Coat of arms of Ontario

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The Coat of Arms of Ontario
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For use by the Government of Ontario
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For use by the Legislative Assembly
Details
Armiger Elizabeth II in Right of Ontario
Adopted 1868, augmented 1909
Crest Upon a wreath of the colours a bear passant Sable
Escutcheon Vert, a sprig of three maple leaves slipped Or, on a chief argent a cross gules.
Supporters On the dexter side a moose and on the sinister side a deer, both proper.
Motto UT INCEPIT FIDELIS SIC PERMANET
Loyal she began, loyal she remains

The coat of arms of Ontario was granted by Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria on 26 May 1868.[1][2] This arms of Canada was shared with the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador and also used in the Canadian Red Ensign. The Dominion arms was simple and lacked supporters. The award of arms was augmented with supporters and a crest by Royal Warrant of King Edward VII on 27 February 1909.

The province's arms are the only one without royal symbols, namely a crown.

Symbolism[edit]

Crest

The crest is a black bear standing on a gold and green wreath

Shield

The shield of arms — which appears on Ontario's flag — consists of three golden maple leaves, representing Canada, on a green background. On a chief is the Cross of St. George, the name saint of King George III, in allegiance to whom the Loyalists first came to the land that would form the province.

Supporters

a moose and deer

Motto

The motto is Ut incepit Fidelis sic permanet, Latin for Loyal she began, loyal she remains. It refers to the Loyalist refugees from the American Revolution, who settled in the Province of Canada, and for whom the area was separated as Upper Canada.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ceremonial and Canadian Symbols Promotion – Ontario". Pch.gc.ca. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Royal Heraldry Society of Canada – Arms of Canada's Provinces and Territories". RHSC. 3 May 2004. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 

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