The type of leaf on Canada’s natioan flag is the maple leaf. You may be asking yourself why Canada specifically used the maple leaf as part of their flag, well here is the answer: When Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson declared that the Canadian government needed to adopt a distinctive national flag in 1964, the Senate and House of Commons Committee called for submissions of a national flag which the country can use. After they eliminated different proposals, they were left with just three designs for review – a design with three red maple leaves, a red ensign with a symbol of fleur-de-lis and the Union Jack and a red flag with a single red maple leaf positioned inside a white square.
The committee then chose the flag with just one maple leaf and the rest was history. So why did two of the three remaining possible designs both have maple leaf? It is because the maple leaf has been an emblem of the country since 1834.