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image by Jordan Tibbles, 13 April 2017

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A new flag could soon fly over Sault Ste. Marie.

The city will begin seeking proposals for designs for a revamped municipal flag. The move comes as new municipal Coat of Arms is in the final stages of approval from Office of the Governor General of Canada.

During Monday night’s council meeting Councillor Matthew Shoemaker pointed out that there are conflicting views about what the municipal flag actually looks like. The consensus seemed to be that we don’t really have an official municipal flag adopted by the city “that is something that all of Sault Ste. Marie can display and be proud of,” he said. With the coat of arms changing, it presents an opportunity to develop a new flag so the city can “have something that is simple, elegant, and could be something that we encourage our residents to fly,” Shoemaker said.

The city will look to design staff within at city hall to see if they can come up with a municipal flag design that council can consider. If that proves unfruitful, the city will explore other options. A committee will be formed to review the Sault Ste. Marie municipal flag proposals and make a recommendation to council on a new design. Local artist Eva Pilar-Cass designed the new coat of arms. It will receive approval from the heraldic society and from the Governor General. Cost for the preliminary design artwork for the coat of arms is $595.
located by Dave Fowler, 17 August 2015

A resolution put forward by Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Shoemaker, calling for a new, official municipal flag, was passed by council Monday. Shoemaker, along with councillors Susan Myers and Judy Hupponen, will sit on a committee struck by council to help unfurl the flag process. "We don't really have an official flag," Shoemaker told council, pointing out some miniature Sault Ste. Marie flags sport the city's crest against a blue background while others have the Sault's "Naturally Gifted" brand against a green background. "We need an official flag, right now we have two versions of a flag," Myers said in agreement. There was no official timeline given or discussion of the cost of the flag project at Monday's meeting.

Wording of the original resolution called for proposals for a new municipal flag until December 31, 2015. Councillors decided, however, to go in-house and consult designers who work for the city in regard to a design for a new municipal flag. The resolution noted the new municipal coat of arms is in the final stages of approval from the Office of the Governor General of Canada and that the new coat of arms will mean a necessary change in the Sault’s municipal flag. 

The city’s municipal crest (which is not an official coat of arms) is currently shown on the city’s existing municipal flag on a light blue background. The city’s new official coat of arms, along with a corresponding coat of arms for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, was unveiled in March, 2014.
located by Rob Raeside, 17 August 2015

According to, the new flag has been adopted.
Dave Fowler, 31 January 2016

The ratio of the flag seems to be 9:16 but I’d expect 1:2 to match the national flag and most Canadian subnational flags. The logo that features on the flag was uses on the 2012 centennial flag. It is very dark blue and wavy along top and bottom, suggesting a waving flag, and with a simple logo centered on the flag showing two hills and a large upright maple leaf (stylized as on the national flag) and two large wavy shapes at the bottom of this, all enclosed in a disc but both the leaf and the waves considerably overflowing it at the fly side.

Except for the flag background, everything else (i.e., all other elements of the logo), are filled not in solid colors but in horizontal gradients: the sky goes to pale bluish green to pale greenish yellow, the leaf goes to golden yellow to reddish orange, the upper waves goes from petrol blue to bluish teal, and the the thick contour line separating all elements goes from dark to light brownish green/golden.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 February 2016

Several images confirm the wavy flag design:

- (first flag from left to right), 
(source: )

Esteban Rivera, 30 July 2016

Flag as manufactured

image by Jordan Tibbles, 13 April 2017

The flag is actually designed with the wave in it (i.e., it isn't a rectangle). However, it is printed on a rectangular banner for cost purposes, but the design of the flag ends at the gold outlines. The white areas in the top left and bottom right of the flag actually aren't part of the flag design.
Matthew Shoemaker, 29 July 2016

Former (unofficial) flag

image located by António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 February 2016
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The old coat of arms or city crest is believed to have been introduced with the city incorporated in 1912 but was never officially registered.
located by Dave Fowler, 17 August 2015

This flag is dark blue with the the city coat of arms on it (which is not an official coat of arms), set on a white area that margins the coat of arms and the lettering arched in a semicircle above it that reads "The Corporation of the City of"; the resulting half disc’s diameter is approximately as long as the flag’s height.

The coat of arms differs from the one in Wikipedia in details, coloring, and lettering.

A second unofficial flag design mentioned has the city’s "Naturally Gifted" brand motto on a green background, but I found no image of it. The website at includes it along with the logo.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 February 2016

Centennial flag

image by Randy Young, 3 February 2016

A green flag bearing a central white disk with the logo on it.
Valentin Poposki, 22 July 2012