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The Regional Municipality of Ottawa–Carleton was a regional government area and census division in Ontario, Canada which existed from 1969 until 2001. It was created in 1969 from the former Carleton County plus Cumberland Township, previously part of Russell County.
Last month I was in Ottawa and I saw the flag (above). Does anyone know what
it is? Is it the flag of the city of Ottawa? No one in Ottawa could tell me. It
was flying next to the Canadian National Flag and the Provincial flag of Ontario.
Chris Pinette, 8 August 1996
This flag looked familiar so I browsed through the few copies I have of Flagscan.
I found the flag, or rather one that looks very similar. The only difference is
that the white Y based on the hoist is made up of wavy (not straight) lines, and
that the maple leaf is set in the centre of the flag. I guess these things are not
easy to see when flags are hoisted. The flag illustrated in Flagscan is the
flag of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. I suppose it is what Chris
saw. The flag was adopted 26 June 1985 by the Regional Council and is a simpler
version of the coat of arms. The white wavy section represents the rivers Ottawa
and Rideau, while the maple leaf indicates the Canadian capital.
Jan Oskar Engene, 10 August 1996
A similar design, with straight white lines is not a flag, it's the logo of the
Luc Baronian, 19 June 1997
The "logo" may be such, but I think it flies as a flag - and in more places
than the Ottawa City flag. I cannot be 100% sure if the lines were straight or wavy now,
but I would be surprised if I did not notice that - it so obviously represents the
Rob Raeside, 19 July 1997
Of course, since the region is larger than the city...
I know what you mean, the city flag doesn't seem very popular.
You are not the first to make this remark. What I believe is that they first
used the straight lines unofficially and made them wavy when it became official.
(But this is just speculation). What is sure is that 2 sources (Flagscan and the
very reliable Ottawa-Carleton web page) show the wavy line flag. According to Flagscan,
it became official June 26, 1985. The arms of the region have this design displayed
as a Y with the maple leaf in the center and a crown in the upper triangle. Over
the shield a mural crown and under, the motto *Cum Progressu Euntes* (Moving with
Luc Baronian, 19 June 1997
I did also see this flag in a magnificent avenue of flags outside an office complex,
along with the flags of 10 other "townships" I always see it at the train station
and over a few (rare) buildings. presumably the other components of the Ottawa-Carleton
region. Two of them (Rideau Township and Dulbourn) have their names on the flags,
but the others were unidentifiable. Also in this avenue are the flags of the Ottawa-Carleton
region, Ontario and Canada.
Rob Raeside,19 July 1997
I came on a page about the flag of Ottawa-Carleton. I cite the text which is attached to this flag :
- The regional flag is a modified version of the armorial bearings of the regional
Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. It was created by David Baker, technician-draughtsman
with the Department of transport of the MROC. (Municipalite-Regionale 'Ottawa-Carleton
- The corrugated white sign in form of Y, as on the regional armorial bearings, represents the Rideau and Ottawa rivers, topographic elements which played a great part in the colonization and the economic development of the area.
- The red maple sheet symbolizes the area of the national capital and the People of Canada
- Approval with the Regional Council - on June 26, 1985
Pascal Gross, 11 March 1998