The Support Our Troops licence plate, which gives Albertans a new way to show their respect and appreciation for Canada’s brave service men and women, is available for purchase now (the plates went on sale July 23rd).
The new plate will be available for a one-time fee of $75, in addition to regular registration fees, at registry agents across the province. From each sale of the plate, $55 will go to the Support Our Troops Program, administered by the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, to help current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families in Alberta. The remainder of the funds will cover the cost to produce and distribute the plate.
“Albertans appreciate the dedication and sacrifice of Canada’s service men and women who put their lives on the line as they stand up for the rights and freedoms of Canadians and people around the world. Now Albertans have another way to show their support for this important work, by purchasing one of these licence plates.”
~ Doug Griffiths, Minister of Service Alberta
“As Albertans, we are humbled by the contributions of current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Government of Alberta is honoured to offer this new licence plate as a way to demonstrate our appreciation and, through the Support Our Troops Program, give back to Alberta’s men and women in uniform and their families.”
~ Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture
The new design bears artwork titled ‘Fallen Comrades of the PPCLI’, which pays tribute to the first four soldiers, all members of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Alberta, who died during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. The design also includes the symbolic Yellow Ribbon.
“This commemorative licence plate will be an important source of support for the military community in Alberta. The funds from this initiative will help meet the extraordinary and unique needs of military members and their families.”
Commodore Mark Watson, Director General at Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
The Support Our Troops plate complements Alberta’s veterans’ plates, which feature a poppy in honour of former and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces. About 24,000 veterans’ plates have been issued since the program began in February 2005.
Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources to ensure we’re able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.