In September and October 2003, officials from the Department of Finance and the Bank of Canada consulted with market participants on issues specific to the Real Return Bond (RRB) program. Comments received will be taken into consideration in the development of the debt strategy for 2004/05. To allow for comments from a broader range of participants, the Summer 2003 Consultations document was made available on the Bank of Canada's Web site. Today, a Summary of Comments received is being made public on the Bank's Web site.

The summary document reports the views of market participants on questions related to the RRB program.

The Bank of Canada and the Department of Finance would like to thank market participants for the comments they provided during the consultation process.

For further information, please contact:

Nigel Stevens
Chief
Financial Markets Division
Department of Finance
613 943-1944
stephens.nigel@fin.gc.ca
Marc Pellerin
Principal
Debt Management and Settlement Systems
Bank of Canada
613 782-8429
mpellerin@bankofcanada.ca