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Norfolk County, Ontario (Canada)

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[Norfolk County, Ontario] 1:2 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18


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City of Norfolk County

Norfolk County is a rural single-tier municipality on the north shore of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario, with a 2016 population of 64,044. The largest community in Norfolk County is Simcoe and the other population centres are Port Dover, Delhi, Waterford and Port Rowan.

Current Flag

Text and image(s) from Canadian City Flags, Raven 18 (2011), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) by permission of Eugene Ipavec.

Design

Green and gold are Norfolk’s colours, representing its agricultural base. The Eastern dogwood (Cornus florida) is the city’s flower. It appears on the city’s coat of arms and on the arms granted to the former Town of Simcoe and the former Norfolk Township, both since amalgamated into the city. The nine golden yellow seeds in the centre represent the county government with eight councillors and one mayor. The notches on the dogwood flower petals symbolize the four former municipalities now composing the city (Norfolk, Delhi, Simcoe, and Nanticoke).
Christopher Bedwell, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Symbolism

The beaver (Castor canadensis) has long symbolized Canada, officially adopted as the national animal in 1975. First placed on the town’s corporate seal in 1850, it has remained a symbol of Brantford for over 150 years. According to the city: "As well as its patriotic and local heritage associations, the beaver is an apt emblem for a community where industry, both in the sense of attitude and commerce, has long been important." Industriousness, of course, is represented in the phrase “busy as a beaver”. The shield comes from the city’s arms.
Christopher Bedwell, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Selection

The city council accepted by unanimous vote the design recommended by the Norfolk Heritage Committee. The arms were granted 20 February 2004 and adopted in 2005.
Christopher Bedwell, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Designer

Ross Bateman, Vice Chairman of the Norfolk Heritage Committee, based on the badge of the Corporation of Norfolk County, created by Bruce Patterson, Saguenay Herald, Canadian Heraldic Authority.
Christopher Bedwell, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011