Organization: Government of Canada
Calligrapher: Yvonne Diceman
Original dimensions: 76.3 x 61 cm
Original material: Vellum
WHEREAS the Senate of Canada, by resolution dated the 17th day of December, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty-four, has recommended that there be designed, as the National Flag of Canada, the flag hereinafter described;
AND WHEREAS the House of Commons of Canada, on the 15th day of December, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty-four, did concur in the recommendation, made on the twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty-four by a Special Committee thereof, that the flag, hereinafter described, be designated as the National Flag of Canada:
NOW KNOW YE that by and with the advice of our Privy Council for Canada We do by this Our Royal Proclamation appoint and declare as the National Flag of Canada, upon, from and after the fifteenth day of February, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, a red flag of the proportions two by length and one by width, containing in its centre a white square the width of the flag, bearing a single red maple leaf, or, in heraldic terms, described as gules on a Canadian pale argent a maple leaf of the first.
Presents may concern are hereby required to take notice and to govern themselves accordingly.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed. Given the 28th day of January in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty-five and in the thirteenth Year of Our Reign.
Library and Archives Canada, for the poster image (item number: 2909612)