The Bank invites Canadians to propose ideas for a commemorative bank note. The Bank of Canada has announced that it will develop and issue a commemorative bank note in 2017 to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Since its inception, the Bank of Canada has issued three other commemorative bank notes.

This polymer $10 note will be broadly available by 1 July 2017. The design of the commemorative note has now been finalized and further details including the security features, the number of commemorative notes that will circulate, and the means to obtain them will be announced when the note is unveiled in early 2017. Stay tuned for updates.

In keeping with the Bank’s design principles, we asked Canadians to suggest ideas for subject matter and images for this commemorative note marking our country’s 150th. The Bank offered all Canadians the opportunity to contribute ideas via an online questionnaire from 5 December 2014 to 8 January 2015. Suggestions collected through this questionnaire and other survey methods were considered as long as they took the following in to account.

  • They adhered to our principles for bank note design.
  • They represented the specific theme for this special note – the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Over 1,400 Canadians provided input through this online questionnaire. In addition, 3,700 Canadians participated in other nationally-representative surveys. A summary of the input received from Canadians through these various means will be made public when the note is unveiled.

The subject matter and images favoured by Canadians and which best met the above criteria informed the Bank's recommendations to the Minister of Finance. Ultimately, the Minister is responsible for approving any new bank note design in accordance with the Bank of Canada Act.