The Office of Ceremonies & Events is responsible for all aspects of the use of and the lowering of the Canadian and University flags on campus as required.
About the Lowering of the Flag
The University of Toronto Scarborough has three main flags in three locations on campus.
The Canadian flag is located atop of the science wing (SW), and is subject to specific protocol as dictated by the Canadian Government (Canadian Heritage).
The University of Toronto flags are situated in front of the Arts & Administration Building (AA), and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and are subject to university protocol. On special occasions, the University of Toronto flag is replaced with other flags such as the Pride and Trans flags.
The Ceremonies Office arranges for the lowering of the flag for events such as the passing of a member of the campus community and occasions of national significance.
Effective April 23rd, 2020, all flag lowering announcements will be posted here. Notices will no longer be sent to campus via email.
All flags on the three campuses will be lowered to half-mast on Wednesday, April 28, 2022 to observe the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job
The National Day of Mourning, officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, is held annually on April 28 in approximately 100 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
The University of Toronto will participate in this National Day of Mourning by lowering the flags in all locations across each campus, and through this act affirms its commitment to the promotion of health and safety for all members of the university community and to the provision of a safe and healthy work and study environment.
All flags (Canada, Ontario, U of T) will be flown at half-mast on Monday, December 6, 2021 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
All flags on the three campuses will be flown at half-mast on Monday, December 6th in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On December 6th, we join communities across Canada in remembering the 14 women killed in a devastating act of misogyny at the engineering school at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989.
Join the tri-campus event virtually on December 6th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. Registration is required.
Read the 2021 Statement from Prof. Kelly Hannah-Moffat, VP, PSEC
University of Toronto flag at half-mast on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, in memory of Ian Campbell
The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, in memory of Ian Campbell, former UTSC Life Sciences faculty member.
Read more about Ian Campbell here.
There will be a memorial gathering in the spring of 2022.
The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Monday, November 22nd, 2021 in memory of Taimo Pallandi, former Director of Athletics and Recreation at U of T at Scarborough
Taimo Pallandi passed away peacefully on November 12, 2021. Taimo was a professor in the School of Physical Health and Education during the 1980s, in addition to serving as the director of Athletics and Recreation from 1965 to 1991.
Read more about Taimo Pallandi here.
Private arrangements were made by the family.
The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Monday, November 15th, 2021 in memory of Lee Maracle, Indigenous Elder and U of T community leader
With tremendous sadness, we mark the passing of the extraordinary Lee Maracle—poet, author, member of U of T’s Elders Circle, former Traditional Teacher-in-Residence at the Indigenous Student Services, and a former instructor at U of T’s Centre for Indigenous Studies and the Transitional Year Programme. Across all three campuses, we are lowering University of Toronto flags to half-mast on November 15, 2021 as a sign of our profound respect for Lee and our gratitude for the incredible contributions she has made to this University; to the students she mentored and taught here; and to all members of the U of T community who have been fortunate to work with her and receive her guidance.
To read the full statement, please click here.