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

City of Scarborough

Scarborough, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters and Badges
February 1, 1996
Vol. III, p. 89

Arms of the City of Scarborough

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Blazon

Arms

Or a columbine flower and a chief embattled Azure issuant from the upper chief a demi-sun Or;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet heightened with four ears of corn (one and two-halves visible) alternating with four millstones (two visible) Or a maple leaf Gules;

Supporters

Two stags Or attired and unguled Azure each gorged with a collar of braid Gules Argent and Azure standing upon a representation of the Scarborough Bluffs proper rising above the waters of Lake Ontario Azure and Argent;

Motto

HOME ABOVE THE BLUFFS;


Symbolism

Arms

Blue and gold are the City’s official colours. The embattlement represents the Scarborough Bluffs and alludes to the City’s function to protect and nurture its people. The columbine is the floral emblem for Scarborough. The radiant sun suggests Scarborough’s location in the Metro Toronto, as the rising sun first shines on Scarborough.

Crest

The ears of corn represent Scarborough’s agricultural industry and the millstone alludes to commerce. The corn also honours the First Nations, the first inhabitants of this region. The millstone, when viewed as an Asian cash coin, refers to the most recent immigrants. The maple leaf is a reference to Canada and its multicultural vitality represented in the citizens of Scarborough.

Supporters

The deer are indigenous to the Scarborough area. The stag also appears in the arms for the City of Scarborough in England, emphasizing the connection between the two municipalities. The deer stand on a rendition of the bluffs, which recalls the principal geographical feature of the City. The pattern of the collars refers to the interweaving of individual and corporate needs. The colours allude to the earliest settlers from Britain

Motto

This phrase repeats the motifs of the Arms.