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Proclamations & Flag Recognitions in the City of Burlington

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*PLEASE NOTE: As of March 18, 2024, this page will no longer be updated. For a list of past proclamations and upcoming ones at the City of Burlington, please visit burlington.ca/proclamations.

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The City of Burlington and Mayor’s Office mark numerous days of recognition, social justice matters and local, provincial, national and international events of importance through flag-lowerings, City-supported vigils, flag-raisings, proclamations/acknowledgements and Pier lightings.

This will be a standing page on the Mayor’s website listing those as they happen, beginning with the new 2022-2026 term.

PROCLAMATIONS:

A proclamation is an official announcement issued by the Mayor to recognize exceptional events, groups, people, or achievements in the City of Burlington. The goal of a proclamation is to recognize and celebrate achievements and to raise public awareness of important issues in Burlington.

For more information on proclamation criteria and how to request a proclamation, please click/tap the link.

FLAG-RAISINGS:

Community groups and organizations can fill out an online form to submit a request for a flag-raising in Civic Square at Burlington City Hall to mark an event, an historical event or a specific month of recognition.

For more information on flag-raising criteria and how to request a flag-raising, please click/tap the link.

PIER LIGHTINGS:

To request a pier lighting or for more information, please contact pier@burlington.ca. Please review the schedule for available dates and send your request ideally four months before your event date.

To view the current pier lightings scheduled for the calendar year, please click/tap the link.

OTHER AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:

Key to the City

Launched by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward in 2019, the Key to the City program at the City of Burlington honours individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to our community.

To view previous Burlington Key to the City recipients, please click/tap the link.

Burlington Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Awards

As part of its annual Business Excellence Awards, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce invites the Mayor to bestow an award of recognition, on behalf of the City of Burlington, to a local business/non-profit organization.

The Mayor’s awards have evolved many times over the years, often focusing on philanthropy, community engagement, and sustainability.

To view previous Chamber Mayor’s Award recipients, please click/tap the link.

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Council Term (2022-2026) beginning on Nov. 15, 2022

Flag-lowerings:

March 2024

  • Passing of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on Feb. 29, 2024 — March 1, 2024

January 2024

2023 Flag-Lowerings

November 2023

  • Remembrance Day — Nov. 11, 2023

October 2023

  • Passing of Dave Coons, former Councillor and Deputy Reeve for the Town and City of Burlington (1970-1978), to honour and pay respects to his contributions to the City of Burlington — Oct. 25, 2023
  • To honour the senseless loss of innocent Israeli and Palestinian from the horrendous violence in Gaza and Israel — Oct. 10, 2023

September 2023

  • National Peace and Police Officers’ Memorial Day — Sept. 24, 2023
  • To honour and pay respects to Burlington Firefighter John Lindsay, who passed away on Aug. 31, 2023 — Sept. 1, 2023

June 2023

  • National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism — June 23, 2023
  • Passing of Domenic Molinaro to honour and in respect of his contributions to the City of Burlington — June 6, 2023

May 2023

  • To honour and pay respects to the family of 8-year-old Jayne Hounslow, who died on May 3, 2023 in the school parking lot at Burlington Central Public School — May 4, 2023

March 2023

  • Death of two Edmonton Police Service officers in the line of duty: Const. Brett Ryan & Const. Travis Jordan — March 16, 2023
  • Death of a 10-year-old girl from a fire in the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation — March 13, 2023

February 2023

  • Passing of Burlington Veteran Douglas Ross Rickard, among the last Canadian survivors of the Dieppe Raid of the Second World Ward — Feb. 24, 2023

January 2023

  • Passing of former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion — Jan. 29, 2023
  • Passing of former Ontario Lieutenant-Governor David Onley — Jan. 16, 2023
  • Passing of retired Burlington Fire Platoon Chief Clint Smith — Jan. 6, 2023

2022 Flag-Lowerings

December 2022

  • Death of OPP Provincial Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala killed in the line of duty — Dec. 29, 2022
  • In honour of condo board members and their spouses in Vaughan who were murdered — Dec. 22, 2022
  • In honour and memory of the 14 women murdered at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989 — Dec. 6, 2022

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City-Supported Vigils:

December 2023

  • Orange the World Vigil: End Violence Against Women & Girls Hosted by Burlington Ubuntu Grandwomen at Burlington City Hall — Dec. 4, 2023

May 2023

  • To honour and pay respects to 8-year-old Jayne Hounslow and her family. Jayne died on May 3, 2023 in the school parking lot at Burlington Central Public School — May 29, 2023

February 2023

  • One-Year Anniversary of Invasion of Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Holy Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church — Feb. 24, 2023

2022 City-Supported Vigils

December 2022

  • National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women at City Hall — Dec 6, 2022
  • Orange the World Vigil to end violence against women and girls at City Hall — Dec. 5, 2022

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Flag-raisings:

February 2024

  • Special Olympics Week (Feb. 26-March 2, 2024) — flag raised on Feb. 26, 2024

2023 Flag-Raisings

December 2023

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3) — flag raised on Dec. 1, 2023

November 2023

  • Giving Tuesday — flag raised on Nov. 28, 2023
  • Centennial of The Turkish Republic (Oct. 29, 1923) — flag raised on Nov. 6, 2023
  • Woman Abuse Prevention Month (November 2023) — flag raised on Nov. 3, 2023

October 2023

  • United Nations Day — flag raised on Oct. 24, 2023
  • World Polio Day (Oct. 24) — flag raised on Oct. 23, 2023
  • Ontario Cadets’ Week (Oct. 1-7, 2023) — flag raised on Oct. 6, 2023

September 2023

  • Franco-Ontarian Day — flag raised on Sept. 25, 2023
  • United Way Halton & Hamilton 2023-2024 Campaign Launch Week (Sept. 16-22) — flag raised on Sept. 18, 2023
  • National Legion Week 2023 (Sept. 17-23) — flag raised on Sept. 14, 2023
  • 40th Anniversary of the Terry Fox Run (Sept. 18) — flag raised on Sept. 11, 2023
  • Burlington’s Official 150+ Anniversary Date — flag raised on Sept. 9, 2023
  • Hunger Action Month — flag raised on Sept. 5, 2023
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Awareness Day — flag raised on Sept. 5, 2023

August 2023

  • Emancipation Month & Emancipation Day (Aug. 1) — flag raised on Aug. 1, 2023
  • Black, African, and Caribbean-Canadian Appreciation Month — flag raised on Aug. 8, 2023

June 2023

May 2023

  • National AccessAbility Week (May 28-June 3) — flag raised on May 29, 2023
  • Canada-Netherlands Friendship Day (May 5, 2023) — flag raised on May 5, 2023
  • Canadian Navy Week (May 5-12, 2023) / End of The Battle of the Atlantic (May 7, 1945) — flag raised on May 5, 2023
  • National Doctors’ Day (May 1, 2023) — flag raised on May 1, 2023

April 2023

  • City of Burlington Designated Among ‘Tree Cities of the World’ by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation — flag raised on April 24, 2023
  • Sikh Heritage Month — flag raised on March 31, 2023
  • Food for Life’s Food for Good Week (April 21-29, 2023) — flag raised on April 21, 2023
  • Dig Safe Month — flag raised on April 11, 2023

March 2023

  • World Down Syndrome Day — flag raised on March 21, 2023

February 2023

2022 Flag-Raisings

December 2022

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3) via Deputy Mayor & Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman — flag raised on Dec. 2, 2022

November 2022

  • Giving Tuesday — Nov. 29, 2022

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Proclamations & Acknowledgements:

(Proclamations are hyperlinked)

April 2024

March 2024

  • Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month — March 2024
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility — March 31, 2024
  • Easter Sunday — March 31, 2024
  • Good Friday — March 29, 2024
  • Burlington’s In Memoriam Day — March 28, 2024
  • Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness — March 26, 2024
  • Holi — March 25, 2024
  • Earth Hour — March 23, 2024
  • School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day — March 23, 2024
  • International Dat for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — March 21, 2024
  • World Down Syndrome Day — March 21, 2024
  • Orthodox & Eastern Christian Ash Wednesday — March 20, 2024
  • Nowruz — March 19, 2024
  • Transit Operator & Worker Appreciation Day — March 18, 2024
  • St. Patrick’s Day — March 17, 2024
  • International Women’s Day — March 8, 2024
  • Employee Appreciation Day — March 1, 2024

February 2024

January 2024

  • National Day of Remembrance & Action Against Islamophobia — Jan. 29, 2024
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day — Jan. 27, 2024
  • Let’s Talk Day — Jan. 24, 2024
  • Lincoln Alexander Day — Jan. 21, 2024
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Jan. 15, 2024
  • Black Shirt Day — Jan. 15, 2024
  • Pongal — Jan. 15-18, 2024
  • Orthodox, Coptic & Eastern Christian New Year — Jan. 14, 2024
  • Orthodox, Coptic & Eastern Christian Christmas — Jan. 7, 2024
  • National Ribbon Skirt Day — Jan. 4, 2024
  • New Year’s Day — Jan. 1, 2024

2023 Proclamations & Acknowledgements

December 2023

  • New Year’s Eve — Dec. 31, 2023
  • Kwanzaa (begins) — Dec. 26, 2023-Jan. 1, 2024
  • Christmas Day — Dec. 25, 2023
  • Christmas Eve — Dec. 24, 2023
  • World Human Rights Day — Dec. 10, 2023
  • Hanukkah (begins) — Dec. 7-15, 2023
  • National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women — Dec. 6, 2023
  • International Volunteers’ Day — Dec. 5, 2023
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) — Dec. 3, 2023
  • United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery — Dec. 2, 2023

November 2023

October 2023

September 2023

August 2023

July 2023

June 2023

May 2023

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

January 2023

  • CrimeStoppers Awareness Month — January 2023
  • National Day of Remembrance & Action Against Islamophobia — Jan. 29, 2023
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day — Jan. 27, 2023
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day — Jan. 25, 2023
  • Lunar New Year (Year of the Rabbit) — Jan. 22, 2023
  • Lincoln Alexander Day — Jan. 21, 2023
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Jan. 16, 2023 (third Monday in January)
  • Black Shirt Day — Jan. 15, 2023
  • Orthodox, Coptic and Eastern Christian Christmas — Jan 7, 2023
  • National Ribbon Skirt Day — Jan. 4, 2023 (inaugural)

2022 Proclamations & Acknowledgements

December 2022

  • New Year’s Eve/Day — Dec. 31, 2022
  • Kwanzaa — Dec. 26, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023
  • Christmas — Dec. 25, 2022
  • Hanukkah — Dec. 18-26, 2022
  • The Salvation Army Week — Dec. 18-24, 2022
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery — Dec. 12, 2022
  • World Human Rights Day — Dec. 10, 2022
  • International Volunteer Day — Dec. 5, 2022
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities — Dec. 3, 2022 (also had a flag-raising)

November 2022

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