Ontario Provincial Police

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Orillia, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flags and Badges
April 22, 1998
Vol. III, p. 237

Arms of the Ontario Provincial Police
Arms of the Ontario Provincial Police
Flag of the Ontario Provincial Police Flags of the divisions of the Ontario Provincial Police Flag for the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police
Badge for the Headquarters of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge for the Academy of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge for the Greater Toronto Region of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge for the Central Region of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge for the Eastern Region of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge for the Western Region of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge for the Northeast Region of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge for the Northwest Region of the Ontario Provincial Police Rank Insignia of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge of the Ontario Provincial Police Badge for the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police
 
Arms of the Ontario Provincial Police

Arms of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

Or a bear rampant Azure bearing in its dexter paw a sprig of three maple leaves Or fimbriated Azure;

Symbolism

The bear symbolizes the Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) spirit and determination and is also the crest of the province of Ontario. The sprig of maple leaves is taken from the arms of Ontario and represents the OPP’s service to the citizens of the province.

Crest

Blazon

Issuant from a coronet Vallary Azure an osprey Argent wings elevated and addorsed Azure;

Symbolism

The coronet vallary suggests protection and preparedness. The osprey, renowned for its acuity of sight, symbolizes the force’s role in keeping watch over Ontarians.

Supporters

Blazon

On a grassy mound Vert set with trillium flowers Argent seeded Or leaved Vert rising above barry wavy Argent and Azure dexter a lion Azure semé of Ermine spots Or langued Gules armed Or sinister a stag Azure semé of Ermine spots Or langued Gules attired and unguled Or each gorged with a collar of trilliums Argent seeded Or leaved Vert pendant therefrom a bezant bearing a representation of the Royal Crown proper;

Symbolism

The lion alludes to strength of purpose. It is made distinctive with the ermine spots which refer to the fauna of Northern Ontario. The collar of trilliums, the provincial flower, is another reference to Ontario. The pendants featuring the Royal Crown are a reminder that the role of the force is the maintenance of the Crown’s peace. The stag represents strength and courage.

Motto

Blazon

SERVITUTE CLARIORES;

Symbolism

SERVITUTE CLARIORES means “More illustrious through serving”, but is commonly translated in English “They are made more illustrious through service.”

Flag of the Ontario Provincial Police

Flag of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

An ensign Azure on a canton also Azure fimbriated Or the badge of the Ontario Provincial Police;

Symbolism

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Flags of the divisions of the Ontario Provincial Police

Flags of the divisions of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

The ensign of the Ontario Provincial Police with the Divisional badge in the fly (exemple shown: the Flag of the Academy of the Ontario Provincial Police);

Symbolism

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Flag for the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police

Flag for the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Commissioner: An ensign Azure a canton of the Arms of the Ontario Provincial Police and in the fly the badge of the Commissioner fimbriated Argent;

Symbolism

For the Commissioner: The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge for the Headquarters of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Headquarters of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For Headquarters: On a star composed of sun rays Argent issuant from a torteau, hereinafter referred to as a Canadian star, charged with two representations of the tipstaff of the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police in saltire Or;

Symbolism

For Headquarters: The tipstaffs are taken from the Insignia of Rank.

Badge for the Academy of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Academy of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Academy: A Canadian star charged with an open book Argent bound Or;

Symbolism

For the Academy: The open book represents learning.

Badge for the Greater Toronto Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Greater Toronto Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Greater Toronto Region: A Canadian star charged with a representation of the CN Tower in Toronto Argent;

Symbolism

For the Greater Toronto Region: The CN Tower represents the City of Toronto.

Badge for the Central Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Central Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Central Region: A Canadian star charged with a plate thereon three bars wavy Azure;

Symbolism

For the Central Region: The wavy blue and white bars represent the Great Lakes.

Badge for the Eastern Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Eastern Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Eastern Region: A Canadian star charged with a Loyalist civil coronet Argent;

Symbolism

For the Eastern Region: The Loyalist civil coronet represents the region’s history and heritage.

Badge for the Western Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Western Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Western Region: A Canadian star charged with dexter a steam locomotive wheel sinister a garb Or;

Symbolism

For the Western Region: The railway locomotive wheel refers to industry, and the sheaf of wheat denotes agriculture.

Badge for the Northeast Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Northeast Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Northeast Region: A Canadian star charged with a Maskinonge fesswise embowed Argent;

Symbolism

For the Northeast Region: The maskinonge represents the heritage and lifestyle associated with the northern lakes of Ontario.

Badge for the Northwest Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Northwest Region of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Northwest Region: A Canadian star charged with a canoe Argent;

Symbolism

For the Northwest Region: The canoe refers to the fur trade and canoe routes of the Northwest. It also honours the Indigenous heritage and first inhabitants of Ontario.

Rank Insignia of the Ontario Provincial Police

Rank Insignia of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For use by the Commissioner in establishing rank insignia, a combination of the following: A representation of the Royal Crown proper; two tipstaffs of the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police in saltire Or the cap of their Royal Crowns being Gules; the star of the Ontario Provincial Police as more plainly here depicted namely on a cross paty set upon a four-pointed chipped star Or a trillium flower Argent seeded Or leaved Vert encircled by a motto band Gules inscribed SERVITUTE CLARIORES in letters Or enclosed within a laurel wreath Vert;

Symbolism

The Royal Crown repeats an element from the arms. The tipstaffs are differenced by the gold colour. The star uses a design based on the 19th-century Canadian Army Star originally taken from the Order of the Bath. The trillium and motto of the OPP echo a theme of the arms.

Badge of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

The Shield of Arms of Her Majesty in Right of the Province of Ontario encircled by a motto band Azure fimbriated Or inscribed SERVITUTE CLARIORES in letters also Or all within a wreath composed alternately of maple leaves Or and trillium flowers Argent seeded Or leaved Vert ensigned by a representation of the Royal Crown proper;

Symbolism

The arms of Ontario symbolize the community being served. This theme is further emphasized by the wreath of trilliums and maple leaves and the OPP’s motto. The Crown repeats an element from the OPP’s coat of arms.

Badge for the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police

Badge for the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police

Blazon

For the Commissioner: A coronet rim set alternately with maple leaves Or and trillium flowers Argent seeded Or leaved Vert enfiled by two representations of the tipstaff of the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police in saltire proper;

Symbolism

For the Commissioner: The tipstaff or ceremonial baton is a distinctive mark of the rank of Commissioner. The coronet of alternating trillium flowers and maple leaves indicates Ontario and Canada.

 

Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the letters patent was made on January 30, 1999 in Volume 133, page 181 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters patent granting heraldic emblems to the Ontario Provincial Police

Additional Information

Creator(s)

Original concept of Robert Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter

Joan Bouwmeester

Calligrapher

Joan Bouwmeester

Recipient Type

Civil Institution
Provincial & Territorial (Agency and other)