Canadian five-dollar note
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2011)|
|This article is outdated. (June 2013)|
|Value:||5 Canadian dollars|
|Security Features:||Holographic stripe, Watermark, EURion constellation, Tactile marks, Registration device, Raised printing, UV printing|
|Design:||Portrait: Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister from 1896 to 1911|
|Design Date:||March 25, 2013|
|Design:||Canadarm2 and Dextre|
|Design Date:||March 25, 2013|
The current five-Canadian dollar note is dominantly blue. The front features a portrait of Canada's seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the coat of arms, and a picture of the West Block of the Parliament buildings. The reverse side depicts children engaged in winter sports, including sledding, ice skating, and hockey; this is accompanied by a quotation from Roch Carrier's short story, "The Hockey Sweater":
Les hivers de mon enfance étaient des saisons longues, longues. Nous vivions en trois lieux: l'école, l'église et la patinoire; mais la vraie vie était sur la patinoire.
The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places—the school, the church and the skating rink—but our real life was on the skating rink.
In the image, one of the hockey players is wearing hockey sweater number 9. Many believe this is to honour Canadian hockey legend Maurice Richard (which would follow Carrier's story, in which a young Québécois boy is obsessed with "The Rocket").
Yellow dots representing the EURion constellation can be found on the reverse side. This note features raised, textured printing as well as a special tactile feature (similar to Braille dots) to assist the blind in identifying the denomination. Security features include 'BANK OF CANADA' and 'BANQUE DU CANADA' only visible under ultraviolet light.
In 2005, the Canadian government polled its citizens on the idea of retiring the five-dollar note, replacing it with a five-dollar coin. The money saved in making the coin would then fund the Canadian Olympic team. Canadians resoundingly rejected and ridiculed the idea of a five-dollar coin. Some pointed out the note's most recent redesign took place only four years prior, while many others were averse to the idea of carrying yet another coin in their wallets and pockets. Due to the overwhelmingly negative response, plans for the five-dollar coin were discarded. Instead, on 15 November 2006, the Bank of Canada released an updated version of the five-dollar note (issue of 2006) with updated security features, including a holographic stripe found in the rest of the series, and a watermark of Laurier that appears when held to the light. These features replaced the iridescent maple leaves that were in the issue of 2002.
A new note will be introduced in November 2013 using the same technology found in the $20, $50 and $100. The bill will feature Sir Wilfrid Laurier and hologram of the Mackenzie Tower from the West Block on Parliament Hill on the front; the back will feature an astronaut working with Dextre attached to the Canadarm2.
- "French-Canadian Writers: Roch Carrier". Athabasca University. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- $5 coin? 'Ridiculous'. CBC News, 22 August 2005.
- Bank of Canada Issues Upgraded $5 Bank Note. 15 November 2006.