Franco-Ontarian Licence Plate Launched

    McGuinty Government Helps Celebrate Franco-Ontarian Heritage

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ -


    Ontario residents may now proudly display the official Franco-Ontarian
emblem on their French-language licence plates.
    The new graphic licence plate is available at Driver and Vehicle Licence
Issuing Offices and ServiceOntario locations across the province. A standard
fee of $77.75 will apply for those who wish to purchase the new custom plate.
    Licence plates with the Franco-Ontarian flag have been around since June
2003, but only with the English slogan, 'Yours to discover'. In May 2008, the
French slogan 'Tant à découvrir' was introduced on standard plates. Today's
announcement makes it possible to combine both the illustration of the flag
and the French slogan.


    "All Ontarians can now show their pride in our province's Francophone
heritage by displaying the Franco-Ontarian emblem on an all-French licence
plate. This is just one of the many steps our government is taking to
recognize the importance of Ontario's Francophone community."
    - Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.


    -   More than 580,000 Francophones live in Ontario - the largest French-
        speaking community in Canada outside Quebec.
    -   Requirements for a motor vehicle to display a licence plate started
        in 1903, under the Highway Traffic Act.


    Learn more about Ontario's francophone community

    Find out how to add some personality to your licence plate

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Thomas Chanzy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-5211; Charles Jean Sucsan, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4968

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