Polymer bank notes are printed on a smooth, durable film. There are over 30 countries that currently print some or all of their denominations on polymer, including Australia, Mexico, and Romania.
Canada's new polymer bank notes 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. As a result, fewer notes will be printed in future years.
Innovative: The notes will be the most advanced ever issued in Canada and among the most secure in the world.
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.
For more information about the new polymer bank notes, please visit the Bank of Canada's website at :