OTTAWA – The Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, will participate in a photo opportunity to unveil Canada’s new $20 polymer bank note on Wednesday, 2 May 2012.

The $20 bank note is the most circulated denomination in Canada. The new $20 polymer note pays tribute to the contributions and sacrifices of Canadian men and women in all military conflicts, and will feature an updated portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the front, and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on the back.

Time

12:15 (Eastern Time)

Distribution

A press release will be available at 12:15 (ET) on the Bank’s website.

Note

Photo Op: At 12:15 (Eastern Time), journalists, press photographers and TV crews are invited to attend a photo opportunity at the Bank of Canada’s head office on Wellington Street in Ottawa, located at 245 Sparks Street. Please use the East Tower entrance and be sure to have your press credentials with you. For security reasons, those wishing to attend must confirm by calling Jeremy Harrison at 613 782-8782 before 17:00 on Tuesday, 1 May 2012.

Note: No Q&A period with Governor Carney is scheduled.

Media Inquiries: Bank of Canada spokespeople in Ottawa and at the Bank’s regional offices across the country will be available to answer questions and show samples of the new $20 polymer bank notes. Please contact 613 782-8782 to schedule interviews.

Note to Editors: Media kits will be available on site, and will include an official press release, a new video about the $20 note, high-resolution images and other relevant information. Polymer series generic video B-roll will also be available. Please note that B-roll may also be downloaded.

Background: On the Polymer series
The Bank of Canada issued the $100 bank notes in November 2011, followed by the $50 note in March 2012.

The $20 note will be issued later this year and the remaining bank notes in the series will be issued by the end of 2013.