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The Ontario Project

What is the Ontario Project?

The Ontario Project is a quest to take pictures of Ontario license plates on the roads! The objective is to capture one of each major letter series (A, B, C, etc.) in the passenger and commercial series, and to capture as many non-passenger plate types as possible.

Why are you doing this?

Since coming to Ontario for graduate school, I've been fascinated by the license plates of the province's vehicles. Ontario has not had a general plate reissue for passenger cars since 1973...and as a result, more than 40 years of history may be observed on highways and in parking lots. No Canadian province or territory (and only four U.S. states, including Oregon) has lapsed longer without a replate, and no other province or territory matches Ontario's breadth in plate types and registrations.

Is it "license plate" or "licence plate?"

Most official sources in Canada (such as the Ministry of Transportation) use "licence plate" with some consistency. Most Canadian collectors, however, seem content with the "license plate" spelling. When Joseph Sallmen wrote and edited the most comprehensive reference book on the topic, he titled it with an S.

Maybe we should be like the Brits and call them number plates, side-stepping the issue entirely. :P

Enough about spelling! What are some rules?

I'm not yet interested in submissions, because for now this is strictly a personal challenge to see how many letter series I can capture on the road. I may be eventually, though!

Show me some pictures!

Passenger and Passenger-Related Types

[Ontario C]

From the original allocation in 1973.

[Ontario H]

[Ontario K]

[Ontario L]

Collection

[Ontario N]

Collection

[Ontario S]

Collection

[Ontario T]

[Ontario T]

[Ontario X]

Collection

[Ontario B]

[Ontario D]

[Ontario N]

[Ontario T]

[Ontario T]

[Ontario X]

[Ontario Z]

[Ontario AA]

[Ontario AR]

[Ontario AX]

[Ontario BB]

[Ontario BL]

[Ontario BS]

[Ontario BV]

[Ontario BW]

[Ontario BX]

[Ontario CA]

[Ontario CA]

[Ontario CA]

[Ontario CA]

[Ontario CC]

[Ontario personalized]

[Ontario personalized]

[Ontario GV]

[Ontario GV]

Commercial (Truck, Bus, Farm)

[Ontario C truck]

Collection

[Ontario C truck]

From the original allocation in 1980.

[Ontario K truck]

[Ontario T truck]

[Ontario bus]

[Ontario bus]

[Ontario farm]

[Ontario K truck]

[Ontario T truck]

[Ontario W truck]

[Ontario Y truck]

[Ontario AJ truck]

[Ontario AS truck]

Trailer

[Ontario H trailer]

Collection

[Ontario N trailer]

[Ontario P trailer]

Motorcycle and Moped

[Ontario E moped]

Collection

[Ontario O motorcycle]

Collection

[Ontario F motorcycle]

[Ontario L motorcycle]

[Ontario C motorcycle]

[Ontario F motorcycle]

[Ontario H motorcycle]


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