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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Heraldry Today

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Province of Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Registration of Arms, Supporters and Flag
October 15, 2010
Vol. VI, p. 2

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Blazon

Arms

Vert a sprig of three maple leaves Or, on a chief Argent a cross Gules;

Crest

A bear passant Sable;

Supporters

Dexter a moose, sinister a Canadian deer proper;

Motto

UT INCEPIT FIDELIS SIC PERMANET;

Flag

Gules an escutcheon of the Arms of Ontario, a canton of the Royal Union Flag proper;


Symbolism

Arms

The maple leaves represent Canada. The cross of St. George is a symbol of England.

Crest

The black bear is an animal native to Ontario.

Supporters

The moose and the deer are animals native to Ontario.

Motto

Meaning “As loyal she began, so loyal she remains”, this Latin motto alludes to the creation of the province, as Upper Canada, by the United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolutionary War.

Flag

The flag follows the design of the Canadian Red Ensign, used as an official emblem of Canada prior to 1965, with the provincial arms in place of the national.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 12, 2011, in Volume 145, page 3514 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of the heralds of the College of Arms, London (Arms), Edward Marion Chadwick (Crest, Motto and Supporters) and the Government of Ontario (Flag).

Painter
Dennis Field

Calligrapher
* Not applicable / Sans objet


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Provincial & Territorial (General)

The arms were originally recorded in the records of the College of Arms, London, England, 26 May 1868, as a Royal Warrant of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

The crest, motto and supporters were originally recorded in the records of the College of Arms, London, England, 27 February 1909.

The flag was adopted by The Flag Act, 1965 (S.O. 1965, c. 42), proclaimed into force effective 21 May 1965.

Photo courtesy of Tom Foulds