A Canadian Pale of red and white with the red maple leaf centred on the white band.
The search for a unique flag for Canada began in 1895. Edward M. Chadwick had recommended that the Government of Canada adopt a national flag of its own which featured a maple leaf. In 1925 a committee of the Privy Council began its research into possible designs; an endeavour which never produced any results. In 1946, a Parliamentary Committee was given the same mandate. The committee reached out for designs and received 2,600 entries. However, Parliament never formally voted on the designs so one was never adopted. It wasn't until 1964 when then Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson announced to the House of Commons that his Government wished to adopt a distinctively Canadian flag. A Senate and House of Commons Committee was formed and submissions were called for.
The National Flag of Canada was approved by resolution of the House of Commons on 15 December, 1964 and the Senate on 17 December, 1964. on 15 February, 1965 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, proclaimed the design as the new flag of Canada. That same day the official ceremony inaugurating the flag was held on Parliament Hill.