The design consists of a green chevron surmounted by a gold shield with the city badge. The city badge consists of a mural crown with crossed axe and paddle. The wavy ribbons of white and azure symbolize the Pacific Ocean and rivers surrounding the city. They are similar to and bear the same meaning as on the flag of British Columbia.
The mural crown states Vancouver's status as an incorporated city. The axe and paddle resemble the supporters found on the Coat of Arms and stand for the traditional industries, logging and fishing. The green background is a symbol of the forests that used to stand on the city's location.