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British Columbia Veteran Licence Plates Program

Unveiling of the BC Military Veteran Licence Plates by then Premier Gordon Campbell and Lt Col. (Ret’d) Archie M. Steacy CD on 4 June 2004.

March 2024 Update – British Columbia Veterans Licence Plate Program

In January 2004 LtCol (Ret’d) Archie M. Steacy, CD UE (Army), President of the British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association and Ms. Sharel Fraser, Director General Canada Remembers Veterans Affairs Canada made representation to The Honourable Gordon Campbell, British Columbia Premier and The Honourable Rich Coleman, British Columbia Solicitor General, for the creation of a Veteran Specialty Licence Plate. It was envisioned this commemorative initiative would honour the service, sacrifice and valour of British Columbia’s Military Servicemen and Servicewomen while engaging public recognition and gratitude. The commemorative initiative was embraced without hesitation. The official program was publicly unveiled on 04 June 2004 in Victoria, British Columbia in tandem to honour and commemorate the Second World War’s 60th Anniversary of D-Day.

Since inception the British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association has been the sole authorizing agent for the Veteran Licence Plate Program on behalf of the Government of British Columbia and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

Original eligibility for the BC Veteran Licence Plate was based on the definition of a “Veteran” established by the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada in 2001 which read, “…any person who has served in the Canadian Forces, possesses a Military Occupational Classification (MOC) and who has been Honourable Discharged…”.

On September 1, 2012 the Government of British Columbia expanded the eligibility for a BC Veteran Licence Plate to include Canadian Forces Current Serving Members who hold trade qualifications. This remains in effect.

Applying for the BC Veteran License Plate Program:





  • Review all requirements carefully and follow instructions on the Application Form (fillable PDF), or DOCX.
  • Fill in and print Application Form.
  • Photocopy required Military documents.
  • Make a $10 cheque or money order payable to BCVCA.
  • Mail Application Form, copied Military documents and cheque or money order to the British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association, PO Box 4903 Stn Terminal, Vancouver, BC V6B 4A6.

Processing Application Forms

  • Timing depends on the efficiency of Canada Post.
  • Once received, BCVCA reviews forms and documents and makes a determination.
  • BCVCA’s turnaround time is approximately three days.
  • If approved, the Application Form will be stamped by BCVCA and returned by mail to the applicant with enclosed Military documents.
  • Once approved, you are approved for life, NO need to reapply.
  • Applicant takes a copy of the approval for his/her records.
  • Applicant takes approved Application Form to an Insurance Agent who will order the Plates.
  • Insurance Agent will contact applicant once the Plates are received in their office.
  • If not approved, the Application Form and Military documents will be returned to the applicant with an explanation.

For more information please contact BCVCA at (604) 770-3498.

Presentation of the award of the 30,000th licence plate, Nov 11th, 2008.

Sgt. Duncan Maillie, Minister Rich Coleman

10th Anniversary of Vets Lic Plate Prog – 2014. From L to R: Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Archie Steacy, Candice Corrola, Sgt. Duncan Maillie, Minister Rich Coleman, Attorney General Susan Anton.

National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


In 2002, the British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association (BCVCA) in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada (Pacific Region) commissioned the design of a scaled replica educational travelling exhibit of the National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The replica is designed to travel throughout BC. Community organizations wishing to have it on display should contact BCVCA by completing the request form/contract under the “downloads” section of this page.

Increasing calls for the display of our War Memorial replica have opened up a need for people to accompany it and provide information to school children, educators, and others who come to see it. Responsibilities will include packing, unpacking and inspecting the display, setting it up, explaining its significance, and disassembling and repacking the display.

Download the Replica Travelling Exhibit Form/Contract.

Replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier War Memorial 

Premier Gordon Campbell, Sharel Fraser, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Archie Steacy, Ted Hawthorne

Candlelight Tribute

The British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association (BCVCA) designed a Candlelight Tribute program to inspire Canadians to actively participate in Acts of Remembrance with Veterans and members of the Canadian Forces. A Candlelight Tribute is a commemorative ceremony where Veterans symbolically “pass the Torch of Remembrance” from one generation to the next. In accepting the “Torch of Remembrance” from the Veteran, the young Canadian acknowledges the responsibility to carry the legacy forward and honour the sacrifices of generations past.

Candlelight Tributes can be planned to suit the interests of the community, school, or youth group. Ceremonies can also be planned indoors or outdoors, as a special red candle has been designed for these commemorative events.

Communities are encouraged to involve young people in the planning of Candlelight Tributes. Their intuitive and inspired understanding of the importance of “Remembrance” will guide them in planning a Candlelight Tribute which is meaningful and memorable for their generation.

We are presently updating our order form, and it will return soon.

Laurie and Lola McGladdery Garden | Used with permission

Poppy Seed Program

The poppy is the sacred flower of Remembrance. BCVCA introduced the planting of Flanders poppy fields in BC Communities to provide an opportunity for community citizens, including youth, to plant Flanders poppies in Gardens of Remembrance in honour of members of their community who served and those who lost their lives in Canada’s Armed Forces during the Boer War, WWI, WWII, Korea, the Balkan Wars, and Afghanistan.

Download the Poppy Seed Order Form.

Commemoration Mandate

“We recognize, remember and honour those to whom we all look to in war for our security, those on whom our very security depends, and the centre of all things as long as hostilities continue, only to be forgotten and lapse into oblivion as hostilities cease.”

Our Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Members and Merchant Navy Sailors.

At the going down of the Sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

Original Watercolour © by S. A. Clements, circa 1895 | Used with permission

On Guard For Thee


Poppies Photo: Sharpened Derivative work of girl in the poppies by John Bunting | Licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Contact Information

British Columbia Veterans
Commemorative Association

P.O. Box 4903 Stn Terminal
Vancouver B.C., V6B 4A6

(604) 770-3498