Nova Scotia unveils Gaelic licence plate, as it seeks to expand language

Nova Scotia is getting a new Gaelic licence plate, part of the provincial government's effort to expand use of the language.

Randy Delorey, minister of Gaelic Affairs, revealed the new licence plate at a ceremony today to mark the 22nd annual Gaelic Nova Scotia Month.

The plate, which includes the province's Gaelic name, Alba Nuadh, will be made available for purchase later in May, with proceeds going to Gaelic language and culture initiatives.

It's part of Gaelic Affairs of Nova Scotia's effort to raise cultural awareness and the number of Gaelic speakers in the province, said David Rankin, president of the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia.

The province says an estimated 2,000 people speak Gaelic in Nova Scotia, where about 230,000 people are descendants of Gaelic settlers.