The manner in which flags may be displayed in Alberta is established by practice. The rules applied by the provincial government are guidelines for all who wish to display the Canadian flag, the Alberta flag and other flags in Alberta.

Flying the flag at half-mast

The lowering of flags to half-mast is directed by the Prime Minister's Office through Canadian Heritage, or the Premier's Office through the Alberta Protocol Office.

Various locations where Alberta government flags might be lowered to half-mast:

  • all Government of Alberta buildings
  • at the Legislature Building and McDougall Centre and all provincial correctional institutions across the province
  • at the Legislature Building and McDougall Centre
  • at the Legislature Building only

The lieutenant governor's personal standard is normally flown at the Legislature Building and at his/her residence. It's never lowered to half-mast.

According to the rules established by the federal government under the Holidays Act (R.S.C. c. H-5), the Canadian flag must always be flown at full mast on Victoria Day and Canada Day, unless the flag is at half-mast for the death of the monarch, the prime minister or the Governor General. The flag must be flown at full mast on the day the new Monarch is proclaimed.

Flying the Canadian flag at half-mast on special 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 11:00 a.m. to 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.

Protocol for flag displays

When the provincial flag is flown in display with one or more other flags, the order of precedence is:

  1. the Canadian flag
  2. other national flag (e.g. visit of ambassador or high commissioner)
  3. the Flag of Alberta
  4. other flag, in order of precedence

Guidelines for displaying the Alberta flag (0.1 MB)

Guidelines for flying the Lieutenant Governor's flag