OTTAWA, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Bank of Canada will begin circulating the new $5 and $10 bills, the final two notes in the new Polymer series, on Thursday, 7 November 2013.
A ceremony to officially issue the new $5 note, which symbolizes Canada's continuing contribution to the International Space Station program through robotics innovation, and features the Canadarm2 and Dextre on the back of the note, will be held at the Canadian Space Agency in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.
Joining Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz to speak at the event will be Chris Hadfield, retired Canadian astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station.
A ceremony to officially issue the $10 note, which represents Canada's great technical feat of linking its eastern and western frontiers by what was, at the time, the longest railway ever built, will be held simultaneously at Vancouver's train station. Joining Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem to speak at the event will be Marc Laliberté, President and CEO of VIA Rail Canada.
At the conclusion of the event, members of the media will have an opportunity to meet with experts to find out more about the theme and various security features, and to purchase new $5 and $10 polymer bank notes.
Media wishing to attend the ceremony are asked to contact Media Relations by 6 November at 12:00 ET (noon) at 613 782-8782 or by e-mail.
|Time:||At 13:00 (Eastern Time), 10:00 (Pacific Time), journalists, press photographers and TV crews are invited to attend the issue events which will be held simultaneously in Saint-Hubert, QC, and Vancouver, BC. Please be sure to have your press accreditation with you.|
|| Saint- Hubert $5 Event:
|| John H. Chapman Space Centre
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint- Hubert, QC.
|| Vancouver $10 Event:
|| Pacific Central Station
1150 Station Street
|Note: No Q&A period is scheduled.|
|Webcast:||Audio and video webcasts of the event will be accessible from the Bank's website.|
|Distribution:||A press release and the Governor's and Senior Deputy Governor's remarks will be available at 13:00 (ET), 10:00 (PT), on the Bank's website.|
|Photo Op:||At 13:30 (ET), 10:30 (PT), there will be two photo opportunities at each location:|
|Expert Kiosk:||At 13:45 (ET), 10:45 (PT), kiosks will be open for journalists to visit and ask questions.|
|Note Exchange:||The new $5 and $10 notes 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 from the Bank's website.|
|Regional Events:||In addition to the national issue events, a series of regional media events will take place on Thursday, 7 November. Bank of Canada Senior Regional Representatives across the country will have new $5 and $10 notes on hand and will be available to answer questions.|
|Prairies Region:||At 11:15 (Mountain Standard Time), media are invited to attend an event at the University of Alberta, Telus Centre, 87 Avenue NW and 111 Street NW, Edmonton, AB.|
|Ontario Region:||At 13:15 (Eastern Time), media are invited to attend an event at the Ontario Science Centre, Hot Zone, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON.|
|Atlantic Region:||At 14:45 (Newfoundland Time), media are invited to attend an event at the Johnson GEO Centre, 175 Signal Hill Road, St. John's, NL.|
|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 and the $20 note in November 2012. The $5 and $10 notes are the final notes to be issued in the Polymer series.
SOURCE: Bank of Canada
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