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.




Pride and Trans flags are being raised on Monday, June 3, 2024 to celebrate Pride at U of T Scarborough (UTSC)

Pride month is a time of commemoration and also of celebration. It is a time to recognize, honour and learn more about the histories of struggle and marginalization of 2-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (2SLGBTQ+) people and communities. It is also a time to celebrate resilience and diversity. Resilience in the long and ongoing struggle to win human rights. Diversity in the richness of 2SLGBTQ+ communities and experiences which includes racialized, disabled, neurodivergent and Indigenous people. 

For the sixth year, UTSC raises the More Colour, More Pride flag and the Trans Pride flag for the month of June. Raising the Pride flags signals an institutional commitment to an inclusive campus for 2SLGBTQ+ UTSC community members. We recognize that raising the flag is a small and symbolic act; the real measure of inclusion is in the experiences of, and opportunities for 2SLGBTQ+ faculty, staff, librarians, students and guests, to thrive on and off campus. This especially includes the experiences of community members who hold multiple stigmatized identities such as racialized, disabled, neurodivergent and Indigenous people, and creating a space of true inclusion involves questioning and disrupting the status quo. The university structure we inherited was not built for everyone and therefore, it is our collective responsibility to change systems and structures, to co-create a space for queer knowledges, practices, and 2SLGBTQ+ members to thrive. 

Join us at the UTSC flagpole (outside the Arts & Administration building) Monday, June 3 from 12-1:30pm as we raise the Pride flags. For more information, please click here.

Date: Monday, June 3, 2024, 12:00pm

Event info: https://edio.utsc.utoronto.ca/programs-events 




All flags on the three campuses will be lowered to half-mast on Friday, April 26, 2024 to observe the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job

All flags on the three campuses will be lowered to half-mast on Friday, April 26, 2024, returning to full staff the morning of Monday, April 29, 2024. The National Day of Mourning, officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, is held annually on April 28 in approximately 100 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

The University of Toronto will participate in this National Day of Mourning by lowering the flags in all locations across each campus, and through this act affirms its commitment to the promotion of health and safety for all members of the university community and to the provision of a safe and healthy work and study environment.




The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Monday, March 25, in memory of Professor Karen Dion, Department of Psychology

The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Monday, March 25, 2024, in memory of Professor Karen Dion. A distinguished and frequently published scholar, Professor Dion was a faculty member in Psychology at UTSC from 1970 until her retirement this past summer.

She is remembered for her many contributions to her department, her mentorship, sharp intellect, and generosity of spirit.

https://obituaries.thestar.com/obituary/karen-dion-1089498068




Flags (Canada, Ontario, U of T) on all three campuses will fly at half-mast commencing Friday, March 22, 2024, in memory of the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

Flags on all three U of T campuses  at will fly at half-mast in memory of the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, P.C., C.C., G.O.Q., 18th Prime Minister of Canada, who passed away on February 29, 2024. To coincide with the State Funeral, taking place on Saturday, March 23, flags will be lowered on Friday, March 22, until the morning of Monday, March 25. 

Prime Minister's announcement

Commemorative web page to learn more about the life of the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney.




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.