Provincial Flag of Ontario

Province: Ontario

Proportions: 1:2

Ontario Flag Description:
The flag of Ontario consists of a red base with a British union Jack in the top left quarter and the shield from the provincial coat of arms on the right side.

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Ontario Flag Meaning:
The shield on the Ontario flag features the cross of Saint George, which represents England, and three maple leaves, which represent Canada.

Ontario Flag History:
The Ontario flag was adopted on May 21, 1965. Ontario joined the confederation of Canada on July 1, 1867.

Interesting Ontario Facts:
The name Ontario originates from native North Americans. In Huron the word onitari means lake and io means beautiful. In Iroquoian Kanadario means sparkling water. The word Ontario appeared in 1641 to describe lands along the Eastern Great Lakes and in 1867 the name was given to the province.

Ontario's official motto is: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanent - Loyal She Began, Loyal She Remains.

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