Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms of the College of New Caledonia (CNC) was registered with the
Canadian Heraldic Authority in 1996. CNC received its Coat of Arms in an historic joint ceremony with the City of Prince George in 1996.

CNC’s Coat of Arms is a time-honoured college symbol and is not used in marketing and promotional materials or as the sole identifier of the College. The Coat of Arms is intended to be used for formal, ceremonial academic or presidential functions. It is used on formal documents like College certificates, diplomas, tuition credits, and official partnerships or declarations.

Coat of Arms

Shield of Arms

The "Y" in the Shield represents the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers at Prince George, where the College was first established. On the "Y" are five Cross Crosslets, taken from the Coat of Arms of Simon Fraser - the explorer who gave the region its early name of New Caledonia, later adopted by the College. The number Five honours the original School Districts which helped to establish the College and also represents the five main campuses of the College today. At the top of the Shield is an Open Book, a traditional symbol of learning.


A closed Helmet means the wearer is "ready for battle". Above the Helmet is a gold Coronet or crown, a link to the royally named City of Prince George. The Coronet is rimmed with Pine Cones, representing the forests of the region. At the top is a Beaver, an animal associated with diligence and in an historical context, symbolic of the early fur trade of the region and its native heritage.


On either side of the Shield are Supporters, chosen from animals indigenous to the region. On the left is a Bear wearing a blue collar and pendant disc on which is displayed a Pair of Dividers, representing Design and Technical Studies. On the right is a Fox, wearing a disc on which is displayed a Lamp of Learning.

College Colours

Blue ("loyalty and achievement") and Gold ("prosperity").


"Toujours la Verite" (The truth always). The motto is in French, in recognition of the bilingual nature of our country.

Badge and Flag

Both the Badge and Flag have a Cross Crosslet, taken from the Shield. The Cross Crosslet is surrounded by a golden sun or Sun in Splendor. This represents the light of learning. It also associates the College with the Province of British Columbia, which has a Sun in Splendor on its Coat of Arms.