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Canada Border Services Agency

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters and Badge
June 15, 2010
Vol. V, p. 521

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Gyronny of six Azure and Argent a portcullis ensigned by the Royal Crown all within a tressure erablé Or;


A sparrowhawk close guardant Or its dexter claw supporting an escutcheon per pale Gules and Argent;


Two griffins Gules and Or winged Argent standing on a rocky mount proper;




An escutcheon gyronny of six Azure and Argent charged with a portcullis within a tressure erablé Or all within an annulus Azure edged with rope, inscribed with the Motto, cotised by demi-maple leaves Or, and ensigned by the Royal Crown proper;



The Agency’s colours are blue, silver and gold. The gold band with maple leaves evokes the idea of protection against dangers coming from all directions. The three pairs of blue and white segments indicate that the Agency was formed from three different organizations. The portcullis and Royal Crown is a historical emblem for Her Majesty’s agents responsible for controlling entry into the country.


The sparrowhawk is a brave warrior with keen eyesight; it represents the Agency’s members as being professional and alert observers. The shield in Canada’s colours symbolizes that this is an Agency of Canada. It is similar in shape to the badges of office and recall that many of the Agency’s members are sworn peace officers.


The griffin is a symbol of watchfulness and a guardian of treasures. Here the griffins indicate that Agency members are to be knowledgeable observers of potential dangers to the nation. The base on which the griffins stand represents the Canadian Shield. This rock symbolizes the confidence and integrity that underlies the actions of the Agency members.


These three Latin words mean “Protection • service • integrity”.


The maple leaves represent the different jurisdictions in which members serve.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 26, 2011, in Volume 145, page 1074 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Darrel Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Linda Nicholson

Shirley Mangione

Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Federal Agency

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