Honourable Peter Adams, Privy Councillor, who passed away on September 28, 2018.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, October 15, 2018.

September 30, 2018

Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 30, 2018, in observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 28, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, October 1.

September 9, 2018

Firefighters’ National Memorial Day

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 9, 2018, to mark Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 7 and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 10.

September 6, 2018

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), the flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Toronto, Ontario, will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Saturday, September 15, the day of the service for the late Honourable Alastair William Gillespie, Privy Councillor, who passed away on August 19, 2018.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 17, 2018.

August 1, 2018

Flags at Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services’ facilities, including Roberta Bondar Place, 70 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie; Fire Management Headquarters/forward attack bases/attack bases; Aviation offices, and; district offices with Fire Management Headquarters attached, should be raised to full-mast at sunset on Thursday, August 2, 2018, the day of the funeral for Alberta wildland fire fighter, Jerry Gadwa who died while supporting fire suppression efforts in Red Lake, Ontario on July 26, 2018.

July 30, 2018

Flags at Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services’ facilities, including Roberta Bondar Place, 70 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie; Fire Management Headquarters/forward attack bases/attack bases; Aviation offices, and; district offices with Fire Management Headquarters attached, should be lowered to half-mast from now until further notice to honour Alberta wildland fire fighter, Jerry Gadwa who died while supporting fire suppression efforts in Red Lake, Ontario on July 26, 2018.

July 27, 2018

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments within the City of Toronto will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Monday July 30, 2018 to mark the tragic events that took place in the City of Toronto on July 22, 2018.

July 24, 2018

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments within the City of Toronto will be flown at half-mast immediately until further notice to mark the tragic events that took place in the City of Toronto on July 22, 2018.

June 23, 2018

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 23, 2018 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, June 22, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, June 25, 2018.

May 8, 2018

As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), the flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the Town of Arnprior, Ontario, will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Friday, May 11, 2018, the day of the funeral of the late Paul Wyatt Dick, former federal cabinet minister, who passed away on May 2, 2018.

May 2, 2018

In accordance with the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 8), flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the federal riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or the memorial service (date to be determined) of the late Gord Brown, MP , who passed away on May 2, 2018.

April 27, 2018 (update)

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments within the City of Toronto will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Monday, April 30, 2018, in memory of the tragic events that took place in the City of Toronto on April 23, 2018.

April 25, 2018

National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, April 28, 2018, to mark the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, April 27 and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Flags in the City of Toronto should remain at half-mast until further notice.

April 24, 2018

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments within the City of Toronto will be flown at half-mast immediately until further notice to mark the tragic events that took place in the City of Toronto on April 23, 2018.

November 17, 2017

In accordance with the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 7), flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of Toronto will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or the memorial service (date to be determined) for the late Tobias C. Enverga, Jr, who passed away on November 16, 2017.

November 6, 2017

In accordance with the Federal decision to half-mast flags as per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 16), flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of Kingston will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or the memorial service (November 6, 2017) for the late Gord Downie, who passed away on October 17, 2017.

September 14, 2017

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the riding of Scarborough-Agincourt will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or the memorial service of the late Arnold Chan, M.P. who passed away on September 14, 2017.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Flags at all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Ottawa are to be flown at half-mast now until sunset Friday, March 31, 2017 the day of the funeral for the late Honourable William (Bill) Rompkey, who passed away on March 21, 2017.

January 29, 2017

Tragic Events in the City of Québec, QC

Flags at all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province are to be lowered to half-mast now until sunset Monday, February 6, 2017, to mark the tragic events that took place in the City of Quebec on January 29, 2017.

December 7, 2016

Funeral for RCAF Captain Thomas McQueen

Flags at all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments in the City of Hamilton and the ridings of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and Haldimand-Norfolk, are to be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the day of the funeral for Royal Canadian Air Force Captain Thomas McQueen who died while on duty, November 28, 2016.

December 6, 2016

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags on all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day

Flags at all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Remembrance Day, Friday, November 11, 2016. When half-masting occurs at a place where remembrance is being observed, the half-masting can occur at 11:00 a.m. (or according to the prescribed order of service) until sunset.

Where buildings are closed for the holiday and weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Thursday, November 10 and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, November 14.

September 25, 2016

Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 25, 2016, in observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 23, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 26.

August 23, 2016

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier are to be returned to full-mast at sunset on Saturday, August 27, 2016, the day of the funeral for the Honourable Mauril Bélanger who died August 15, 2016.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be returned to full-mast when business resumes on Monday, August 29, 2016.

Death of Honourable Mauril Bélanger, P.C., M.P.

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier are to be flown at half-mast starting on August 17 until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial service in memory of the late Honourable Mauril Bélanger.

Memorial Service for five members of the Dallas Police Service killed on duty, July 7, 2016

Flags at the headquarters of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, 25 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, the day of the memorial service for five officers of the Dallas Police Service who were killed while on duty Thursday, July 7, 2016.

June 23, 2016

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, June 23, 2016 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

Death of the Honourable William H. Jarvis, P.C., Q.C.

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of Cornwall will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Thursday, May 12, 2016, the day of the commemorative service for the late Honourable William H. Jarvis, P.C., Q.C. who died on April 27, 2016.

April 28, 2016

National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, April 28, 2016, to mark the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

December 6, 2015

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

To mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Government of Ontario buildings that are closed for the weekend may lower flags at close of business on Friday, December 4 and remain at half-mast until business resumes Monday, December 7.

November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day

Flags at all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015. When half-masting occurs at a place where remembrance is being observed, the half-masting can occur at 11:00 a.m. (or according to the prescribed order of service) until sunset.

October 22, 2015

Anniversary of the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, members of the Canadian Armed Forces

To commemorate the anniversary of the tragic events that occurred in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, on October 20, 2014, and in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 22, 2014, flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

September 27, 2015

In observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day, flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 25, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 28.

July 27, 2015

Death of the Honourable Flora Isabel MacDonald, P.C., O.Ont, O.N.S.

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of Ottawa will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Sunday, August 2, 2015 the day of the memorial service for the late Honourable Flora Isabel MacDonald, P.C., C.C., O.Ont., O.N.S., who died on July 26, 2015.

Where buildings are closed for the long weekend, flags may be returned to full-mast when business resumes on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

June 26, 2015

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the riding of Kitchener-Centre will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Friday, June 26, 2015, the day of the funeral for the late Wayne Wettlaufer, MPP Kitchener-Centre 1995 - 2003.

June 23, 2015

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

May 23, 2015

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the Town of Cobourg will be flown at half-mast from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, May 23, 2015, the day of the memorial service for the late the Honourable Christine Stewart, P.C. who died on April 25, 2015.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, May 22 and remain so until business resumes on Monday, May 25.

April 28, 2015

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, to mark the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

March 14, 2015

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of Ottawa will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, March 14, 2015, the day of the funeral for Canadian Forces Sergeant Andrew Doiron, killed while on duty in Iraq on March 6, 2015.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, March 13, and remain so until business resumes on Monday, March 16.

January 26, 2015

Flags at the headquarters of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, 25 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Monday, January 26, 2015, the day of the funeral for Alberta RCMP Constable David Matthew Wynn, who died as a result of an injury sustained while on duty in St. Albert, Alberta.

January 7, 2015

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale are to be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, the day of the funeral for the late Mr. Eric Cunningham, MPP, 1975 - 1984.

December 6, 2014

To mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Government of Ontario buildings that are closed for the weekend may lower flags at close of business on Friday, December 5 and remain at half-mast until open of business Monday, December 8.

November 11, 2014

Flags at all Government of Ontario buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Remembrance Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. When half-masting occurs at a place where remembrance is being observed, the half-masting can occur at 11:00 a.m. (or according to the prescribed order of service) until sunset.

November 1, 2014

Flags at all Ontario government buildings across the province will be returned to full-mast at sunset on Saturday, November 1, 2014, the day of the funeral for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces who was killed while on duty on October 20, 2014, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, November 3, 2014.

October 22, 2014

Flags at all Ontario government buildings across the province will be flown at half-mast from now until further notice to honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada Regiment who was killed on duty at the National War Memorial on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

September 28, 2014

In observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day, flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered at close of business on Friday, September 26, and remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday, September 29.

July 23, 2014

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the riding of Simcoe-Grey are to be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the day of the funeral for Mr. George McCague, MPP Dufferin-Simcoe 1975–1990.

June 23, 2014

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Monday June 23, 2014 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

June 9, 2014

Flags at all Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services buildings in Ontario, will be returned to full-mast at sunset on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the day of the funeral for Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, and Douglas James Larche who were killed while on duty in Moncton, New Brunswick, on June 4, 2014.

June 6, 2014

Flags at all Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services buildings in Ontario, will be half-masted from now until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial service (date to be confirmed) for three members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who were killed while on duty in Moncton, New Brunswick, on June 4, 2014.

May 28, 2014

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the Town of Petawawa and in the riding of Ottawa – Vanier will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the day of the funeral for the late Lieutenant Colonel Daniel R. Bobbitt, Commanding Officer - 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, who died while on duty May 21, 2014.

May 13, 2014

Flags at 25 Grosvenor Street in Toronto, headquarters of the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, will be returned to full-masted at sunset on Thursday, May 15 the day of the funeral for Constable Joseph Prevett of the Thunder Bay Police Service, who died while on duty, May 7, 2014.

Further, flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the City of Thunder Bay will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, May 15.

April 28, 2014

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Monday, April 28, 2014, the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

April 22, 2014

Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the city of Ottawa, Ontario will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Friday, April 25, 2014 the day of the funeral for the late Right Honourable Herbert Eser (Herb) Gray, who passed away April 21, 2014.

Further, the flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the city of Windsor, Ontario on Friday, April 25, 2014 the day of the funeral.

April 14, 2014

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the day of the State Funeral of the late Honourable James Michael (Jim) Flaherty, P.C., MP and former MPP and Member of the Executive Council of Ontario, who died Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags should be lowered at open of business Monday, April 14.

April 10, 2014

Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments in the riding of Whitby-Oshawa will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral (date to be confirmed) for The Hon. Jim Flaherty, P.C., former MP and Member of the Queen’s Privy Council and former MPP and Member of the Executive Council of Ontario, who died Thursday, April 10, 2014.

For more information

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Toronto, Ontario
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Updated: September 24, 2021
Published: June 05, 2013