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Expanded licence plate program honours Canadian Forces

June 29, 2012

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As B.C. Legion Week wraps up, the B.C. government is announcing an expansion to the veteran's licence plate program to include currently serving Canadian Forces members.

From June 24 to 30, B.C. Legion Week showcases the work and contributions of the BC/Yukon Legion. As part of the government's recognition of the dedication and commitment of those who serve their country, commemorative veteran's licence plates will now be available to current members of the Canadian Forces who hold a trade qualification.

This expands the existing veteran's licence plate program that began on June 6, 2004, proclaimed Juno Beach Day. The British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association worked closely with government at the time and has been instrumental in working to achieve this expansion of the program.

The specially designed plates, which feature a powder blue background and a red poppy, are currently available to veterans who served during war time or in a postwar capacity as well as veterans who served during a NATO or UN operation, including members of the RCMP and Municipal Police.

Starting September 1, 2012, currently serving members of the Canadian Forces - both regular and reserve - can apply for plates under the expanded program by submitting an application form, supported by proof of service and a one-time $5 administrative fee. Once confirmed, veterans can order their plates through Autoplan brokers.


Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General -
"By expanding the veterans licence plate program to men and women in B.C. currently serving in the Canadian Forces, we are expressing our thanks as a province for their contribution to our country.

"We have worked very closely with a number of veterans' organizations who support expanding veteran plate eligibility as a demonstration of the gratitude British Columbians have for their service to our country. I look forward to eligible members ordering their plates and displaying them proudly on their vehicles."

Colonel Rob Roy MacKenzie, Commander, 39 Canadian Brigade Group -
"On behalf of the Regular and Reserve sailors, soldiers, airmen, and airwomen who are serving in B.C., I'd like to thank the provincial government and the veteran groups for extending this program to our ranks. Whether representing Canada during international peacekeeping, security, and combat operations abroad, or assisting civil authorities during domestic operations here at home, our members are proud to serve their country and community."

Dave Sinclair, immediate past president BC/Yukon Command, Royal Canadian Legion -
"It is very appropriate that this announcement comes during Legion Week in B.C. On behalf of the BC/Yukon Command, Royal Canadian Legion, Korean Veterans Association and Canadian Peacekeepers Veterans Association, I am grateful that the B.C. Government has expanded the veteran's licence plate program to include serving personnel of the Canadian Forces. I know the serving military will be proud to display the veterans licence plate to show their dedication and commitment to our county."

Lt Col. (Ret'd) Archie M. Steacy, BC Veterans Commemorative Association president -
"I'm very pleased that currently serving members will now receive recognition of their military service to Canada. This meaningful legacy, paying tribute to Canadian sacrifice, accomplishment and valour, resonates with the public each and every day, as they view these beautiful British Columbia Veteran Licence Plates. It reminds us all that we have a great deal to be thankful for, because of the selfless service of our Canadian Service men and women."

Quick Facts:

  • Since the veteran's licence plate program began, over 39,000 veterans living in B.C. have received a specialty plate.
  • The expanded veteran's licence plate program brings B.C. in line with other provinces that offer veteran's licence plates to active Canadian Forces members.
  • Commemorative veteran's licence plates in B.C. have a powder blue background and a red poppy, an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance of those who died in the line of duty.

Click to read the backgrounder (PDF)

Media contact:
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Justice
250 356-6961