General information about the reproduction of banknotes:
In Canada, the reproduction of bank note images
is protected by the Criminal Code and the Copyright Act. Both
the Criminal Code and the Copyright Act empower the Bank of Canada
to authorize reproductions as appropriate.
The Bank recognizes that currency is an important symbol to Canadians and that people may wish to reproduce images of notes for special purposes – usually advertising, education, journalism, or numismatics. A policy has been developed by the Bank requiring that anyone wishing to reproduce bank note images first obtain the Bank’s written permission.
The Bank may consent to the reproduction of bank note images if there is no risk that the result could be mistaken for a genuine note or misused by counterfeiters, and if the proposed use would not tarnish the dignity and importance of bank notes to Canadians.
It is not necessary to request the Bank’s permission to use bank note images for film or video purposes as long as the images are intended to show a general indication of currency and there is no danger that the images could contribute to counterfeiting.