National Flag of Canada - Colour Specifications - Anthems and Symbols - Canadian Identity
National Flag of Canada - Colour Specifications - Anthems and Symbols - Canadian Identity
National Flag of Canada - Colour Specifications - Anthems and Symbols - Canadian Identity

National Flag of Canada - Colour Specifications

Printing ink colours

The printing ink colours are:

  • FIP red: General Printing Ink, No. 0-712;
  • Inmont Canada Ltd., No. 4T51577;
  • Monarch Inks, No. 62539/0
  • Rieger Inks, No. 25564 or
  • Sinclair and Valentine, No. RL163929/0.

When reproducing the flag red at 100%, the closest colour from the pantone colour specifier is PMS032. When the flag red is used to reproduce screens, it is advisable to take PMS485 as this one maintains the integrity of the orange colour in the flag.

When printing in four colour process, the proper mixture is 100% yellow and 100% magenta.

Note: To test consistency in the reproduction of FIP red, reflection density measurements should be made on a McBeth Model No. 1155SPI (or equivalent) densitometer. Reflection density using Wratten 58 (green) filter should be not less than 0.80 and not greater than 1.10 density units.

Paint colours

Specifications for FIP red should refer to the colour CGSB 509-211 which is shown in CGSB 1-GP-12, Standard Paint Colours. Swatches of this colour may be purchased from the Publishing Section, Public Works and Government Services Canada. The paint colours are FIP red 509-211, and white: 513-201.

Weather-resistant product

A special weather-resistant product has been approved for exterior primary signs where it is used for the red flag in the wordmark. This 3M product is referred to as cast-in "tomato" red vinyl No. 180-13.

When using FIP red for other applications that are subject to weathering, the use of this product is recommended.