Polymer Banknotes

The $5 and $10 polymer notes are the last of the polymer series unveiled this year by the Bank of Canada. They will be circulated starting November 7, 2013.

Images of all the polymer bank notes ($100, $50, $20, $10 and $5) and a description of the security features can be found at the Bank of Canada website.

Canada's new polymer banknotes are:

  • Secure: Their leading-edge security features are easy to verify and hard to counterfeit.
  • Durable: They are expected to last at least 2.5 times longer in circulation before wearing out and needing to be replaced.
  • Better for the environment: Polymer notes will have a lower impact on the environment than notes in a cotton-paper-based series and will be recycled.

Your local branch will be distributing Bank of Canada materials describing the new polymer notes to provide you with more information and increase awareness of the new notes and their features.

Visit the Bank of Canada for more information.