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Correctional Service of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of a Badge and Flag
October 15, 2009
Vol. V, p. 471

Badge of the Correctional Service of Canada

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A roundel Buff charged with a key and a torch enflamed in saltire Or surmounted by a maple leaf Gules, all within an annulus Vert edged and inscribed CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CORRECTIONNEL and CANADA in letters Or, ensigned by the Royal Crown proper, and above a scroll Vert edged and inscribed with the Motto, the whole surmounting a six-pointed star rayonné Or;





The Royal Crown alludes to service to the Crown. The maple leaf is for Canada. The torch symbolizes training, education and parole. The key represents the service’s custodial responsibilities. The key also signifies the unlocking of a closed door, representing the conclusion of the offender’s sentence.


This Latin sentence means “To accept the future” or more poetically “To grasp the future”.