Registration of Existing Arms, Flags and Badges

Since its creation, the Canadian Heraldic Authority (CHA) has endeavoured to document the heraldic heritage of Canada, its institutions and its citizens. As such, existing arms, flags and badges that have been granted by a recognized heraldic authority in another country may be recorded in the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada.

In addition, a registration can be made of heraldic emblems granted by the chief herald of Canada that have subsequently been inherited by another person.

The CHA also issues confirmation documents to individuals and organizations that already possess official emblems, but which have changed their name. The process for a confirmation is identical to that of a registration.

Note: If changes to the emblems are needed, then the request becomes an application for a new grant of arms (see Grant of Arms, Flags and Badges).

Opening of the file

First, fill out the online application form. Following the submission of the form, email us the supporting documents required to complete your application within the next 5 business days, after which time incomplete applications will be deleted.

Registration process

  1. The chief herald of Canada examines the request and determines if a registration is possible or if further information is required. Please note that the heraldic laws and customs of one country can differ from those of another. The chief herald might therefore accept a request, but with limits on what will be registered.
  2. The chief herald of Canada makes a recommendation to the deputy herald chancellor, who will at his discretion authorize the registration of the emblems. This authorization could be voided at any time of the process should your eligibility change.
  3. The registration document containing the blazon (heraldic description) and the symbolism of the emblems is prepared in both official languages, and a page number is assigned in the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada. The document is signed and sealed by the registrar of the CHA.
  4. The document is sent to you by mail.
  5. In the following 6 to 12 months, the registration is added to the online version of the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada.

Cost and time frame

There is no fee for registering officially created heraldic emblems.

The average time required to complete a registration is from 6 to 12 months after the warrant has been signed. The process can last longer if we receive a large volume of requests.