This section features useful tools to help you get to know Canada's 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. In fact, the clerk 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.
Materials to Download and/or Order
Please note: In efforts to be more environmentally friendly, there are now fewer printed materials available for order from the Bank’s website. Feel free to download our materials and review the content online.
A summary of the design elements on the Canada 150 commemorative bank note.
A summary of the security features on the Canada 150 commemorative bank note.
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
A summary of the security features in the commemorative $20 note.
The Bank of Canada offers free, postage-paid materials, but reserves the right to limit quantities.
The Bank may contact the requestor prior to shipping to verify that certain audience-specific resources are destined for the right users.
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.
Frontiers Series: Awareness Survey
This survey measured Canadians’ awareness of the polymer bank notes in 2011-12. 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.