The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Heraldic Emblem

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Emblem

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) worked with the Canadian Heraldic Authority to create an emblem that captures, through symbolism and heraldic principles, the Agency's history, role as a science-based regulator, and contributions to Canadians.

On March 21, 2013, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada formally unveiled the emblem and signed the Letters Patent, the original document that includes the heraldic emblem.

The emblem serves to unite all CFIA employees highlighting their history, common purpose, and commitment to serving Canadians to the best of their ability every day.

The motto

The motto, Fides Publica, Integritas, Scientia, means Protection, Integrity, Science. The motto represents the mandate of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), its values, and the scientific foundation on which its work is based.

The emblem

The simplified double helix represents life, biology and science. The compass rose represents the national scope of the Agency’s work and is a symbol for the leadership role the Agency plays. Green represents growth, plant life and agriculture and can also stand for safety. The contrasting red symbolizes the Agency’s role in preventing and mitigating food, plant and animal risks. The golden/yellow colour represents excellence and is also the colour of agriculture. The Royal Crown represents a connection with other government regulatory and enforcement entities and indicates that the CFIA’s work is carried out under the authority of the Crown.

The history

CFIA staff in Operations Branch worked with the Canadian Heraldic Authority to develop the emblem. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II approved the use of the Royal Crown on October 31, 2012. The emblem was made official by the Letters Patent from the Canadian Heraldic Authority. The Letters Patent was signed and presented by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on March 21, 2013 in a ceremony at CFIA headquarters in Ottawa.

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