Canadian Provincial Mottoes

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There are Thirteen provinces in Canada and three territories. The main difference between a territory and a province is that the territories were made by federal law. Provinces were made from the Constitution Act. The provinces of Canada have each adopted a motto which is inscribed on the provincial coat of arms or crest. The territory of Nunavut is the only one of the three territories of Canada with a motto.  Each territory and province also have their own symbols like birds, flowers, and trees. These are supposed to represent the culture and personality of each area. 

Province / Territory


Alberta Fortis et Liber
"Strong and free"
BC Splendor Sine Occasu
"Splendour without diminishment"
Manitoba Gloriosus et Liber
"Glorious and free"
New Brunswick Spem Reduxit
"Hope was restored"
Newfoundland Quaerite Prime Regnum Dei
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God"
NWT None
Nova Scotia Munit Haec et Altera Vincit
"One defends and the other conquers"
Nunavut Nunavut Sanginivut (in Inuktitut)
"Nunavut, our strength"
Ontario Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet
"Loyal she began, loyal she remains"
PEI Parva Sub Ingenti
"The small under the protection of the great"
Quebec Je me souviens
"I remember"
Saskatchewan Multibus E Gentibus Vires
"From many peoples strength"
Yukon None
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