A black bear, representing Ontario’s abundant and varied wildlife, stands upon a green and gold wreath. The Cross of St. George, set on a white background, tops the shield and represents Ontario’s relationship with the Crown. Beneath the Cross, set on a green background, are 3 gold maple leafs, which are also an official symbol of Canada. Supporting the shield on the left is a moose; a deer supports the shield on the right. Early settlers and colonists relied heavily on both these animals for food and clothing. The Motto, Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanent, means ‘Loyal she began, loyal she remains’.
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