Flag of Manitoba

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Flag of Manitoba.svg
Proportion 1:2
Adopted May 12, 1966
Design A Red Ensign with the shield of the Coat of arms of Manitoba in the field

The flag of Manitoba is a variation of the Red Ensign which bears the shield of the provincial coat of arms. This flag was approved by the passage of a bill in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly on May 11, 1965 and was officially proclaimed on May 12, 1966. Queen Elizabeth II gave permission for the use of the Union device the preceding year (October 1965). The decision to adopt the flag was made after the federal government decided to replace the Canadian Red Ensign with the Maple Leaf flag, which was quite controversial at the time. The Manitoban flag, intentionally designed to resemble the Canadian red ensign, was seen as a way of preserving heritage that some felt was lost when the national flag was changed. The flag of Ontario was adopted under similar circumstances.

In 2001, a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) placed the Manitoba provincial flag 44th in design quality out of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state, and U.S. territory flags ranked, which was the last placed Canadian flag.[1]


The flag of Manitoba flying in Downtown Winnipeg.

See also


  1. ^ 2001 State/Provincial Flag Survey

External links

  • Provincial Flag Act of Manitoba - including the official description of the flag.
  • Government of Manitoba, Travel Manitoba: Official Emblems.
  • The Flags of Canada - Manitoba
  • 2001 Flag Contest Winner - winner of the Winnipeg Free Press contest to choose a possible replacement for Manitoba's British red ensign.
  • Good Flag, Bad Flag - the North American Vexillological Association uses Manitoba's flag as an example of bad flag design.
  • Flag of Manitoba in the online Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges
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