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.

Many details have yet to be worked out, but one certainty is that this polymer note will be broadly available by 1 July 2017. Details like the denomination, security features, the number of commemorative notes that will circulate, and the means to obtain them will be announced as the project progresses. 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 nationally representative survey methods will be considered as long as they take the following in to account.

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

Ideas gathered from the public questionnaire and through other research are now being reviewed. The Bank will also seek advice from other key stakeholders and subject-matter experts. A summary of the input received from Canadians through these various means will be made public at the end of the overall consultation period.

The designs proposed to the Minister of Finance will be those that best meet the criteria listed above. The Minister of Finance is responsible for approving any new bank note design in accordance with the Bank of Canada Act.