Government of Canada Logo

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The Great Seal of Canada is an essential part of the country’s governmental activity, being used as an instrument for the purposes of the state. In a way, it can be viewed as the Government of Canada logo. In a symbolic form, it states the values and aims of the country.
Additionally, there is a simpler logo, which has been in use since 1972.

Meaning and history

Government of Canada Logo history

1867 – 1980

Government of Canada Logo 1980

In the primary version, you can see the word “Canada” in black with a small flag just above the final “a.” The colors can be reversed. There is also a version, where the flag is larger, and to the right of it, the lettering “Government of Canada” is placed.

1980 – Today

Government of Canada logo

In 1980 the main logo of the Government of Canada was redesigned in order to create a more professional and official look. The new badge featured the same elements (the black lettering and the flag of Canada), but placed in a new composition, with the flag placed on the left, followed by a two leveled lettering in English, and accompanied by a two leveled lettering in French. Both parts of the inscription are set in black, using a traditional sans-serif typeface.


Government of Canada Seal history

1869 (Seal)

Government of Canada Logo 1869

Taking into consideration the link between Canada and the UK, it is only natural that the original Great Seal was created in the UK and adopted the status of the country’s official seal in 1869. Before that, the country used a temporary seal for a comparatively short time span from 1867 to 1869.
The first official seal already comprised the coats of arms of the old provinces, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec, and Ontario. Here, the emblems were displayed in pairs. Each pair was positioned to the left or to the right of Queen Victoria, whose seated figure formed the visual center of the design.
The Great Seal used during the reign of King George V also showcased the seated monarch (although, this time, this was of course not Queen Victoria but King George V). The emblems of the original provinces of Canada remained in the same places, too. Unlike its silvery predecessor, this one was golden.

1955 (Seal)

Government of Canada Logo 1955

When Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952, the old seal was destroyed, as tradition requires.
Instead, the Royal Canadian Mint produced a new seal based on the design developed by the artist Eric Aldwinckle. The seal began to be officially used in 1955.
Once again, the centerpiece of the Government of Canada logo is the figure of a seated monarch. The Queen is enthroned on the coronation chair and robed. In her hands, you can see the long-standing symbols of her status, the orb and scepter. On the forefront, the Royal Arms of Canada is positioned.
The design is by far simpler than that of the previous seals – the authors of the logo have made great strides in their attempt to make the symbolism easier to grasp. To begin with, the highly detailed background gave way to the plain solid background. As a result, the figure of the monarch has grown more prominent in comparison with the previous seals, where the details around it could have overwhelmed you.
Another step towards simplicity can be noticed in the lettering that encircles the emblem. The text in the old seals was in Latin. Conversely, this time, it is given in English and French.


While the overall style of the 1955 Government of Canada logo isn’t as elaborate as that of its predecessor, it still has nothing to do with the trendy minimalistic designs you can see everywhere today. The text is set in a refined, old-school serif type. There is a pronounced variation in the widths of the strokes.


The shade of the seal is silvery, which is pretty natural if you take into consideration it is made of tempered steel.