Canada School of Public Service

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Country: Canada
Campus/location : Ottawa, Ontario

Coat of arms (crest) of Canada School of Public Service

Official blazon

Arms : Lozengy Gules and Argent, a lozenge Argent charged with a maple leaf Gules
Crest : Issuant from a circlet of maple leaves Gules alternating with fleurs-de-lis Argent, a demi lion Or holding between its paws an open book Argent, edged Or, bound Gules


The arms were officially granted on February 15, 2001 to the Canadian Centre for Management Development and again on June 15, 2004 to the Canada School of Public Service.

The lozenges in the shield represent the complex interactions that characterize human relationships, and the management grid. The maple leaf on the large lozenge represents the School itself, an institution at the heart of the grid, indicating its role in the development of public management in Canada. Red and white are Canada’s national colours.

The wreath is decorated with maple leaves and fleurs-de-lis honouring Canada’s heritage and the presence of French traditions in Canadian management. The lion holds a book of learning, thus symbolizing alertness, strength and courage, as well as studiousness and the presence of British traditions in Canadian administration.

The motto expresses, in both official languages, a foundation on which to build service.

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