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 tool to help raise awareness about the issue of the vertical $10 note
Canada 150 Bank Note Design Fact Sheet
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.
Basic information on the security features in the Canadian Journey series of bank notes.
A summary of key information about Frontiers series polymer bank notes rolled into one handy document.
The Bank of Canada offers free, postage-paid materials, but reserves the right to limit quantities.
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