The fourth commemorative bank note in Canada’s history, a polymer $10
note celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, was revealed
in a ceremony at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on April 7.
The note is designed to showcase Canada’s history, land and culture.
Bank Governor Stephen Poloz added: “This bank note is intended to
captivate our imagination and instill pride in what we, as a nation,
have accomplished. It celebrates the natural beauty and majesty of our
land and some of the important parliamentarians who helped shape our
The Bank of Canada called attention to the note’s intricate design
and unique qualities. For the first time, four people are depicted on
the face of a Canadian note: Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Étienne
Cartier, Agnes Macphail, and James Gladstone (or Akay-na-muka — his
Blackfoot name). Their busts are shown in front of Parliament’s Hall
of Honour, to symbolize that Canada has been shaped by the vision,
courage and effort of people of different backgrounds.
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The $10 note enters circulation June 1 carrying the first
appearance each of a Canadian woman and an indigenous Canadian as Bank
of Canada note portrait subjects. The design also incorporates Inuit
and Metis cultural elements: in the window is a reproduction of the
artwork Owl’s Bouquet by Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak; and the
borders have an arrow sash pattern that is an important symbol of the
The back shows five different landscapes from various regions, meant
to illustrate Canada’s natural beauty and unique scenery: the
Lions/Twin Sisters of Western Canada, a wheat field of the Prairie
provinces, the Canadian Shield representing central Canada, Cape
Bonavista in eastern Canada, and the Northern Lights in northern Canada.
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The note also has new security features, including a color-shifting
representation of an arch found in the Memorial Chamber on Parliament
Hill and three-dimensional maple leaves.
Forty million Canada 150 $10 notes will be issued; the notes should
be widely available nationwide within a month of their release. They
will circulate alongside the current polymer $10 note but do not
replace it. The two notes can be used interchangeably in transactions.
A new regular-issue $10 note will be issued in late 2018 featuring
the human rights icon Viola Desmond. Her portrait will be the first
portrayal of a Canadian woman on a regularly circulating Bank of
Canada’s first commemorative note was issued in 1935 to celebrate
the Silver Jubilee of King George V; the second, issued in 1967,
marked the centennial of Confederation; and the third, in 2015,
commemorated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest-reigning
sovereign in Canada’s modern era.
Images and extensive information on the many security elements of
the Canada 150 notes can be obtained by following the links on the
Bank of Canada website.