OTTAWA – Canada’s new $5 and $10 bank notes – the final notes in the Polymer series, will be unveiled during an official ceremony at the Bank of Canada’s head office in Ottawa on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 at 12:15 (Eastern Time).

Joining Governor Mark Carney to speak at the event will be Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Paul G. Smith, Chairman of the Board of VIA Rail Canada, and a representative from the Canadian Space Agency.

At the conclusion of the event, Minister Flaherty, Governor Carney, Mr. Smith and a Canadian Space Agency representative will participate in a photo opportunity with the new $5 and $10 polymer notes. Members of the media will also have an opportunity to meet with representatives from the Bank of Canada, VIA Rail Canada and the Canadian Space Agency to learn more about the themes, as well as the security and durability features, of the new bills.

Media wishing to attend the ceremony are asked to register with Jeremy Harrison by 29 April 2013 at 12:00 (noon) (ET) at 613 782-8782.

Time

The official unveiling ceremony will begin promptly at 12:15 ET on 30 April 2013. Media are asked to arrive well in advance of the ceremony start time in order to accommodate on-site registration and adequate set-up time for TV and still photographers.

Place

The event will take place at the Bank of Canada’s head office, located at 234 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Media are asked to use the East Tower entrance from either Wellington Street or Sparks Street.

Distribution

A press release and Governor Carney’s ceremony remarks will be available on site and on the Bank of Canada’s website at 12:15 ET.

Audience Q&A

Please note that no media Q&A period is scheduled with Governor Carney.

Webcast

Audio and video webcasts of the event will be accessible from the Bank’s website.

Note

Photo Op: At approximately 12:45 (ET), a photo opportunity featuring Minister Flaherty, Governor Carney, Paul G. Smith and a representative from the Canadian Space Agency with the new $5 and $10 polymer notes will be available for press photographers and TV cameras.

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 $5 and $10 polymer bank notes. Please contact 613 782-8782 or email communications@bankofcanada.ca to schedule interviews.

Note to Editors: Media kits will be available on site, and will include the official press release, 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 new $100 polymer bank note in November 2011, followed by the $50 note in March 2012 and the $20 note in November of 2012. The $5 and $10 notes will begin circulating by the end of 2013. Further information regarding the timeline for issuance of the $5 and $10 bank notes will be made available at the unveiling ceremony.