Symbols and Honours Act
1 - Provincial Symbols
of Arms of British Columbia
2. Representation of government authority
3. Floral emblem
4. Mineral emblem
5. Tree emblem
6. Bird emblem
6.1. Mammal emblem
7. British Columbia Tartan
8. Use of tartan
9. Power to make regulations
11. Misuse of Provincial symbol
Coat of Arms of British Columbia
(1) The Coat of Arms of British Columbia is the Shield of
Arms with Motto granted by Royal Warrant of King Edward VII on March
31, 1906, as augmented and granted by Royal Warrant of Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II, in Vancouver on October 15, 1987.
person, other than the Lieutenant Governor, a member of the Executive
Council, a member of the Legislative Assembly or a judge of the
Supreme Court, a County Court or the Provincial Court, must not,
without the permission of the minister, assume, display
or use the Coat of Arms of British Columbia or a design so closely
resembling it as to be likely to deceive.
Representation of government authority
person or organization must not assume, display or use a name, title
or device that indicates or that is reasonably susceptible of the
interpretation that the person or organization has authority from
the government to do so or is exercising a function of the government,
if in fact the person or organization has no authority from or is
not exercising a function of the government.
registration, under an enactment, of a name of the nature described
in subsection (1) is not a defence to a prosecution under this section.
of the tree known botanically as Cornus nuttallii and
commonly known as the flowering dogwood is the floral emblem
of British Columbia.
in mineralogy as nephrite or jadeite, is the mineral emblem
of British Columbia.
5. Tree emblem
tree known botanically as Thuja plicata Donn and commonly known
as the western red cedar is the arboreal emblem of British Columbia.
6. Bird emblem
known taxonomically as Cyanocitta stelleri and commonly known
as the Steller's jay is the bird emblem of British Columbia.
non-albino, white colour phase of the mammal known taxonomically
as Ursus americanus, and commonly known as the Spirit Bear,
is the mammal emblem of British Columbia.
tartan recorded on January 8, 1969 as the British ColumbiaTartan
in the books of the Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms, Scotland
is the tartan of British Columbia.
sample of the British Columbia Tartan, in coloured textile material,
is to be kept in the offices of the minister.
Use of tartan
A person must
not sell, display, publish, advertise or hold out any tartan, other
than the British Columbia Tartan, as the tartan of British Columbia,
or as a tartan that has been confirmed, adopted, declared, officially
recognized or approved as a tartan of British Columbia.
to make regulations
Governor in Council may make regulations directing that the British
Columbia Tartan or the design or set of it, or any representation
of it, must not be used in a manner or under the circumstances specified
in the regulations.
A person who
contravenes section 1 (2), 2 (1) or 8 commits an offence.
of Provincial symbol
In this section, "Provincial symbol" means the Coat of
Arms of British Columbia or the British Columbia Tartan.
If a person assumes, uses or displays
a Provincial symbol in contravention of section 1 (2) or a regulation
made under section 9, or
a name, title or device in contravention of section 2 (1),
Court may, on the application of the minister, grant an injunction
restraining the person from contravening that section or regulation
whether or not the person has been prosecuted under this Act.
Part 2 -
13. Order of British Columbia
14. Advisory Council
15. Recommendation and rules
18. Privileges of members
19. British Columbia Medal of Good Citzenship
20. Power to make regulations
council" means the advisory council continued under section
"Order" means the Order of British Columbia continued
under section 13;
"Chancellor" means the Chancellor referred to in section
"Secretary" means the secretary appointed under section
of British Columbia
Order of British Columbia is continued to recognize persons who
have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field
of endeavour benefiting the people of British Columbia or elsewhere.
is a member of the Order without further appointment, and
(b) while in office as Lieutenant Governor, is the Chancellor
of the Order.
council is continued consisting of the following:
(b) the Chief Justice of British Columbia, who is the Chair;
(c) the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British
(d) the deputy minister, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat;
(e) for a 2 year term, a president of a university established
or continued under the University Act, the Royal Roads University
Act or the Thompson Rivers University Act, chosen in turn in the
order determined by the advisory council;
(f) the President of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities;
(g) 2 members of the Order, when appointed to the advisory
council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on the recommendation
of the other members of the advisory council.
of the advisory council
The Lieutenant Governor in Council may appoint an employee of the
government to be the secretary of the advisory council.
(2) The secretary's function is to maintain the records of
the advisory council and Order and perform other duties that the
advisory council may require.
advisory council must recommend each year to the Lieutenant Governor
in Council persons who, in the opinion of the advisory council,
deserve to be appointed members of the Order.
advisory council may make rules governing the conduct of its business.
or organization may submit to the advisory council nominations for
appointment to the Order.
to the Order must be made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
on the recommendation of the advisory council.
person who is an elected federal, provincial or municipal representative
is not eligible to be appointed a member of the Order while that
person remains in office.
person may not be appointed a member of the Order posthumously unless
the advisory council recommends the appointment to the Lieutenant
Governor in Council before the person's death.
member of the Order may wear the insignia of the Order and have
the letters "O.B.C." placed after the member's name.
insignia referred to in subsection (1) are the following:
a medal in the form of a stylized flowering dogwood bearing the
Shield of Arms of British Columbia and the Crown, worn with a
green, gold, white and blue ribbon;
(b) a lapel pin in the form of a stylized flowering dogwood
bearing the Shield of Arms of British Columbia and the Crown.
member may resign from the Order by giving written notice of his
or her intention to resign, signed by the member, to the Chancellor.
Chancellor may terminate a person's membership in the Order
on the recommendation of the advisory council, and
(b) with the approval of the executive council.
a person's membership in the Order is terminated under subsection
(2), the termination is effective when the Order in Council respecting
the person's membership is rescinded.
a person ceases to be a member of the Order under subsection (1)
or (2), the person must immediately return the following to the
the commission evidencing the appointment of the member;
(b) the insignia of the Order that were presented to the
Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship
Governor in Council may award the British Columbia Medal of Good
Citizenship to recognize persons who have acted in a particularly
generous, kind or self-sacrificing manner for the common good without
expectation of reward.
Although the statute exists for the Medal of Good Citizenship, it
is not yet operational due to funding limitations.
to make regulations
Governor in Council may make regulations
prescribing the insignia of the Order,
governing the use and display of the insignia of the Order, and
governing the procedures to be followed in selecting persons to
be recipients of the British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship.
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