The flag of the Governor General of Canada is a flag used as a symbol to mark the presence of the Governor General of Canada. Such a flag has been used by governors general since just after Canadian Confederation and the design has altered over decades.
The current flag was first introduced in 1981 and comprises the crest of the royal coat of arms of Canada—a crowned lion holding a red maple leaf in its paw, standing on a wreath of red and white (Canada's official colours)—on a blue background. This design differs from that of the flags of governors-general in the other Commonwealth realms; most feature the royal crest of the arms of the United Kingdom above a scroll bearing the relevant country's name; the flag of the Governor-General of New Zealand displays the crowned shield of the coat of arms of New Zealand on a blue field.
During the time Roméo LeBlanc served as governor general, the flag was, at LeBlanc's direction, modified. The tongue of the lion was removed, as were its claws, which made the animal appear, in LeBlanc's opinion, more "Canadian". These changes were reversed in 2002.
The flag is flown from the governor general's official residences—Rideau Hall and La Citadelle—and any other building the governor general is visiting. It may also be flown from any vehicle being used by the governor general. On overseas visits, the National Flag is used to identify the governor general.
The flag takes precedence over the National Flag and the personal standards of any member of the Royal Family other than the sovereign, but not ahead of the Royal Standard or the flag of a lieutenant governor of a province at a function hosted by that lieutenant governor.
Most mass-produced flags are commonly 150x90cm / 5x3' or 90x60cm / 3x2', which will often vary from the official size ratio. We now offer a custom-manufactured official size option for our many of our flags.