Flags of the lieutenant governors of Canada

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As the viceregal representative of the monarch of Canada, the lieutenant governors of the Canadian provinces have since Confederation been entitled to and have used a personal standard. Within a lieutenant governor's province, this standard has precedence over any other flag, including the national one, though it comes secondary to the Queen's Canadian Royal Standard. The provincial viceregal flags are also subordinate to the governor general's personal standard, save for when the governor general is present as a guest of the lieutenant governor.

In 1980, a new common design was introduced and is used by each province's lieutenant governor, except for Quebec and Nova Scotia. Each flag consists of the shield of the province circled with ten gold maple leaves (representing the ten provinces) surmounted by a St. Edward's Crown on a field of blue. Though approved in 1980, most provinces adopted this new common design in 1981, with Newfoundland being the last in 1987. The personal standard is flown at the office or home of the lieutenant governor and from flagpoles of buildings where official duties are carried out to indicate presence of the lieutenant governor. It is also attached to the front fender of the car or on the provincial landau that the lieutenant governor is riding in. The standard is never flown on a church or inside a church, nor is it ever lowered to half-mast. Should a lieutenant governor die while in office, the standard is taken down until a successor is sworn in.

Current[edit]

Flag Lieutenant governor Description
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia.svg Nova Scotia
(1929–)
The Shield of Arms of Nova Scotia, overlaying the Union Flag, surrounded by a chain of green maple leaves.
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.svg New Brunswick
(1982–)
The Shield of Arms of New Brunswick, crowned, on a blue field, surrounded by ten golden maple leaves
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec.svg Quebec
(1950–)
The Coat of Arms of Quebec, crowned, within a white disc on a blue field.
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.svg Ontario
(1981–)
The Shield of Arms of Ontario, crowned, on a blue field, surrounded by ten golden maple leaves.
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba.svg Manitoba
(1984–)
The Shield of Arms of Manitoba, crowned, on a blue field, surrounded by ten golden maple leaves.
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.svg British Columbia
(1982–)
The Shield of Arms of British Columbia, crowned, on a blue field, surrounded by ten golden maple leaves
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island.svg Prince Edward Island
(1981–)
The Shield of Arms of Prince Edward Island, crowned, on a blue field, surrounded by ten golden maple leaves
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan.svg Saskatchewan
(1981–)
The Shield of Arms of Saskatchewan, crowned, on a blue field, surrounded by ten golden maple leaves.
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.svg Alberta
(1981–)
The Shield of Arms of Alberta, crowned on a blue field, surrounded by ten golden maple leaves.
Flag of the Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.svg Newfoundland and Labrador
(1987–)
The Shield of Arms of Newfoundland and Labrador, crowned, on a blue field, surrounded by ten golden maple leaves.

Historical[edit]

Flag Lieutenant governor Description
Flag of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1959-1965).svg Ontario
(1959–1965)
The Canadian Red Ensign defaced by a disk bearing the shield of the Arms of Ontario surrounded by a chain of green maple leaves.

For the other provinces many of them used a defaced Union Jack with the vice-regal shield in the centre.

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