Learn more about flags at half-mast and community flag raisings / lighting requests in the City of Cambridge. 

Flags at half-mast

The City of Cambridge lowers flags to half-mast as a symbol of mourning or commemoration.

The City flies the flag at half-mast for the following occasions:

  • On the death of Her Majesty the Queen or members of the Royal Family
  • On the death of a past or present Canadian Prime Minister
  • On the death of past or present Federal, Provincial or Municipal elected officials
  • On the death of past or present Mayors or Members of City Council
  • On the death of current City employees
  • As directed by the Governor General of Canada or Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Under specific circumstances as determined by the Mayor and City Council or City Manager

Current notice of half-masting

There are currently no notices of half-mastings. 

Community flag raisings

The flags of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Cambridge regularly fly on the three flagpoles at City Hall. Non-profit or charitable organizations located in Cambridge or the Waterloo Region wishing to raise their flag to mark an event may submit a request to the City Clerk.

The request must include the following information:

  • Name of the requesting organization
  • Contact information
  • Requested event or occasion
  • Date or time period of event or occasion
  • Explanation or purpose of the event or occasion
  • Description of the applicant organization including any local, national or international affiliation, brief history, and any other relevant information.

Requests will be considered on a first come first served basis. Should the flag pole not be available on your chosen date you may be given the option of an alternate date.

Requests will not be approved for:

  • organizations that espouse hatred, discrimination, violence, intolerance or racism
  • political parties or organizations
  • religious organizations or in celebration of religious events
  • commercial entities
  • intent that is contrary to City policies or bylaws

For more information, please contact the Clerk's Office by email or by calling (519) 740-4680. 

Current status of community flag raising

April 9, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Civic Square on behalf of the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance in honour of Dig Safe Month

Community lighting requests

Non-profit or charitable organizations located in Cambridge or the Waterloo Region wishing to have City Hall Cambridge sign or pedestrian bridge lit to commemorate an event or occasion may submit a request to the City Clerk.

The request must include the following information:

  • Name of the requesting organization
  • Contact information
  • Requested event or occasion
  • Date or time period of event or occasion
  • Explanation or purpose of the event or occasion
  • Description of the applicant organization including any local, national or international affiliation, brief history, and any other relevant information.

Requests will be considered on a first come first served basis. Should the Cambridge sign and/or pedestrian bridge not be available on your chosen date you may be given the option of an alternate date.

Requests will not be approved for:

  • organizations that espouse hatred, discrimination, violence, intolerance or racism
  • political parties or organizations
  • religious organizations or in celebration of religious events
  • commercial entities
  • intent that is contrary to City policies or bylaws

For more information, please contact the Clerk's Office by email or by calling (519) 740-4680. 

Current status of community lightings

Yellow - Cancer Awareness Month - April 6 to 12, 2020

Red - Duchenne Awareness Day - September 7, 2020

Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 5 to 11, 2020