The arms of Canada are the arms of the Sovereign; they signify national sovereignty or ownership. They are used by Canada on federal government possessions such as buildings, official seals, money, passports, proclamations, publications, etc.; as well as rank badges of some members of the Canadian Forces. The design of the shield of the arms was Canada's badge in the Canadian Red Ensign, Canada's flag until the adoption of the National Flag in 1965.
The Trade Marks Act, chapter T-13, Revised Statutes of 1985 (sect. 9), protects the Arms of Canada against unauthorized commercial use.
Permission to use the arms of Canada in commercial activities may be obtained by writing to:
Federal Identity Program
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R5
Tel: (613) 957-2533
Fax: (613) 946-5187
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