Statistics pertaining to counterfeit Canadian bank notes (formerly B4)

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Note: As of April 26th, 2019, the Bank of Canada will no longer publish the quarterly series for counterfeit bank notes. Additionally, the totals in each denomination will be altered to reflect only the sum of the note designs which are currently listed on the web page.

On this page you can graph the annual data, download annual data and view the latest annual data. See the notes for this table for metadata and background information.

Passed counterfeit notes: Counterfeit notes seized by law enforcement: Data will be published annually in the second quarter.

Annual Series

Annual20142015201620172018
Number of counterfeits detected in circulation, excluding $1, $2, and $1000 notes62,36616,42017,49422,78933,405
Counterfeit value excluding $1, $2, and $1000 notes (thousands of dollars)2,4326458941,2221,870
Total average count of notes in circulation (millions), excluding $1, $2, and $1000 notes1,7381,8421,9422,0502,138
Counterfeits seized by police, excluding $1, $2, and $1000 notes13,95843
Number of counterfeit notes detected in circulation by denomination
Total $56521,6487881,6633,345
$5 (1986 design)131194383148
$5 (2002 design)2551,2181238348
$5 (2006 design)2341851915260
$5 (2013 design)32514361,4973,189
Total $101,4199581,3871,1121,466
$10 (1989 design)35318830513593
$10 (2001 design)743568505492467
$10 (2005 design)3211563517269
$10 (2013 design)246226413837
Total $2043,8868,5536,2515,9598,601
$20 (1991 design)1,9979528841,1241,121
$20 (2004 design)41,6396,8384,0742,1352,607
$20 (2012 design)2507631,2912,6824,864
$20 (2015 design) 2189
Total $501,2021,0912,8195,7905,776
$50 (1975 design)161619146122
$50 (1988 design)346139126106362
$50 (2004 design)726245249100124
$50 (2012 design)1146912,4255,4385,168
Total $10014,6573,9836,0577,85613,682
$100 (1975 design)584461,4327981,248
$100 (1988 design)10,1641,8091,460356284
$100 (2004 design)4,2251,3381,071598542
$100 (2011 design)2103902,0946,10411,608