Bank of Canada wants you to touch its new $10 bills

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Bank of Canada
Bank of Canada

The Bank of Canada is inviting people to touch the new $10 note featuring Viola Desmond to check out new security features.

You can check all your polymer notes in the same way—feel, look and flip:

  • Feel the smooth, unique texture of the note. It is made from a single piece of polymer with some transparent areas.
  • Feel the raised ink on the large number, the large portrait, and the words “Bank of Canada” and “Banque du Canada.”
  • Lookfor transparency in the large window.
  • Lookat the detailed metallic images and symbols in the large transparent window.
  • Flipthe note to see the elements inside the large transparent window repeated in the same colours and detail on the other side.

By now you may have seen the new $10 note in your cash transactions. Did you know the new bill includes some enhanced security features compared with other polymer notes?

  • A colour-shifting eagle feather that changes from gold to green
  • A 3-D maple leaf that appears to be raised but is actually flat
  • Three maple leaves above the portrait

Did you know?

There are more than 2.2 billion genuine notes in circulation in Canada. Bank notes are a vital method of payment used in over 30 per cent of retail transactions.

The Bank of Canada works to keep counterfeit levels low in Canada by

  • strengthening bank note security through ongoing research and development;
  • working with retailers to increase bank note verification;
  • working with law enforcement agencies to promote counterfeit deterrence; and
  • ensuring the quality of notes in circulation.


Whether you’re the clerk or the customer, you can help stop counterfeit notes from entering the cash flow. Check your notes, and you’ll be able to detect a counterfeit at a glance.

  • Compare a suspicious note to one you know is genuine. Look for differences, not similarities.
  • Check two or more security features.
  • If you do not know how to check an older paper note, ask for a polymer note instead.

For more about Canada’s bank notes, security features and counterfeit prevention, go to the Bank of Canada’s Bank Notes page.