The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
Heraldry Today

Canadian Coast Guard

Ottawa, Ontario
Registration of a Badge
June 15, 1992
Vol. II, p. 175

Badge of the Canadian Coast Guard

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Blazon

Badge

On an oval Argent a maple leaf Gules impaling Azure two dolphins naiant Or the lower one contourné the whole within a rope knotted at the base also Or and ensigned by a representation the Royal Crown proper;

Motto

SALUTI PRIMUM AUXILIO SEMPER;


Symbolism

Badge

This emblem, which was approved before 1961, combines the red and white colours of Canada with the blue of waterways. The maple leaf evokes Canada and the dolphins represent the ships that ply the coasts of Canada. As well, dolphins are regarded as ancient talismans and helpers of all mariners. The crown represents service to the Sovereign.

Motto

Meaning “Safety first, service always”, the motto expresses the Coast Guard philosophy.