Veterans' Parking Program

 

Note: To gain the most benefit from the program, please ensure that all Veterans credits are used by December 30, 2014.

 

In November 2012, City Council passed a recommendation to trial a Veterans’ Parking Program. This program offers veterans who have a valid Alberta registered veterans' license plate a $10 per month courtesy credit for on-street parking beginning December 1, 2012. The parking credit is non-cumulative from year to year and is not refundable. This program enables the City of Calgary and the Calgary Parking Authority to recognize veterans for their contribution to creating our great city.

Please note: Once you sign up for the Veterans' Parking Program, a lump sum will be deposited into your account based on the month you enroll in the program.

Because the parking credits for this program are not cumulative from year to year, any remaining credits that are not used by December 30 will be removed from the respective cell phone accounts on December 31. In order to receive the full benefit from your parking credits, please ensure that you use them before December 30.

The Veteran's Parking Program will continue in 2015, and you will continue to receive your $10 monthly parking credits. The credits will automatically be deposited into your cell phone account in a lump sum based on the month you enrolled in the program.

How the Program Works

Veterans with a valid registered veterans' license plate can receive complimentary parking credits up to $10 per month per veterans' license plate.

Veterans who sign up for a ParkPlus cell phone account will be automatically credited with $10 per month per veterans' license plate. To be enrolled in the program and have the parking credit loaded into their accounts, veterans must send an email to parkplusadmin@calgaryparking.com indicating they would like to sign up for the program.

Click here to view our Veterans' Parking Program Brochure.

Eligibility Requirements

Customers who qualify for this program are veterans with a valid Alberta veterans’ license plate AND veterans without a Alberta veterans’ license plate who meet the following eligibility requirements:

An Alberta resident who has been Honourably discharged or are still serving after three years (1095 days) paid service:

A. In WWII, the Korean War, or Gulf War as a member of:

  • The Canadian Forces, Reserve Force,
  • an Allied Force,
  • the Canadian or Allied Merchant Navy, or
  • the Ferry Command

B. As a member of the Canadian Forces and has served a minimum of 3 (three) years paid service (1095 Days) and may still be serving:

C. In United Nations or NATO Operations as a member of:

  • The Canadian Forces, or Reserve Force
  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
  • Other Canadian police forces, or
  • an Allied Force.

For veterans without a Alberta veterans’ license plate, we will need some documentation or proof to be eligible in this program.* Accepted documentation includes:

  • Canadian Forces Discharge Certificate
  • Allied Forces Discharge Certificate or Certificate of Service
  • Canadian or Allied Merchant Navy Service Record Book
  • Canadian Forces Certificate of Service (both sides)
  • A letter from the RCMP Commanding Officer certifying the Veteran's service in a United Nations or NATO Operation.

*Please note: Proof of vehicle ownership must be provided for each vehicle being claimed under this program.

ParkPlus Cell Phone Accounts

For veteran’s who do not currently have a ParkPlus cell phone account, simply go to www.parkplus.ca and click on “Create an Account” to get started. You can also contact ParkPlus for assistance in creating your account by calling 403-537-7275, emailing parkplusadmin@calgaryparking.com or dropping by our office at 620 – 9 Ave SW to receive assistance in person.

Once you’ve signed up for an online account, paying for your parking with your cell phone is easy. There are three ways to use your cell phone to pay for your parking: 

1. Call ParkPlus at 403-537-7275 and listen to the voice prompts to activate and deactivate a parking session.

2. Use Text to Park by texting the ParkPlus zone number you’re parked in, as well as the words "start" and "end" to short code 77587.

3. Download the free MyParking app for the iPhone to start and stop a parking session from within the app.

Learn more about ParkPlus cell phone accounts and their benefits here.

For veterans who do not have a cell phone, please contact our office at 403-537-7000 or email improveservice@calgaryparking.com for more information.

 

Supporting our Veterans

 

The Calgary Parking Authority is proud to support Canadian veterans. Throughout the year we do our best to say thank you for their sacrifices in a variety of ways. In November 2012, we launched the Veterans' Parking Program that provides veterans, with a valid Alberta registered veterans' licence plate, a $10 per month courtesy credit for on-street parking. These monthly credits are deposited into a veterans' ParkPlus cell phone account, in a lump sum for the year ($120 if registered at the beginning of the year).

Veterans without an Alberta veterans' licence plate can also receive this parking credit by providing supporting documentation of their service. Information on how to do this can be found in the section above.

 We want to grow the Veterans' Parking Program and to do this we need your help. If you know a veteran living in Calgary or are a veteran yourself, please share this information and register yourself to participate. The information above outlines what you need to do to register.

 In an effort to spread the word about the Veteran's Parking Program, we've advertised in Legion Magazine; perhaps you've seen us!

On Rembrance Day, when we gather to pay respect to our fallen soldiers and thank our serving Canadian Forces members, the Calgary Parking Authority provides complimentary parking in its facilities. This is our way of saying thank you and encouraging residents to gather downtown on this important day. Often, people view parking as a hindrance, so we've removed the cost in an effort to encourage us to be together as a community.

At the Calgary Parking Authority veterans play a big role in what we do. We work exclusively with the Corps of Commissionaires who provide parking enforcement services to the city on our behalf. We are proud of this relationship and honoured to have them as a part of our team.

In 2013, we provided a feature to our customers that allowed you to make a financial contribution to the Veteran's Food Bank at any of our pay machines or by using a ParkPlus cell phone account. This year we are moving away from this as, unfortunately, it wasn't as effective as we had hoped it would be for the Veteran's Food Bank. Instead, we will be sharing information on how to donate directly to the fund using our website and social media channels.

If you would like to make a financial donation to the Calgary Veteran's Food Bank you can do so online by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions or would like to contact us regarding one of these initiatives please contact our Public Relations Advisor at 403-537-7000 or by emailing improveservice@calgaryparking.com.