News release

French-language Licence Plate Consultation Begins

All Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to celebrate the Acadian and francophone culture in the province with an optional French-language licence plate.

The province is gathering feedback for the initiative with a survey. It asks Nova Scotians to select one of four Acadian-themed licence plate designs and for thoughts on a possible donation fee, which would be used to support the long-term development of the Acadian and francophone community. The survey will be open until July 24.

"This consultation will allow us to develop a new plate that reflects Nova Scotia's proud Acadian heritage," said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "This is a great opportunity to highlight Nova Scotia's cultural diversity."
"Acadians and francophones are proud of their heritage and this new licence plate will allow them to demonstrate pride and promote their culture," said Graham Steele, Minister of Acadian Affairs. "I encourage all Nova Scotians to take part in this public consultation."

The survey results will help the province select a final design and determine if a donation fee will be implemented and how the fee might be used.

The new licence plate will be issued, by request, to passenger and light commercial vehicles up to 5,000 kilograms. Standard registration fees will apply.

The final design will be unveiled later this summer along with details on cost and availability.

Nova Scotians can complete the online survey or download a copy in English or French by visiting www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr . A copy will also appear in Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse until July 21st. For more information, call toll free 1-800-898-7668.

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All Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to celebrate the Acadian and francophone culture in the province with an optional French-language licence plate.

The province is encouraging Nova Scotians to participate in a public consultation by completing a survey.

The survey asks for input on four Acadian-themed licence plate designs and a possible donation fee that could help support development in the Acadian and francophone community.

The survey is available at w-w-w dot g-o-v dot n-s dot c-a forward slash s-n-s-m-r.

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