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Tips on handling polymer notes

Polymer notes feel different than paper notes but they are just as easy to use.

New polymer notes will be a common sight for the next few years as they replace their paper counterparts. Brand new polymer notes, just like the paper notes that preceded them, may stick together at first. This tendency will disappear as the notes circulate.

  • Just handed several brand new notes? To separate them, quickly fan them, tap them against a hard surface, shuffle them, or snap two notes together.
Handling Polymer Notes
  • When counting, hold the notes in one hand and use your thumb to push the top bill into your other hand.
  • Wipe soiled notes with a damp cloth.
  • Dry wet notes with a towel.
  • Repair torn notes with tape and use them again. They will be removed from circulation when they are returned to the Bank of Canada.

To help the notes last longer:

  • Avoid creasing, crumpling, folding or stapling them.
  • Flatten crumpled or creased notes by applying pressure to them or curling them in your hand.