The Protection of Canadian Heraldry Under the Trademarks Act

Heraldic emblems that have been officially granted are protected by copyright. However, further protection against commercial misuse can also be sought under paragraph 9(1)(n.1) of the Trademarks Act. On request, the Canadian Heraldic Authority can arrange for the trademark registration. The fee, set out by the Governor in Council, is currently* $694.00 per emblem**, payable to the Receiver General of Canada.

*This information was correct as of January 1, 2024. Check the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website for the latest updates on costs.

**Note that coats of arms, flags and badges count as separate emblems.