|Heraldry Proficiency Program - Canadian Heraldic Information|
This section contains miscellaneous Canadian heraldic information not readily available from other sources. 1. Marks of Cadency. 2. Supporters - Canadian Entitlements. 3. U.E.L. Coronets. 4. Arms of Provincial Capitals.
1. MARKS OF CADENCY
The following marks of cadency are sometimes used in Canada. The marks for male cadets are the same as those used in England. Those for female cadets are unique to Canada.
Label Crescent Mullet Martlet Annulet
1st son 2nd son 3rdson 4th son 5th son
Fleur de lis Rose Cross Moline Octofoil
6th son 7th son 8th son 9thson
Heart Ermine Spot Snowflake Fir Twig Chess-rook Escallop
1st Daughter 2nd Daughter 3rd Daughter 4th Daughter 5th Daughter 6th daughter
Harp Buckle Clarion
7th Daughter 8th Daughter 9th Daughter
2. SUPPORTERS - CANADIAN ENTITLEMENTS
a. Persons The following persons are entitled to supporters for life:
The Governor General
Lieutenant Governors of Provinces
Chief Justice of Canada
The Prime Minister
The Herald Chancellor
The Deputy Herald Chancellor
The Speaker of the House of Commons
The Speaker of the Senate
Companions of the Order of Canada
Commanders of the Order of Military Merit
Commanders of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces
Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
Bailiffs and Dames Grand Cross of the Venerable Order of St. John
b. Corporate Bodies
With a very few exceptions, all corporate bodies granted arms by the Canadian Heraldic Authority are entitled to supporters.
3. UNITED EMPIRE LOYALIST CORONETS
The U.E.L. Civil Coronet consists of a coronet set with alternating oak and maple leaves.
The U.E.L. Military Coronet consists of a coronet set with alternating maple leaves and crossed swords
UEL Civil Coronet
UEL Military Coronet
Rules for Use of the Post-nominals U.E. and of the Coronets
The right to use the UEL coronet has been established in Canada by the CHA according to the regulations of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (UELAC). A petitioner for arms who wishes to have either type, or both types, of Loyalist coronets must FIRST provide proof to the CHA of their Loyalist ancestry. The only proof recognized by the CHA is a numbered certificate from the UELAC that says the petitioner is descended from a specific Loyalist (or Loyalists). To do this, the petitioner must provide proof of each generation between himself and his Loyalist ancestor.
A successful petition of proof allows the petitioner the right to put "U.E." after his/her name, to denote Unity of Empire.
To be recognized as a Loyalist, the ancestor must have left the American colonies to settle in Canada, between 1776 and 1789. Neither gender, race, creed nor religion prevented a Loyalist from being recognized as such (it was the first time in the history of the modern world that such an all-encompassing decree went out)
As per the CHA, there is no limit (other than good heraldic taste) to the number of coronets that may be used, regardless of the number or status of Loyalist ancestors. Coronet(s) can be used in the shield and/or in the crest, as well as in a badge. They can even be used in supporters, if granted, as in the case of Loyalist College.
4. ARMS OF PROVINCIAL AND TERITORIAL CAPITALS
The Following are the arms of Provincial (and one Territorial) capital cities.
Quebec City, QC
St. John's, NL
Released: January 12, 2004
Updated: April 5, 2007