This section features reference materials, survey results and more to help journalists research and report on Canada’s bank notes.

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Reference Materials

Canada 150 Bank Note Design Fact Sheet

A summary of the design elements on the Canada 150 commemorative bank note.

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Canada 150 Bank Note Security Features Fact Sheet

A summary of the security features on the Canada 150 commemorative bank note.

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  1. Commemorative $20 Note Fact Sheet

  2. A summary of the security features in the commemorative $20 note.
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  4. Frontiers Series Leaflet

  5. Basic information on security features and tips for handling polymer notes.
  6. Frontiers Series Fact Sheets

  7. A summary of key information about the Frontiers series bank notes rolled into one handy document.
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Survey Results

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.

National Retailer Research Program (NRRP)

Monitors the counterfeit-deterrence practices of cash-handling businesses across Canada, and their willingness to accept bank notes of various denominations.