Bank of Canada to Begin Circulating New $20 Polymer Bank Note

OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Bank of Canada will begin circulating the new $20 bill, Canada's most widely used bank note, on Wednesday, 7 November 2012.

A ceremony to officially issue the new $20 note, which pays tribute to the contributions and sacrifices of Canadian men and women in all military conflicts, and features the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on the back of the note, will be held at the Brigadier Angle Armoury.

Speaking at the event will be Lieutenant-Colonel Nigel Whittaker, Commanding Officer of The British Columbia Dragoons, and Mr. Trevor Frers, Senior Regional Representative - Currency, British Columbia and Yukon Regional Office, Bank of Canada

At the conclusion of the event, members of the media will have an opportunity to meet with Bank of Canada and National Defence representatives to find out more about the theme and the various security and durability features, and to purchase a new $20 polymer bank note.

Time: At 10:15 (PT)
   
Location:


Brigadier Angle Armoury
720 Lawrence Ave
Kelowna, BC
Please be sure to have your press accreditation with you.
   
Distribution: A press release will be available at 13:00 (ET) on the Bank's website
(http://www.bankofcanada.ca).
   
Note Exchange: The new $20 note will be available on-site for purchase by members
of the media. Only cash purchases will be accepted. There will be no
provisions for debit or credit transactions.
   
Note to Editors: Journalists will be provided with a media kit that will include
high-resolution images, an official press release and other relevant
information. Video B-roll will also be available. Please note that B-roll
may also be downloaded at the following site:
http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/audience-specific-resources/media/
   
Background:

 
On the Polymer series
The Bank of Canada issued the $100 bank note in November 2011,
followed by the $50 note in March 2012.The remaining bank notes in
the series, the $5 and $10 notes, will be unveiled and issued by the
end of 2013. Further details regarding timelines for the unveil and
issue of the $5 and $10 notes will be made available in the coming
months

 

SOURCE: Bank of Canada

For further information:

Jeremy Harrison
613 782-8782