As announced in the Debt Management Strategy 2009-2010, the Department of Finance and the Bank of Canada are seeking the views of government securities distributors, institutional investors, and other interested parties on issues relating to the implementation of the Government of Canada domestic debt program for 2009/10.

Specifically, views are requested on the reintroduction of a 3-year bond maturity, the potential for additional benchmarks in the 2- and 5-year sectors, and the possible return to weekly treasury bill auctions.

An update to the Debt Management Strategy 2009-10 will be released on the Department of Finance website, in conjunction with the next Quarterly Bond Schedule.

Comments can also be emailed before 27 February 2009 to consultations@bankofcanada.ca.

For further information, please contact:

Marc Larson
Assistant Director
Funds Management and Banking Department
Bank of Canada
613 782-7836

Marie-Josée Lambert
Chief, Debt Management Policy
Financial Markets Division
Department of Finance
613 992-6116