This section features training materials to help retailers learn about Canadian bank notes and know how to deal with suspected counterfeit notes. Polymer bank notes are a good change for your business. They are more secure, more durable, and easy to check.

Train your Staff

Most counterfeits enter circulation at a retail point of sale. Polymer notes have leading-edge security features that are easy to check and hard to counterfeit, but they are effective only if you use them. Our free materials and training program can help you start out on the right track.

The Bank is working to remove paper notes from circulation. You can facilitate the removal of paper notes by:

  1. keeping polymer and paper notes separated in your tills (e.g., polymer notes on top and paper notes below in the same compartment);
  2. bundling polymer and paper notes separately in your bank deposit.

The Bank provides free training seminars and webinars (web-based seminars) through its offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal and Halifax. These presentations can be customized to suit your organization's needs. Topics include bank note security features, what to do with a suspected counterfeit, and how to handle polymer notes.

Duration: 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the content covered.

For more information, please call 1 800 303-1282.

Training Materials to Download and/or Order

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

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Canada 150 Bank Note Poster

Announces the availability of Canada 150 notes at financial institutions in June 2017

Available in two sizes: 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17

Versions with printer’s marks for commercial printers: 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17

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Commemorative $20 Note Fact Sheet

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

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  1. Employee Handbook

  2. For people who handle cash on the job, the complete guide to verifying bank notes.
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  4. Employee Handbook Quiz

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  6. Quiz Answer Key

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  8. Polymer Series Leaflet

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

  11. Basic information on the security features in the Canadian Journey series of bank notes.
  12. Download only
  13. Polymer Series Security Features Poster

  14. This is a quick reference for staff, showing the security features in Canada’s Polymer series bank notes
  15. Size: 12 x 18
  16. Polymer Series Security Features Quick Reference Card

  17. Polymer series security features at a glance.
  18. Cash-handler Kit

  19. This kit contains most of our printed materials on verifying bank notes and is designed for managers of people who handle cash on the job. It also includes information on U.S. bank notes.
  20. Know Your Money Leaflet (US Federal Reserve Notes)

  21. Comprehensive information on the security features of American bank notes.
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Dealing with Suspicious Money

What to do if you suspect that you have been offered a counterfeit note during a transaction:

Assess the situation to ensure that you are not at risk. Then do the following:

  • Politely refuse the note and explain that you suspect it may be counterfeit.
  • Ask for another note (and check it too).
  • Advise the person to check the note with the local police.
  • Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.

Be courteous. Remember that the person in possession of the bill could be an innocent victim who does not realize that the note is suspicious.

What to do if you suspect that a note is counterfeit after a transaction:

  • Give it to the local police. If it’s real, you’ll get it back.

It is a criminal offence to knowingly pass counterfeit money.


Suspected Counterfeit Bank Notes and Forged Payment Cards

This RCMP form should be used by:
  • financial institutions and retailers to submit suspected counterfeit notes to their local police and
  • police agencies to submit suspected counterfeit notes to the RCMP’s National Anti-Counterfeiting Bureau

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, identify potential issues or opportunities, and adapt its programs, tools and services, as needed.

National Retailer Research Program (NRRP)

Monitors the counterfeit-deterrence practices of cash-handling businesses across Canada, and their willingness to accept bank notes of various denominations.