Some information on this website may be out of date following the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
The contents of this Register are intended for research purposes only. The heraldic emblems found in the Register may not be reproduced in any form or in any media without the written consent of the Canadian Heraldic Authority and/or the recipient.
The person (or institution) to whom heraldic emblems are granted, registered, confirmed or approved.
The first name(s) of an individual to whom heraldic emblems are granted, registered, confirmed or approved.
Please note that family associations are found under civil institutions.
This does not apply to individuals and is not accessible unless the recipient "civil institution" or "military institution" is selected. An extensive list of specific categories is given on the Advanced Search page.
The province of residence of the recipient (or the location of the institution’s headquarters) at the time the Letters Patent were issued.
The selection "n/a" (not applicable) is given to civil and military institutions.
Clicking on one of these categories will show the heraldic emblems related to governors general of Canada, lieutenant governors of provinces, commissioners of territories, or prime ministers of Canada.
A section for First People’s emblems is included in each volume.
Each volume of the Public Register corresponds to the term of office of a governor general.
E.g.: Documents issued during the tenure of the Governor General Adrienne Clarkson (1999–2005) are entered in Volume IV.
Each page corresponds to a different project having led to a grant, registration, confirmation or approval.
A Grant is the official assignment of a new heraldic emblem.A Registration is the recording of an emblem previously granted by a recognized heraldic authority of another sovereign country. A registration can also record the inheritance of an emblem. A Confirmation records that an emblem previously granted may be used by the same recipient under a new legal name. A Confirmation may also record a right to use a particular emblem. A Supplementary Letter Patent notes additions and corrections to the documents previously recorded in the Public Register. An Approval assigns emblems for use by the Canadian Armed Forces. A Devisal is the creation of emblems for foreign institutions that have a clear link with Canada.
The designer of the original concept of the emblem. In many cases this is one of the heralds at the Canadian Heraldic Authority, although occasionally the design is created by the recipient or a third party.
This list includes all painters who have illustrated Letters Patent. Please note that a few of them are listed under different names. Debra MacGarvie is also listed as Debra Parker and Eva Pilar-Cass is also listed as Eva Pilar.
This list includes all calligraphers who have worked on Letters Patent.
The date of issuance of the Letters Patent.
The date of the announcement of the Letters Patent in the Canada Gazette.
The elements of the Letters Patent may include:
Arms, depicted on a shield shape;
Crest, which may or may not be placed on a helmet with mantling. In most cases a wreath of twisted cloth is found at the base of a crest. Occasionally, other elements are substituted for the helmet and mantling;
Supporters, which are placed on either side of the shield and stand on a base known as a compartment;
Motto, a phrase placed on a scroll;
Badge, an emblem distinct from the Arms;
Cadet shield, a modified version of the main arms designed to be used by a descendant or heir of the recipient.
The helmet, mantling and honours insignia cannot be searched in the Register.
All of the figures or symbols classified thematically.
The name of a specific figure or symbol.
The list shows the names of the colours both in the language of blazon and in English.
The characteristics of a charge, such as:
• A description of a traditional heraldic attitude or attribute (e.g., rampant, issuant, unguled, etc.);
• A secondary charge, being a small figure held by or charged on a main figure;
• A modifier of a line of division, partition or charge (e.g., wavy, embattled, etc.).
The colour of the background of the emblem.
A phrase affirming a sentiment or belief.
Some languages written in non-Roman characters cannot be searched in the online Register.