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Colonial Ensigns:  Canada

This page also includes the Dominion of Newfoundland

 

Unofficial

Unofficial

 

Never authorised

 

Never Authorised

 

 

Of the Canadian Provinces only Newfoundland, which did not become a Canadian province until 1949, had a Blue Ensign.

 

 Canada

 Nova Scotia

 Quebec

 Newfoundland

 

Never authorised

 

Neither authorised

 

None authorised

In 1926   British Columbia was refused permission to have a Blue Ensign with the badge of province for Police and Forestry launches.  A further request in 1939 was also refused. 

 

Never authorised.  Apparently dreamed up by some towards the end of the 20th century.

Although Vancouver was a Crown Colony, it was  administered by the Hudson Bay Company. 

 

Any official ship would probably have flown the Hudson Bay Company Ensign and not a Blue Ensign. Furthermore, even if there had been an inclination to fly the Blue Ensign, the time scale would have made it almost impossible. The Circular Dispatch promulgating defaced Blue Ensigns for colonial government vessels was dated 22nd December 1865; Vancouver, as a separate colony, ceased to exist after 6th August 1866.  

It is unlikely that anyone would have bothered with a flag that was going to be out of date in just over seven months, even supposing they were aware of the new style flag in time? It took five years to produce the Canadian equivalent.

New Brunswick 

 Prince Edward Island

British Columbia 

Vancouver 

  

Blue ensigns never authorised

Land flag

 

Never authorised

  

Neither authorised

 

Land flag

 Manitoba

 Alberta

 Yukon

Ontario 

  

Neither blue ensigns authorised.

 

Never authorised

 

 

 Northwest Territories

 Saskatchewan

 

 

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The Empire to Commonwealth Project would like to thank David Prothero for his valuable help and assistance in ensuring accurate information is provided to our Members about the Colonial flags below.  All the notes below have been kindly supplied by David Prothero.

Thanks also to James Alcock for his assistance in sections of the Colonial Ensigns.

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