Flag of Canada
Adopted February 15, 1965 [1]
Designed by George Stanley [2]
Proportions 1:2 [3]

The flag of Canada is white with two vertical red stripes on the hoist and fly of the flag, with a stylized red maple leaf in the center of the flag.



The flag of Canada flying in the wind.

The red represents the Canadian sacrifice during the World Wars.  White represents peace and equality for all Canadians. White in the middle also represents the French flag.

Design storyEdit

The government of Canada put out a flag design competition after they gained their independence. George Stanley's design won, and was slightly modified before adoption. [citation needed]


The previous flag of Canada was and is often called "The Red Ensign".

Flag History



  1. The National Flag of Canada
  2. Calgary Heritage Initiative forums
  3. Proportions and Description of the flag
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