Organization: National Capital Commission
Designer: Julien Hébert, original logo design
The design consists of thirteen maple leaves, organized in a circle with the top of each leaf facing outwards.
Ten solid maple leaves represent the Canadian provinces, and three outlined maple leaves positioned to the right represent the territories. The use of solid and outlined leaves symbolizes the letter “C,” which stands for “capital” in English and “capitale” in French.
An earlier version of the logo, with only 12 maple leaves, was used from 1970 to 1999. This was before the creation of the third Canadian territory, Nunavut, in 1999. The pre-1999 version of the logo, as well as the initial 1999 version, incorporated stems on each of the maple leaves.
The logo has been used in a variety of corporate signature treatments, as well as pairings with abbreviated wordmarks.
The logo most often appears in deep green, or solid white or solid black.
The National Capital Commission is the federal Crown corporation responsible for the development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s Capital Region. It has been in operation since 1959.