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Franco-Ontarian Licence Plate Launched

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Franco-Ontarian Licence Plate Launched

McGuinty Government Helps Celebrate Franco-Ontarian Heritage

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

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. 

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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“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



Government Francophones