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This online version is for convenience; the official version of this policy is housed in the University Secretariat. In case of discrepancy between the online version and the official version held by the Secretariat, the official version shall prevail.

Approving Authority: President

Original Approval Date: January 15, 1999

Date of Most Recent Review/Revision: June 4, 2014

Office of Accountability: Office of the President

Administrative Responsibility: University Secretariat


1.00 The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance on the display of flags at the University.


2.00 This policy applies to all flags flown on or in front of Wilfrid Laurier University buildings and campuses, as well as those on display at convocation ceremonies.


3.01 Flag Etiquette

Flags on Wilfrid Laurier University campuses shall be displayed in accordance with flag etiquette in Canada as outlined by the Government of Canada (Heritage Canada).

3.02 Flag Display

The University will normally fly three flags, namely, the national flag of Canada, the provincial flag of Ontario, and the Wilfrid Laurier University flag. When flown together, the national flag shall be flown on the center pole and the provincial flag on the left. Other flags may be flown at the University when approved by the President.

3.03 Half-Masting for Mourning

Notification to Physical Resources regarding when flags should be flown at half-mast shall be the responsibility of Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing (CPAM).

3.04 When to Half-Mast

The flags shall be flown at half-mast on the death of and up to and including the day of the funeral of:

  • The Sovereign,
  • Governor General,
  • Prime Minister,
  • Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
  • Premier of Ontario,
  • Chancellor,
  • Chair of the Board of Governors,
  • President and Vice-Chancellor,
  • Full-time faculty or staff member,
  • Member of the Board of Governors or Senate,
  • Student registered at the university,
  • Member of Parliament of Canada or the member of the provincial parliament representing the riding in which the campus or University building is situated,
  • Mayor in which the campus or University building is situated,
  • Or at other times as directed by the President.

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