New initiative to involve Canadian high school students in the fight against bank note counterfeiting crimes

    OTTAWA, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Bank of Canada, the Durham District
School Board, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police
and the Sûreté du Québec are joining forces to promote the new Counterfeit
Detection module, a free ready-to-teach kit available to high schools across
the country. Their common goal is to raise awareness among Canadian high
school students about the detrimental impact of bank note counterfeiting and
to involve them in the fight against this harmful criminal activity.
    This initiative has been well received by the Canadian education
community. "The Durham District School Board is pleased to partner with the
Bank of Canada and all levels of law enforcement to offer students an
important and effective learning opportunity on the issue of counterfeit bank
notes," said Craig Burch, Director of Education at the Durham District School
Board, where the program was developed and where the counterfeit detection and
prevention unit was first taught in Canada. "Education professionals are
strongly encouraged to contact the Bank of Canada to get more information
about this effective program that has drawn an enthusiastic response by both
students and educators."
    Many high school students currently work or will pursue a career in the
retail sector, where most counterfeit bank notes are passed. Reaching them is
a great way to encourage counterfeit prevention.
    "The new Counterfeit Detection teaching kit will provide students with
the knowledge and skills necessary to authenticate bank notes and help prevent
financial losses for themselves or their employers," said Pierre Duguay,
Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada. "These skills will be valued by
potential employers and will actively contribute to reducing counterfeiting
rates in Canada."
    For more information on the Counterfeit Detection kit, or to order a
sample, please contact the Bank of Canada at 1-888-513-8212. For more
information on Canadian bank notes and their security features, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Bank of Canada: Julie Rocheleau, (613)
782-8782,; Durham District School Board: Andrea
Pidwerbecki, (905) 666-6313,

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