Official pride flag and general flag etiquette
In June 2018, a designer named Daniel Quasar gave the existing 6 colour pride flag a makeover. They released a redesign incorporating elements to bring focus on inclusion and progress within the community. They added a five-coloured chevron: The black and brown represent the marginalized people of color, and the white, pink, and light blue colours, meanwhile, reflect those of the transgender Pride flag, which was designed by Monica Helms in 1999.
Quasar has said that: “The black and brown stripes in their design also reflect those living with AIDs, and those who have died from the virus.” Also, “The arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made."
The specifications below must be used and should not be deviated from to allow for consistency in application.
All flags for interior and exterior use are digitally printed on heavy weight 200 denier nylon for durability purposes.
The specific Pantone colours that need to be used are as follows:
Red - 1795C
Orange - 151C
Yellow - 108C
Green - 7488C
Dark Blue - 7687C
Purple - 2587C
Brown - 2320C
Light Blue - 0821C
Pink - 0521C
Black - 6C
For interior use (2 options):
Option 1: 3’ x 6’ interior flags which are the rope and toggle style, but with a header and no toggle
Option 2: flag with the sleeve style (flag is slipped over the pole (1” or 1 ¼” diameter) and usually attached with a leather tab that hooks onto a loop)
For exterior use: rope and toggle style as well as a flag with reinforced stitching along all sides
- Size: 3’ x 6’, 4.5’ x 9’, 6’ x 12’ or larger depending on the height of the flag pole
For banner style:
- Confirm the preferred size with the company doing the installation and whether extra reinforcement or webbing are required as they have to use special cabling and anchors to secure it to the walls.
For further information regarding flag protocols, please consult Canadian Heritage.
Pride flag raising during half-masting
The National Flag of Canada half-masting notices provide details about half-masting events in Canada, or in special circumstances, in a foreign country. See the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada for more information.
In the event that the National Flag is to be flown at half-mast, all flags within the surrounding stand of flags must be lowered accordingly.