Flag Protocol

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.


Date: June 2, 2020

Pride and Trans flags are being raised on June 3rd to celebrate Pride at UTSC

The More Colour, More Pride flag and the Trans flag will be flown on campus to celebrate Pride at UTSC.

For the second year, UTSC is proud to raise the “more colour, more pride” flag which adds black and brown stripes to the top of the standard six-colour flag, and is meant to recognize people of colour in the LGBTQ+ community. This year in particular, we are proud to centre and affirm the experiences of Black, Indigenous and racialized people in the LGBTQ+ community. The additional stripes are a sign of UTSC’s commitment to being intentionally inclusive, and representing more voices and experiences in the LGBTQ+ community.

As we celebrate Pride Month we are thinking of our trans and queer students, many of whom are experiencing increased isolation and are away from the communities that most support them. We are also thinking deeply about the Black Trans & Queer people who were instrumental in the Stonewall Riots. As we are unable to celebrate and learn together as we normally would, we encourage everyone to learn more about the Stonewall Riots and the Toronto Bathhouse Raids, which benefited from the actions and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.

Contact EDIO@utsc.utoronto.ca with any questions about upcoming Pride initiatives at UTSC.

More Pride activities can be found here: U of T Virtual Pride Calendar

Date: May 14, 2020

University of Toronto flag at half-mast on Friday, May 15th, in memory of Enid Lawson

The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Friday, May 15th, in memory of Enid Lawson, who passed away on April 11th, 2020.

Enid began her career at UTSC in 1973, serving in several positions, including the Assistant to the Associate Dean until her retirement in 1998. Following her retirement, she regularly visited the campus to support such events as the Watts and Snider lectures, and in recent years, the Pub at the House along with many other retired colleagues.

Enid will be warmly remembered by her many friends from the University of Toronto for her wonderful sense of humour. 

Date: April 27, 2020

All flags on the three campuses will be lowered to half-mast on Tuesday April 28 to observe the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job

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.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, the most recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) indicate that in 2017, 951 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada which represents an increase of 46 from the previous year.

The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast as well as those of businesses and other organizations across the country.

The University of Toronto will participate in this National Day of Mourning by lowering the flags in various 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.

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Date: April 23, 2020

University of Toronto flag at half-mast tomorrow, Friday, April 24th, in memory of Professor Ian Brown

The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Friday, April 24th, in memory of Professor Ian Brown who passed away on March 24, 2020.

Through his distinguished scholarship and dedication to academic excellence, Professor Brown leaves a remarkable legacy in the Department of Biological Sciences, and across the University. We are grateful for his contributions to the academic mission, notably, as founder of the Centre for the Neurobiology of Stress, and a Canada Research Chair in the Neurobiology of Stress.

Professor Ian Brown will be warmly remembered by his many friends and colleagues from the University of Toronto and the wider neuroscience community.  

The family has opted to hold a private memorial service.

Date: April 21, 2020

Flags lowered to mark the tragic events that took place in Nova Scotia on April 18 - 19, 2020

Flags at all three U of T campuses are lowered to half-mast until Wednesday, April 22 to mark the tragic events that took place in Nova Scotia on April 18-19. “The U of T community is deeply saddened by the horrific violence in Nova Scotia," said President Meric Gertler. "Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and friends, the injured, the RCMP, and everyone affected.”