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image provided by Neal Wilson, 16 August 2016
The Regional Municipality of Peel is located on the western side of the City
of Toronto and consists of three municipalities. From North to South they are
the Town of Caledon, City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga. The County of
Peel was erected out of the County of York on January 1st, 1852. The Region of
Peel was formed on January 1st, 1974 by the Ontario government, along with
several other regional municipalities in an effort to better govern the growing
population of the greater Toronto – Southern Ontario area.
Flag Proportions: 1:2
Flag Description: The flag consists of three diagonal stripes; yellow, orange and green representing the three municipalities within the region. The regional Shield is centered on the flag.
Shield: The center shield, which has its roots with the former County of Peel, is divided into four sections. A train in the lower right represents transportation. The factory in the lower left – represents the industrial base of the area. The tree in the upper left stands for recreational opportunities while the wheat sheave refers back to the rich agricultural heritage of the region. The shield is surrounded by 24 maple leaves – 21 leaves for the members of Regional Council, one leaf for the Chief Administrative officer, one leaf for the Regional Chairman and one leaf for the Regional Clerk.
Designer: Herb Quentien, a Graphic Designer for the Region of Peel planning department was asked in the 1970’s to design an official Regional flag that could be ready before the government moved into a newly constructed Regional headquarters in 1979. He researched, drew and hand colored more than 40 flag designs, ultimately creating the one used presently.
The design was sent to the College of Arms in London, England and initially, the college expressed their concern about the use of maple leafs on the flag. They concluded that “since maple trees produced a sticky substance used on flattened breakfast cake by French speaking natives of the Labrador Coast, the maple leaves were inappropriate”. After an explanation was provided regarding the Canadian significance of maple leaves to the College, they approved the design.
Several heated debates were held by the Peel Regional Council but finally on July 12th, 1979 the flag used today was approved by Council. The first flag was raised at the new Regional headquarters in Brampton the following winter.
Neal Wilson, 17 August 2016
image located by Dave Fowler, 1 February 2022
There seem to be a number of variations of the Peel flag with the bottom wedge
being dark green, light green, or as in this 2019 photo, yellowish.
Dave Fowler, 1 February 2022
image by Randy Young, 16 July 2014
I found a photostream on Flickr of various law enforcement agencies and their
honor guards participating in the 2014 National Police Week. Participating in
the events was the honor guard from Ontario, Canada's Peel Regional Police. The
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/rivarix/7183978185/in/photostream/) shows the honor guard posting colors, which included the American flag, the Canadian flag, and the Peel Regional Police flag.
The flag of the Peel Regional Police features the department's logo displayed against a royal blue field. The entire flag has a gold border to it.
Randy Young, 16 July 2014