OTTAWA, March 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney today
officially announced the new $50 polymer bank note's entry into
circulation, during an event at the Canadian Coast Guard's Québec port
facility. These new notes will be available at financial institutions
from coast to coast to coast starting today.
Governor Carney was joined at the event by Shelly Glover, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Finance; Marc Grégoire, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard; and Louis Fortier, Scientific Director of ArcticNet.
The front of the new $50 note features a portrait of Sir William Lyon
Mackenzie King, while the back depicts the Arctic research icebreaker
CCGS Amundsen, in port during the ceremony, as well as other imagery that reflects
Canada's commitment to Arctic research and the development and
protection of northern communities. Most importantly, the new $50 bill,
like the rest of the polymer series, features a unique combination of
state-of-the-art security features, making them the most secure bank
notes ever issued in Canada.
"Just as the work of scientists on the Amundsen is expanding the frontiers of Arctic research, this new polymer series
is expanding the frontiers of bank note technology," said Governor
The Governor encouraged Canadians to familiarize themselves with these
new features, the most prominent of which are two transparent areas:
one that extends from the top to the bottom of the note and contains
complex holographic features, and the other in the shape of a maple
"Counterfeiting rates have been reduced by 90 per cent since 2004.
Issuing this new series of bank notes enables us to continue to stay
ahead of counterfeiters," Governor Carney said. "And by regularly
checking the leading-edge security features on these new notes,
Canadians can help protect themselves from counterfeiting threats," he
Parliamentary Secretary Glover noted that much has been done in recent
years to combat counterfeiting and maintain public confidence in
Canada's bank notes, which helps to avoid the detrimental impact that
counterfeiting can have on the integrity of an economy.
"These new polymer notes represent an important part of this effort and
a significant barrier to counterfeiting. The striking imagery of this
new $50 bill reflects Canada's commitment to the North," said
Parliamentary Secretary Glover.
Commissioner Grégoire expanded on the note's theme, saying, "Canada's
northern frontier has played an important role in the shaping of our
national identity. And it is a true honour to have the CCGS Amundsen, Canada's Arctic research platform, illustrated on the note in this, the
50th anniversary of the Canadian Coast Guard." He also spoke of how the
Canadian Coast Guard's partnership with ArcticNet provides the global
scientific community with unprecedented access to research
opportunities in the North.
With the $50 denomination being more frequently used in automated
banking machines, Canadians were also reminded that each time a new
series of bank notes is issued the equipment that processes and
dispenses them may require adjustments or upgrades. The Bank of Canada
has worked closely with financial institutions and manufacturers of
bank note processing equipment to help them make this transition to
The $20 note will be issued later this year, with the remaining bank
notes in the series - the $5 and $10 notes - to be issued by the end of
2013. The designs and detailed images of these notes will not be
released until their official unveiling dates.
The themes of all of the denominations are:
Medical Innovation - celebrates Canadian innovations in the field of medicine (Portrait: Sir
CCGS Amundsen, Research Icebreaker - reflects Canada's commitment to Arctic research
and the development and protection of northern communities (Portrait:
Sir William Lyon Mackenzie King)
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial - evokes the contributions and
sacrifices of Canadians in conflicts throughout our history (Portrait:
HM Queen Elizabeth II)
The Canadian train - represents Canada's great technical feat of linking its eastern
and western frontiers by what was, at the time, the longest railway
ever built (Portrait: Sir John A. Macdonald)
Canadarm2 and Dextre - symbolize Canada's continuing contribution to the international space
program through robotics innovation (Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier)
Image with caption: "Louis Fortier, Scientific Director of ArcticNet; Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada; Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance; and Marc Grégoire, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, in front of the CCGS Amundsen, site of the official issue of Canada's new $50 polymer notes. (CNW Group/Bank of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120326_C7886_PHOTO_EN_11581.jpg
Image with caption: "Marc Grégoire, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, and Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada, at a ceremony to officially issue Canada's new $50 polymer notes. (CNW Group/Bank of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120326_C7886_PHOTO_EN_11585.jpg
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For further information:
More information on the new polymer bank note series can be obtained by contacting Jeremy Harrison at 613 782-8782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.