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Laval, Quebec (Canada)

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[Laval flag] 1:2 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18
 

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Laval

Laval is a city in southwestern Quebec, north of Montreal. It forms its own administrative region of Quebec. It is the largest suburb of Montreal, the third largest municipality in the province of Quebec, and the thirteenth largest city in Canada with a population of 422,993 in 2016. Laval is geographically separated from the mainland to the north by the Rivière des Mille Îles, and from the Island of Montreal to the south by the Rivière des Prairies. Laval occupies all of Île Jésus as well as the Îles Laval.


Current Flag

Text and image(s) from Canadian City Flags, Raven 18 (2011), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) by permission of Eugene Ipavec.

Design

The Laval flag has proportions of 1:2 and a field of off-white or buff. In the centre is the city signature, the city logo followed by LavaL in block letters in white with black outlines and shadows. The logo is a cubic “L” that seems to rise perpendicularly from the flag, showing three sides of the three-dimensional “L”. The top parts are white, the front parts oriented toward the bottom of the flag are blue, and the parts toward the fly are purple.
Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Symbolism

The city’s documentation interprets the flag:
Laval’s emblem illustrates how very modern this growing community truly is. The set of cubes symbolizes Laval’s development. The cubes build the “L” of Laval, making the emblem a logo as well. The colours also have an important significance. Purple traditionally symbolizes wealth; in a broader sense, it represents—in the emblem—Laval’s great economic potential. Blue symbolizes the quality of life and development of a human city. As for the letters of Laval’s signature, they are joined together to evoke the merger of the island’s municipalities back in 1965.

Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Selection

Unknown. The logo was adopted 5 May 1975 and the flag was created soon thereafter.
Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Designer

Unknown.
Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011


Coat of Arms

[coat of arms]image by Luc Baronian

I am contributing this image, because it is mentioned in the discussion of Laval University's banner of arms and is useful as a comparison point of how the Laval family arms were adapted for the university vs. the city.
Luc Baronian, 10 June 2005


Police Flag

There seems to be a Laval QC police flag next to the flags of Quebec and the RCMP behind the policewoman on this image from radio-canada.ca
Luc Baronian, 18 May 2007


According to my notes, the flag is simply the shoulder badge in a golden wreath on a white field.
Marc Pasquin, 18 May 2007


 
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