Parliament Hill flags

On February 15, 1965, our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Five flags fly on the Hill: one over the Peace Tower, one on each side of the Centre Block, one over the West Block and one over the East Block.

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The flag master

Every weekday, the designated flag master changes the Peace Tower flag, except on statutory holidays and during poor weather conditions. The flag is also changed for half-masting. The other Parliament Hill flags are changed weekly and on days that they are at half-mast.

To replace the Peace Tower flag, the flag master folds and places a new flag in a satchel, takes the elevator to the observation deck, and climbs 33 metres of stairs and ladders. Once at the top, the flag master lowers the flying flag and raises the new one on the 10.7-metre flagpole. Throughout the 20 to 30 minute process, the flag is never to touch the ground.

Meet the flag master

Requesting a Parliament Hill flag

As a courtesy, we donate flags that have flown on Parliament Hill to Canadian residents. Due to high demand, we can donate only one flag per person or household.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a flag, complete the Request a flag online form below or provide us with the requested information by mail, email or fax.

If you are already on the waiting list to receive a flag but you have moved, please complete the Update your mailing address online form below. You can also provide us with the requested information by mail, email or fax.

Before submitting your personal information, please read our privacy notice statement.

Flag specifications and waiting periods

Flag type Approximate size Minimum pole height requirement Approximate waiting period
(as of September 30, 2016)
Peace Tower flag 2.3 m x 4.6 m
(7.5  ft x 15 ft)
13.7 m to 15.2 m
(45  ft to 50 ft)
63 years
Other Parliament Hill flags 1.35 m x 2.7 m
(4.5  ft x 9 ft)
9.1 m to 10.7 m
(30  ft to 35 ft)
50 years

Note

The waiting periods are updated in March and September. If you have requested a flag, the acknowledgement that you received will contain the most reliable approximate waiting period.

Request a flag online


Consult the flag specifications and waiting periods.

Other ways to request a flag

If you prefer to mail, email or fax your request, please provide all of the following information:

Mailing address:
Office of the Minister
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Portage III 18A1
11 Laurier St
Gatineau QC  K1A 0S5
Email:
TPSGC.Demandesdrapeaux-Flagrequests.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
Fax:
819‑953‑1908

Update your mailing address online

Your personal information
Your old address

This address must match the address we have on file when you first submitted your request.

Your new address

Other ways to update your mailing address

If you prefer to mail, email or fax your new mailing address, please provide all of the following information:

Mailing address:
Office of the Minister
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Portage III 18A1
11 Laurier St
Gatineau QC  K1A 0S5
Email:
TPSGC.Demandesdrapeaux-Flagrequests.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
Fax:
819‑953‑1908

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