In accordance with the schedule of term purchase and resale agreement (PRA) auctions announced on 21 July (see schedule), the Bank of Canada announced today that it will conduct a term PRA operation as follows:

Amount Minimum
Bid Rate
Maximum
Bid Rate
Auction Date Settlement Date Term (Days) Maturity Date
$1 billion 0.250% 0.500% 31 August 2009 2 September 2009 169 18 February 2010

Primary Dealers (PDs) and eligible Large Value Transfer System (LVTS) participants are asked to submit their bids between 9:15 and 9:30 (ET) on the day of the auction to the Bank of Canada. The results of this operation will be announced on the Bank's web site at 10:30 (ET). Winning bidders must notify the Bank of Canada of the securities that will be used in the operation by 12:00 (ET) on the day of the auction.

The total amount of assets acquired through this term PRA operation will be announced on the Bank's web site on the settlement day by 16:45 (ET). This operation will also be reflected on the Bank of Canada's balance sheet.

Further details for this operation, including the eligible securities, are available in the Terms and Conditions for the PRA Facility.

The Bank will continue to provide additional term liquidity as long as conditions in financial markets warrant.

For further information, please contact:
Jeremy Harrison
613 782-8782