Coat of Arms
The City of Vaughan has a rich history and strong civic pride. To pay tribute to its heritage, the Canadian Heraldic Authority is granting Vaughan a Coat of Arms. This honour is bestowed by the Canadian Crown under the powers exercised by the Governor General of Canada to recognize contributions made to the community.
The motto is a short phrase or several words, like a proverb, that expresses the accomplishments and the philosophy of the owner of a coat of arms. The following is a list of guidelines for composing your motto submission:
- Maximum of 30 letters in length (numbers, symbols or other characters are not permitted)
- Should consist of two or three nouns or adjectives
- Preferably use phrases or proverbs which may be literary or historical in nature, or an entirely original submission
- The language of the motto must be written in English only
Some examples of mottos used by Canadian coats of arms include:
- Canada - "From sea to sea"
- Ontario - "Loyal she began, loyal she remains"
Who may submit an idea for consideration?
To be eligible to submit a proposal for the motto, you must be:
- A resident of the City of Vaughan; or
- An employee or owner of a business in Vaughan.
How do I submit an idea for consideration?
To submit your idea for the City's new motto, email your proposal to CoatOfArms@vaughan.ca or submit your idea in person or by fax to the Office of the City Clerk.
What is the deadline for submissions?
The motto submission period has now closed.
How will the motto be chosen?
Submitted mottos will be considered by Council at a future meeting, to select the motto which is incorporated into the City's new Coat of Arms.