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Nunavut Licence Plate Design Contest

03 August 2011

IQALUIT, Nunavut (August 3, 2011) – Nunavummiut are encouraged to tap into their creativity and enter a contest to design the territory’s new licence plate.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for someone to become famous,” said Minister of Economic Development & Transportation Peter Taptuna. “Not only do you have a chance to win $1,500, you also have an opportunity to be known as the person who designed Nunavut’s first original licence plate.”

In 1999 Nunavut adopted the same polar bear licence plate used in the Northwest Territories. The Government of the Northwest Territories owns the copyright and is making some changes to its licence plate and therefore Nunavut must design a new one.

“I encourage you to be creative,” added Minister Taptuna. “Our polar bear licence plate was very popular because of its shape. This new licence plate could take on a unique form as well.” 

A committee of Government of Nunavut employees and selected members of the art community will judge all submissions. The top four will be submitted to Cabinet of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly for the final judging.

Each of the four finalists will receive $500 for their design and if Cabinet selects one to use, the designer will receive an additional $1,000. All submissions become property of the Government of Nunavut. Some changes to the winning design may be made before production.

Please visit for the rules, application form and template to use to create your design. 

Send your artwork to or to: Design Our Licence Plate Contest, Department of Economic Development & Transportation, P.O. Box 1000, Station. 1500, Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0 or deliver it to the Department of Economic Development & Transportation office in the blue building in Inuksugait Plaza.

The contest closes August 26, 2011. 


Media contact: 

Matthew Illaszewicz

Manager, Communications

Department of Economic Development & Transportation

(867) 975-7818