Canada's Polymer Notes


Canada's colourful currency was transitioned to polymer notes in 2011. All five denominations share the same security features such as transparent areas, raised ink, and metallic images which are easy to verify and difficult to counterfeit. The new polymer notes are also the same colour and size as the previous paper notes in circulation.

Canadian paper notes will retain their face value forever. In time, the Bank of Canada will work with credit unions and banks to remove them from circulation. At this time, the Bank of Canada is actively removing $50 and $100 paper notes, while the $20, $10 and $5 notes will be removed from circulation gradually.

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