Commemorative Flags and Lighting Displays

exterior of city hall at night with rainbow lighting

Commemorative flags

The Mayor's Office coordinates requests for commemorative flag raising at City facilities, including City Hall. Requests must be received at least one week before the event and meet the criteria for commemorative flag and lighting requests.

Request a commemorative flag raising

Flag raising event schedule

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 (no ceremony): Métis Nation of Ontario

Half-mast flags at City facilities

 

The act of Half-Masting is a strong visual statement that speaks to the community’s sense of loss or reflection. The City lowers its flag to half mast upon the death of certain dignitaries, officials or City employees as identified in City procedures; and on days of reflection or mourning that are declared or enshrined in legislation by the Province, the Government of Canada, or City Council. The Half-Masting of the National Flag and the Provincial Flag will be in accordance with the Government of Canada’s Rules for Half-Masting the National Flag of Canada and the Provincial Guidelines for Half-Masting flags, respectively.

Schedule for half-mast flags
Date Reason for half-masting
Friday, September 30, 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Friday, November 11, 2022 Remembrance Day

 

Commemorative lighting displays

Commemorative lighting displays at City Hall and the Centennial Fountain recognize important events and cultural celebrations in our community.

The City of Peterborough accepts requests for commemorative lighting at City Hall throughout the year, and seasonally for the Centennial Fountain (May to October) from organizations or individuals that meet our commemorative lighting criteria.

Requests for commemorative lighting displays must be submitted at least three weeks before the event. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Please review the criteria section below before submitting your application.

Promotion of Commemorative Lighting displays is the responsibility of the organization or individual(s) who submitted the request. The City publicly posts notice of the subject of Commemorative Lighting displays on its website. Coordination, promotion, and implementation of any related Commemorative Lighting ceremonies is the responsibility of the organization or individual(s) who submitted the Commemorative Lighting request. Requests for Commemorative Lighting displays can request that the light display be in place for up to one week.

Criteria for commemorative flag and lighting requests
The City will consider Commemorative Flags and Commemorative Lighting requests that satisfy the following criteria:
  • Have a connection with the City of Peterborough.
  • Are non-commercial, non-religious, and non-partisan in nature.*
  • Align with the City’s by-laws and policies.
  • Foster a sense of community or have made a significant impact within the community.
  • Demonstrate respect and acceptance for Peterborough residents.
  • Celebrate a non-profit or charitable organization’s events or awareness campaign.

The City of Peterborough will not approve any Commemorative Flag or Commemorative Lighting request that:

  • Espouses hatred, violence, racism, or offensive messages.
  • Promotes religious organizations or religious festivals or events.*
  • Represents a political party, political organization, or candidates for election.
  • Reflects an organization or group with activities that are contrary to the by-laws and policies of the City.

*The City will consider requests for holidays and commemorative or awareness days, weeks and months that are recognized through legislation by the Province of Ontario or the Government of Canada.

Application and review process: commemorative lighting request

Before submitting a request, please review the criteria for commemorative flag and lighting requests above.

All requests will be reviewed by the City of Peterborough to ensure that they adhere to our commemorative lighting criteria and can be accommodated in the lighting schedule.

Requests must be submitted at least three weeks before the event. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received.

We will strive to respond to requests within five to seven business days.

Apply for a Commemorative lighting request online

Schedule of commemorative lighting displays

January
City Hall - January 2023 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
New Year's Day January 1 white and yellow
Tamil Heritage Month January 2-3 red and yellow
Lincoln Alexander Day January 21 blue
Lunar New Year January 22-23 red
Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 white, dimmed
Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome Awareness Day January 28 purple
National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque and Action Against Islamophobia January 29 green
February
City Hall - February 2023 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Black History Month February 1-5 red, yellow, green
March
City Hall - March 2023 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Bangladeshi Heritage Month March 1-3 green and red
International Women's Day March 8 purple
Irish Heritage Day March 17 green
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 21 blue
World Water Day March 22 blue
April
City Hall - April 2023 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Sikh Heritage Month April 1-3 orange and blue
Earth Day April 22 green
National Volunteer Week April 25-29 blue and orange
May
City Hall - May 2023 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Asian Heritage Month May 1-3 multi-colour
South Asian Heritage Month May 3-4 red
Red Dress Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People May 5 red
Jewish Heritage Month May 7-9  blue and white
Dutch Heritage Month May 10-12 orange
National AccessAbility Week May 28-May 31 red

The Centennial Fountain typically opens for the season on the May long weekend. Commemorative Lighting Requests will be received for dates after May 19 each year.

June
City Hall - June 2022 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
International Pride Month (planned 2023) June 1 rainbow
National Indigenous History Month (planned 2023) June 2 red, white, yellow
Italian Heritage Month (planned 2023) June 3-4 red, green, white
Portuguese Heritage Month (planned 2023) June 5-6 green, red, yellow
DragonBoat Festival for Breast Cancer Awareness (City Hall) June 10-11 pink
United Empire Loyalist Day (planned 2023) June 19 red, blue, white
World Refugee Day June 20 blue
National Indigenous Persons Day June 21 red, yellow, white
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism June 23 dimmed white
Multicultural Day June 27 multi-colour
Centennial Fountain - June 2022 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
World Refugee Day June 20 blue
National Indigenous Persons Day June 21 red, yellow, white
International Pride Month June 27-30 multi-colour
July
City Hall & Centennial Fountain - July 2022 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Canada Day July 1 red and white
August
City Hall & Centennial Fountain - August 2022 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Emancipation Day August 1 red, green,  yellow
Ontario 55+ Summer Games (2022 only) August 8-11 blue, green, red
Ukrainian Day of the National Flag & Independence Day August 23 & 24 blue and yellow (City Hall only)
International Overdose Awareness Day August 31 purple
September
City Hall & Centennial Fountain - September 2022 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Arthritis Awareness Month September 1-3 blue
Ukrainian Heritage Day September 7 blue and yellow
Firefighters' National Memorial Day September 11 dimmed white (City Hall only)
In memory of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II September 12 until September 19 Royal blue
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month September 16 & 17 blue (City Hall only)
Pride Week Peterborough September 20-24 rainbow
Franco-Ontarian Day September 25 green and white
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30 orange
October
City Hall - October 2022 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Islamic Heritage Month October 1-3 green
Hispanic Heritage Month October 4-6 orange
World Mental Health Day October 10 purple
International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day October 15 purple (Centennial Fountain only)
Dress Purple Day - Children's Aid Society October 27 purple

Note: the Centennial Fountain typically closes for the season following the Thanksgiving long weekend in October.

November
City Hall - November 2022 schedule 
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
Hindu Heritage Month November 1-3 orange
Albanian Heritage Month November 4-6 red
Treaties Recognition Week November 6-7 red, yellow, white
National Indigenous Veterans Day November 8 red
Remembrance Day November 9-11 red
National Grief and Bereavement Day November 15 blue
Children’s Grief Awareness Day November 17 blue
Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20 dimmed white
December
City Hall - December 2022 schedule
Event Date(s) Colour(s)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3 purple
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6 dimmed white
UN's End Violence Against Women Campaign December 7-9 orange
International Human Rights Day December 10 blue
Christmas December 24-25 red and green