Flag Notifications

The Office of Ceremonies & Events is responsible for all aspects of the use of and the lowering of the Canadian and University flags on campus as required.

About the Lowering of the Flag

The University of Toronto Scarborough has three main flags in three locations on campus.

The Canadian flag is located atop of the science wing (SW), and is subject to specific protocol as dictated by the Canadian Government (Canadian Heritage).

The University of Toronto flags are situated in front of the Arts & Administration Building (AA), and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and are subject to university protocol. On special occasions, the University of Toronto flag is replaced with other flags such as the Pride and Trans flags.

The Ceremonies Office arranges for the lowering of the flag for events such as the passing of a member of the campus community and occasions of national significance.

Effective April 23rd, 2020, all flag lowering announcements will be posted here. Notices will no longer be sent to campus via email.




The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on December 13, 2023, in memory of Steven Bonnar

The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, in memory of Steven Bonnar, who passed away on December 2, 2023. Steven worked in Engineering at UTSC since November 2022, and has been a staff member at the University of Toronto since 1997.  

Service information and tribute wall for Mr. Steven Alexander Bonnar (funeraltechweb.com)

Steven will be missed by his colleagues and friends from across UTSC and the University.




All flags (Canada, Ontario, U of T) will be flown at half-mast on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, U of T will join communities across Canada for the National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence Against Women (NDRAVAW) to honour the lives of the 14 women killed in a devastating act of misogyny at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989. 

In recognition of the occasion, all flags (Canada, Ontario, U of T) will be flown at half-mast.




In honour of Remembrance Day, all flags will be flown at half-mast on Friday, November 10, 2023

With Remembrance Day falling on a Saturday this year, U of T’s in-person ceremonies will be held across the three campuses one day earlier – Friday, November 10. All flags (Canada and U of T) will be flown at half-mast on November 10, 2023 in honour of Remembrance Day.

Please join us for our annual Remembrance Day service, featuring the UTSC Concert Band, Concert Choir & String Orchestra.

The Ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023 in the Meeting Place.

For more information about the UTSC ceremony, please visit: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/principal/remembrance-day-2023  




The ‘Every Child Matters’ flag has been raised on all three campuses

The ‘Every Child Matters’ flag has been raised on all three campuses as part of our university-wide recognition of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. All flags will be lowered to half-mast on September 29 and 30 to acknowledge this important day.




Pride and Trans flags are being raised on June 1st to celebrate Pride at U of T Scarborough (UTSC)

For the fifth year, UTSC is proud to raise the More Colour, More Pride flag, in addition to the Trans Pride flag, for the month of June. This gesture honours the diversity, resilience, and importance of queer communities on our campus and beyond.

This flag features the Pride colours to honour the experiences and resilience of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people. The addition of black and brown stripes centers the experiences of Black, Indigenous and racialized people in the 2SLGBTQ+* community. This flag is an affirmation of UTSC’s commitment to being intentionally inclusive and representing more voices and experiences in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Additionally, we raise the Trans Pride flag to represent 2-spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.

Join us at the UTSC flagpole Thursday, June 1, 12-1pm for a special presentation, activities and cupcakes to celebrate the raising of the Pride flags. For more information, please click here.