On August 18, 1974 City Council appointed the City of Toronto Flag Design Committee, comprised of Aldermen Paul B. Pickett, Q. C. and Reid Scott, Q.C. as Co-chairmen and Aldermen Edward Negridge, Colin Vaughan and Anne Johnston as members.
The committee's task was to bring forward a suitable design for the City of Toronto flag.
A competition was launched, and on November 6, 1974 the committee's selection was submitted to City Council. By a unanimous vote, the design of 21-year-old George Brown College student Renato De Santis was declared the winning entry.
Elements of the Flag
In 1997, the City of Toronto amalgamated, bringing together the former cities of Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, York and Toronto, the Borough of East York and the Metro level of government.
Council began the search for a new flag to represent the newly formed city.
The public was invited to submit designs. When Council did not approve any of the submissions, City design staff were asked to submit design proposals.
During the councillors review of staff designs, Renato De Santis - designer of the original City of Toronto flag in 1974, suggested his design be approved with minor modifications to a 3'x 6' format.
Council approved the design in October 1999.
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