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Coat of Arms Policy

Classification number LCG 1114
Framework category Legal, Compliance and Governance
Approving authority Board of Governors
Policy owner University Secretary
Approval date December 2009
Review date To be assigned


Under the authority of the Governor General of Canada, the Chief Herald of Canada, Claire Boudreau, granted to the University armorial bearings on July 15, 2009. The University's Coat of Arms offers a graphic representation of the important facets of the university, as well as its history, values and achievements.  At the same time, it highlights the University’s ties to the regional, national and worldwide communities from which the university draws its mission and purpose.  The Letters Patent containing the University's armorial bearings and the accompanying image have been entered into the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada (Volume V, page 458).     

Policy and Procedure

This policy applies to the reproduction and use of the Coat of Arms, or any aspect of the armorial bearings.  The procedures ensure that the Arms are at all times used in an appropriate and dignified manner that serves to preserve and promote the values and mission of the university.       

The reproduction and use of the Coat of Arms is reserved for ceremonial and commemorative purposes, official university business by the Chancellor and the President, and student transcripts and parchments.  Any exception to this use requires the approval of the President.  Use of the Coat of Arms by any individual other than those for whom permission has been granted is prohibited.