The manner in which the federal and provincial flags may be displayed in Alberta is established by standard practice. You are encouraged to become familiar with the protocols for the correct use of flags for display. For example, as a standard practice each flag must have its own pole, and flags flown together must be the same sizes.
Protocol for flag displays
When the provincial flag is flown in display with one or more other flags, the order of precedence is:
- Canadian flag
- other national flag (for example, visit of ambassador or high commissioner)
- Alberta flag
Specific guidelines for displaying the Alberta flag (PDF, 64 KB) are available.
Flags at half-mast
Flags are flown at the half-mast position as a sign of mourning or in observance of a special day. To half-mast a flag, the flag is brought to the half-mast position by first raising it to the masthead and immediately lowering it slowly to the half-mast position. The flag should be raised again to the top before lowering for the day.
- The Alberta Protocol Office issues public notices to stakeholders on half-masting occasions and suggested duration of observance.
Flags shall be flown at half-mast at all Government of Alberta sites from the notice of death to sunset on the day of the funeral on the death of:
- the Sovereign
- immediate members of the Royal Family
- current and former Governors General
- current and former Prime Ministers
- current and former Lieutenant Governors of Alberta
- current and former Premiers of Alberta
All flags in a set should be flown at half-mast. However, the lieutenant governor's personal flag is normally flown at the Legislature Building and at his/her residence. It's never lowered to half-mast.
According to rules established by the federal government under the Holidays Act, the Canadian flag must always be flown at full mast on Victoria Day in May and Canada Day on July 1, unless the flag is at half-mast for the death of: a British monarch; the Canadian prime minister; or the Governor General.
The flag must be flown at full mast on the day a new monarch is proclaimed.
Annual half-masting days
- April 9, National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge: Flags on the Legislature Building and at McDougall Centre are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset.
- April 28, National Day of Mourning: Flags on all Government of Alberta buildings are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset for those who have suffered and died in the workplace.
- June 23, National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism: Flags on the Legislature Building and at McDougall Centre are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset.
- Second Sunday in September, Firefighters' National Memorial Day: Flags on the Legislature Building and at McDougall Centre are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset.
- Last Sunday in September, Police and Peace Officers National Memorial Day: Flags on the Legislature Building, McDougall Centre, and all Provincial court houses and correctional institutions are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset in honour of fallen Canadian Police and Peace Officers.
- November 11, Remembrance Day: Flags on all Government of Alberta buildings are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset. Please note that when half-masting occurs at or near a cenotaph or another place where Remembrance Day is being observed, the half-masting can occur at 11 am (or according to the prescribed order of the service) until sunset.
- December 6, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women: Flags on the Legislature Building and at McDougall Centre are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset.
Previous half-masting notices
Previous Alberta Protocol Office half-masting notices starting from July 13, 2021, can be found below.
View Alberta government half-masting notices
Masting period: From sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Occasion: The date of the funeral service, honouring the late Mr. John W. ‘Jack’ Cookson, former Member of the Legislative Assembly, who passed away on July 8, 2021.
Masting location(s): Alberta Legislature Building
National Flag of Canada half-masting notices are also available online from the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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