Canadas to introduce polymer bank notes in November


Canada’s new polymer bank notes are now at centre stage for all to see. The curtain is drawn and, as is often the case, seeing is believing. This is a big change for Canadians, and it’s a positive change.

•  With their leading-edge security features, the polymer notes are more secure. They are both easy to check and hard to counterfeit.

• They are far more durable and economical than cotton-paper notes and are expected to last at least 2.5 times longer before needing to be replaced.

• They’re a first! The large transparent area combined with detailed metallic imagery has never been done before-on any country’s currency. The innovation of the notes themselves pairs well with the note themes which reflect Canada’s spirit of innovation.

• Polymer notes are also better for the environment. They will be recycled at the end of their life and have a reduced impact on the environment because they last longer than cotton-paper notes, and will be printed less frequently.

What’s on Canada’s new polymer notes?

While the $100 note focuses on medical innovation and Canada’s long-standing commitment to medical research, the $50 note features the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen, a research icebreaker. It supports environmental research and provides the world’s oceanographers, geologists and ecologists with unparalleled access to the North.

With all of this in mind, take a good long look and get to know your new money at

You have a bit of lead time. The $100 note will hit the street in November and the $50 note in March 2012. The idea behind unveiling the look of the notes now is to give Canadians time to familiarize themselves with their appearance and security features. The $20, followed by the $10 and $5 notes, will be issued by the end of 2013.

Visit and watch the video that takes you through the innovative security features and design of Canada’s new polymer note.