BC Parks has generated $2.3 million to go towards the protection and preservation of B.C.’s provincial parks thanks to the sales of specialty licence plates.
On Monday, George Heyman, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy, praised British Columbians’ passion for their parks and says sales of the specialty plates have far exceeded the ministry’s expectations.
“I encourage B.C. motorists to continue to support the licence plate program, so we can keep investing in additional programs and projects that will preserve and improve our natural spaces,” he said.
The plates are a partnership between ICBC and the province, and feature three unique designs: the Kermode bear, an elusive white version of black bear found on B.C.’s coast, the Purcell Mountains, which symbolize the province’s interior region, and Porteau Cove, overlooking Howe Sound.
BC Parks has sold 100,000 plates so far. The Kermode bear design has been the most popular with 36,936 plates sold, followed by the Purcell Mountains (35,030 sales), and Porteau Cove (29,102).
Money generated from the licence plates will go towards multiple protection and preservation initiatives, including the Student Ranger Program and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation’s GO Grants Program.
ICBC expects to sell even more specialty plates once they’re made available for fleet customers this summer.