Canadian veteran licence plates

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In Canada, motor vehicle licence plates are issued by the transportation department in each province and territory. They honour veterans by issuing a special type of licence plate that is available only to veterans. Between 2002 and 2005, a trend struck the licence authorities which prompted them to issue veteran licence plates.[1] The only territory that does not have a veteran licence plate is Nunavut.[2] A common feature of these veteran licence plate is the image of a red poppy or the word "veteran" (or both).[3] Only veteran licence plates issued by the Northwest Territories do not have any of the features mentioned above.[2]

Introduction dates[edit]

Province/Territory Date of Introduction Cost
Alberta February 15, 2005 $5.00
British Columbia June 4, 2004 $5.00
Manitoba November 5, 2004 $5.00
Newfoundland and Labrador September 2, 2003 $5.00
New Brunswick November 1, 2003 $5.00
Northwest Territories June 2004 $5.00
Nova Scotia November 7, 2002 $5.00
Ontario November 9, 2003 $5.00
Prince Edward Island 2003 $5.00
Quebec January 1, 2006 $5.00
Saskatchewan November 10, 2004 $5.00
Yukon November 10, 2004 $5.00

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Ontario[edit]

In Ontario, the Ministry of Transportation issued 27,000 veteran licence plates since 2003.[3] Veterans can order a special licence plate with the format "000 VET" for display or gift purposes.

Québec[edit]

As of the 4th of May 2009, Québec now offers a veteran motorcycle plate.

Alberta[edit]

In Alberta, 15,750 veteran licence plates have been issued since 2005.[4]

Appearance[edit]

Province/Territory Licence Plate Format Appearance
British Columbia 123VAB A red poppy superimposed onto a black and white photograph of a soldier on the left and the word "Veteran" on the top of the licence plate
Alberta VAB 123[clarification needed] A red poppy superimposed onto a red maple leaf on the left and the word "Veteran" at the bottom of the licence plate
Saskatchewan V1234 A red poppy superimposed onto a black and white photograph of a soldier's monument on the left and the word "Veteran" at the bottom of the licence plate
Manitoba VAB 123 A red poppy is in the middle of the gap between the alphanumeric and the word "Veteran" at the bottom of the licence plate
Ontario 1V2345 A red poppy and the word "Veteran" are on the left hand side of the licence plate
Quebec 001 PAA through 999 PCZ (normal format) A red poppy is in the middle of the gap between the alphanumeric
Nova Scotia ABC12 A Canadian flag on the left and the word "Veteran" at the bottom of the licence plate
New Brunswick WA123 A red poppy on the left and the word "Veteran" at the bottom of the licence plate
Prince Edward Island VT1 234 A red poppy superimposed onto the red maple leaf at the bottom left corner, a Canadian flag in the middle of the gap between the alphanumeric, and the word "Veteran" at the bottom of the licence plate
Newfoundland and Labrador ABC 123 (normal format) A Canadian flag and the word "Veteran" at the bottom of the licence plate. The HHB, HJL, HJM, HJN and HJO letter series are set aside for veteran plates.
Yukon 1234 A red poppy, the word "Veteran", and the phrase "Lest we forget" are on the right side of the licence plate
Northwest Territories VET 123 The border and the text of the licence plate is red (contrary to the normally blue licence plate)

Eligibility[edit]

The licence plates are available to those who served in wartime as a member of Canadian Forces, the Commonwealth of Nations, or its wartime allies for at least three years. People who served on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) missions, peacekeeping missions as members of the Canadian Forces or United Nations forces, or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are also eligible.[5] They need to provide a Canadian Forces Certificate of Service and a Canadian Forces Identification Card as proof of service. Those who have served three years (may still be serving) can also apply.

In Provinces where the Royal Canadian Legion oversees the eligibility for a veteran's plates (e.g. Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, etc...). a reserve members time served is calculated based on 'paid days of service'. In provinces where eligibility is not determined by the Royal Canadian Legion (e.g. British Columbia & Manitoba), the 'three years' is calculated based a former reserve members span of service.

In British Columbia, veterans who operate trucks, vans, and motorcycle are also eligible to obtain a veteran licence plate in that province.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b A. Knight. "Canada's Licence Plates". Retrieved 2007-11-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Ontario Honours Veterans". Government of Ontario. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2007-11-12. [dead link]
  3. ^ Jason Markusoff. "Albertans asked about licence plates". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Veteran Plate Eligibility Certification". Ministry of Transportation, Government of Ontario. 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Veterans' Licence Plate Program Expanded". Government of British Columbia. 2004-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-12.