After less than eight weeks on the market, 10,000 B.C. parks licence plates have been sold.
The Government of B.C. announced the milestone achievement on Sunday.
"It's great to reach 10,000 plates so soon," said Environment Minister Mary Polak, "I'm thrilled to see so many British Columbians expressing their pride and support for BC Parks through the purchase of their very own BC Parks license plates. It's such a milestone to reach 10,000 plates, which only shows how passionate people are about our parks. All of the net proceeds from the license plate sales will be re-invested right back into our world-renowned provincial parks, to help preserve and protect these magnificent natural spaces for future generations to enjoy."
There are currently three licence plate designs on sale: one exhibits a Kermode bear that's only found in B.C., another depicts the snow-capped Purcell Mountains and the third shows a view from Porteau Cove overlooking Howe Sound.
The specialty plates, which are available for an initial cost of $50 and an annual renewal fee of $40, were introduced by the Province in partnership with ICBC in January as part of the B.C. Parks Future Strategy.
According to a news release from the ministry of Environment and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the licence plates allow British Columbians to show their support and contribute extra money to the maintenance of provincial parks.
"The licence plates allow motorists to show their support, while ensuring BC Parks has additional funds to invest in new programs and improvements, read the news release from the Government of B.C. "All net proceeds from the sale and ongoing renewals of BC Parks licence plates are re-invested back into provincial parks through the Park Enhancement Fund, a transparent account where revenues enhance programs or services in provincial parks beyond the core services provided by government."
The Province estimates that roughly $150,000 will go toward the Park Enhancement Fund as a result of current plate sales.
Each year, B.C.'s provincial parks receive more than 23 million visits. The Province has invested approximately $60 million in park facilities over the past five years to encourage projects directed at attracting more visitors.