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[University of Toronto flag] image by Ivan Sache, 3 August 2018

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The University

The University of Toronto (U of T), founded in 1827, is composed of three campuses: Downtown Toronto (St. George; 61,339 students), Mississauga (UTM; 14,885 students), and Scarborough (UTSC; 70,890 students). U of T is composed of 18 faculties; the Faculty of Arts & Science is composed of 7 colleges dating back to the early years of the university.
Ivan Sache, 3 August 2018

The Flag

The flag of U of T is horizontally divided blue-white with the university's coat of arms, in full colors.

The coat of arms was designed in 1857 by Daniel Wilson, who later became U of T president. The tree – originally a maple, but later changed to an
oak for unknown reasons – reflects the university’s motto, “Velut arbor ævo.” The Latin phrase is translated as “may it grow as a tree through the ages” in a 1935 U of T Monthly article. The words in the motto are an excerpt from Horace’s Odes: “crescit occulto velut arbor ævo fama Marcelli,” meaning “the fame of [Roman military leader] Marcellus grows like a tree over time unseen.” The exact translation is open, but another rendition is “as a tree with the passage of time” – and the image of evolving and growing stronger over the years is a fitting metaphor for U of T students themselves.
U of T Magazine, Winter 2018

The arms were registered on 20 May 2016 on the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada, Vol. VI, p. 624. The Letters Patented were announced on 22 October 2016 in the Canada Gazette, Vol. 150, p. 3,152.

Azure two open books above a beaver statant proper, on a chief Argent the Royal Crown proper;

An oak tree Or leaved Vert fructed Or;

VELUT ARBOR ӔVO ("As a tree, over time")

The design of the arms is credited to the College of Arms, London.
Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada
Ivan Sache, 3 August 2018

Banner of Arms

[University of Toronto flag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 4 December 2006

Academic and athletic flags

 Academic and athletic flags in use:

Shield of arms from the Governor General website:

Shield of arms, Faculty of Forestry:

Shield of arms, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy:

Coat of arms and flag, Faculty of Medicine:

Shield of arms, Faculty Club of UT:

Flags, badge and arms, Medical Alumni Association of UT:


Dave Fowler, 8 May 2020