This section features training materials to help retailers learn about Canadian bank notes and know how to deal with suspected counterfeit notes.

Train your Staff

Most counterfeits enter circulation at a retail point of sale. Polymer notes have leading-edge security features that are easy to check and hard to counterfeit, but they are effective only if you use them. Our free training materials can help you start out on the right track.

Polymer notes now make up the majority of notes in circulation. If you come across paper notes, you can facilitate their removal by bundling polymer and paper notes separately in your bank deposit.

The Bank provides free training seminars through its offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal and Halifax. These presentations can be customized to suit your organization's needs. Topics include bank note security features and what to do with a suspected counterfeit notes.

Duration: 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the content covered.

For more information, please call 1 800 303-1282.

Training 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.

Canada 150 Bank Note Security Features Fact Sheet

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

Version with printer’s marks for commercial printers

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Commemorative $20 Note Fact Sheet

A summary of the security features in the commemorative $20 note.

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  1. Employee Handbook

  2. For people who handle cash on the job, the complete guide to verifying bank notes.
  3. Download only
  4. Employee Handbook Quiz

  5. Download only
  6. Quiz Answer Key

  7. Download only
  8. Frontiers Series Leaflet

  9. Basic information on security features and tips for handling polymer notes.
  10. Canadian Journey Series Leaflet

  11. Basic information on the security features in the Canadian Journey series of bank notes.
  12. Download only
  13. Frontiers Series Security Features Poster

  14. This is a quick reference for staff, showing the security features in Canada’s Frontiers series bank notes
  15. Size: 12 x 18
  16. Frontiers Series Security Features Quick Reference Card

  17. Frontiers series security features at a glance.
  18. Know Your Money Leaflet (US Federal Reserve Notes)

  19. Comprehensive information on the security features of American bank notes.
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The Bank may contact the requestor prior to shipping to verify that certain audience-specific resources are destined for the right users.

Dealing with Suspicious Money

What to do if you suspect that you have been offered a counterfeit note during a transaction:

Assess the situation to ensure that you are not at risk. Then do the following:

  • Politely refuse the note and explain that you suspect it may be counterfeit.
  • Ask for another note (and check it too).
  • Advise the person to check the note with the local police.
  • Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.

Be courteous. Remember that the person in possession of the bill could be an innocent victim who does not realize that the note is suspicious.

What to do if you suspect that a note is counterfeit after a transaction:

  • Give it to the local police. If it’s real, you’ll get it back.

It is a criminal offence to knowingly pass counterfeit money.


RCMP Request for Analysis of Non-Court File Submissions

This RCMP form should be used by:
  • financial institutions and retailers to submit suspected counterfeit notes to their local police and
  • police agencies to submit suspected counterfeit notes to the RCMP’s National Anti-Counterfeiting Bureau


This newsletter is intended to keep businesses informed of important updates to Canadian bank notes.

Canada 150 Bank Note – June 2017
A Commemorative $10 Bank Note – April 2017
Is she bankNOTEable? – March 2016

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, identify potential issues or opportunities, and adapt its programs, tools and services, as needed.

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.