This section features materials to help you get to know the new polymer bank notes and learn how to verify their security features.

Expect the Check

What if a retail clerk refused to take your $20 bill, thinking that it was a counterfeit? You’d probably feel embarrassed.

But you shouldn’t be offended. That clerk actually did you - and all of us - a favour. Routinely checking the security features of all notes protects everyone. It allows businesses to intercept counterfeit notes and keep them out of the cash flow and out of your change.

Print Materials to Download and/or Order

Canada 150 Bank Note Design Fact Sheet

A summary of the design elements on the Canada 150 commemorative bank note.

Version with printer’s marks for commercial printers

Download only

Canada 150 Bank Note Security Features Fact Sheet

A summary of the security features on the Canada 150 commemorative bank note.

Version with printer’s marks for commercial printers

Download only

Canada 150 Bank Note Learning Activities

Activities suitable for children ages 7 and up to learn about the Canada 150 bank note. These can be used in the classroom or on your own.

Explore the design of the Canada 150 bank note with the Can you find me? activity

Build a chatterbox and quiz your friends

Commemorative $20 Note Fact Sheet

A summary of the security features in the commemorative $20 note.

Download only

  1. Polymer Series Leaflet

  2. Basic information on security features and tips for handling new polymer notes.
  3. Canadian Journey Series Leaflet

  4. Basic information on the security features in the Canadian Journey series of bank notes.
  5. Download only
  6. Polymer Series Fact Sheets

  7. A summary of key information about the new polymer bank notes rolled into one handy document.
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Articles on a variety of topics which tell the story of our Canadian bank notes.

March 2014 - Paying with cash? Watch for the built-in security

December 2013 - Check Your Notes This Holiday Shopping Season

November 2013 - New $5s and $10s round out the series

October 2013 - Canada’s new $5 and $10 notes - coming on 7 November

September 2013 - Teaching Fraud Prevention in Schools

September 2013 (special edition) - The new $5s and $10s are coming - is your business ready?

May 2013 - Last Two Bank Notes of Polymer Series Unveiled

February 2013 – New Look, New Feel: Your New Bank Notes

November 2012 - Shiny, modern and smooth: our new polymer bank notes

September/October 2012 – Phasing the $20 Polymer Notes into Your Wallet

August 2012 - Canada’s New Polymer $20 Note - A Means to Remember

June 2012 - Don Your Red, White . . . and Green?

June 2012 (special edition) - Is Your Business Ready for Polymer Notes?

April/May 2012 - Introducing Canada’s Polymer $20 Note

March 2012 - Here Comes the New Polymer $50 Note

January 2012 - Polymer Notes—A Green News Story

December 2011 - Be Cash Aware this Holiday Shopping Season

November 2011 - Canada’s First Polymer Bank Note—See and Feel It for Yourself

October 2011 - How Money Flows—Distributing Canada’s Polymer Bank Notes

September 2011 - A Print Job Like No Other—Producing Canada’s Polymer Bank Notes

August 2011 - Uniquely Canadian—Designing Canada’s Polymer Bank Notes

July 2011 - Leading the Charge—Researching and Developing Canada’s Polymer Bank Notes

June 2011 - Introducing Canada’s New Polymer Notes

May 2011 - Raising the Curtain on Canada’s New Polymer Notes

April 2011 - Change for the Better—Canada’s New Polymer Notes

March 2011 - A Little Fraud Awareness Goes a Long Way

February 2011 - Where Money Talks—Canada’s Currency Museum

January 2011 - New Year’s Resolutions that Aren’t Phony

December 2010 - Funny Money and Holiday Shopping—No Laughing Matter

November 2010 - The Currency Journey: How Your Money Travels

October 2010 - More Than Meets the Eye

September 2010 - The Many Faces of Canada’s Currency

July 2010 - Out with the Old, In with the New

June 2010 - Keeping It Real

Survey Results

The Bank regularly surveys Canadian businesses and citizens to better understand how and why cash is used by assessing awareness, attitudes, and behaviours with respect to bank notes.

Survey results allow the Bank to monitor its progress, to identify potential issues or opportunities, and to adapt its programs, tools, and services as needed.

Polymer Series: Awareness Survey

This survey aims to measure Canadians’ awareness of the new series of polymer bank notes. Respondents were asked if they recalled hearing of any upcoming changes to Canadian bank notes, and if so, where they first heard of the polymer bank notes.

Bank Note Confidence Index

Examines Canadians’ attitudes towards bank notes and the use of cash. Four key questions quantify perceptions of bank note security and attitudes towards counterfeiting.