Flag Protocol – APF014

Reviewed/Revised: January 2013


The half-masting of national flags is a well-established procedure whereby countries bestow an honour and express a collective sense of sorrow. Given that such flags are recognized as paramount symbols of their nations, the act of half-masting is a dramatic visual statement that speaks to the sense of loss that is shared by all their citizens. Recognizing the solemnity of half-masting the national flag of Canada the following procedures are provided for WCDSB school and board administrative site administrators.