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City of Scarborough

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

Click on each image to enlarge. The blazon and symbolism for each element will accompany the enlarged image.


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;

Badge

On a pentagon Azure edged Or a columbine flower also Or;

Badge

On a pentagon Or edged Azure a columbine flower Gules;

Badge

On a pentagon Or edged Azure a columbine flower also Azure;

Badge

On a pentagon Azure edged Or a columbine flower Argent;


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.

Badge

The gold and blue columbine identifies City dignitaries and functionaries.

Badge

The red columbine on gold can be used by all citizens of the City of Scarborough.

Badge

The blue columbine on gold identifies city employees and agencies.

Badge

The white columbine on blue is reserved for the recognition of significant contributions to the Scarborough community.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 23, 1996, in Volume 130, page 3279 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert Black, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Linda Nicholson

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government