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Currency Counterfeiting Statistics

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Overview

Counterfeiting in Canada includes not only the manufacture of false bank notes, but also forged credit cards, traveller's cheques, passports, and various identity documents.

Phoney identification has been used to obtain government assistance, personal loans, unemployment insurance benefits and to victimize governments, individuals and corporate bodies.

All financial loss, however, is traced back to the consumer who must pay higher prices as a result of counterfeiting. Technological advances in the printing process allow counterfeiters to improve their product and make law enforcement tasks more demanding.

Total Number of Counterfeit Canadian Banknotes Passed

Year Total
2015 16,445
2014 62,418
2013 48,364
2012 44,975
2011 52,217

* Seized Notes: Concluded Lab files ONLY

Total Number of Counterfeit Canadian Banknotes Seized

Year Total
2015 3,967
2014 13,960
2013 11,218
2012 14,882
2011 7,222

* Seized Notes: Concluded Lab files ONLY

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed & Seized

Bank Note 2013 Seized 2013 Passed 2014 Seized 2014 Passed 2015 Seized 2015 Passed
$5 39 731 77 666 355 1,653
$10 286 1,975 122 1,441 272 984
$20 6,927 32,720 7,651 44,389 1,618 8,707
$50 305 972 120 1,207 578 1,092
$100 3,659 11,959 5,990 14,663 976 3,984
$1,000 2 3 0 6 32 14

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed by Denomination

Bank Note 2013 % 2014 % 2015 %
$5 731 1% 666 1% 1,653 10%
$10 1,975 4% 1,441 2% 984 6%
$20 32,720 68% 44,389 71% 8,707 53%
$50 972 2% 1,207 2% 1,092 7%
$100 11,959 25% 14,663 24% 3,984 24%
$1000 3 0% 6 0% 14 0%
Total $ Value $1,925,305 $2,438,170 $659,245

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed & Seized
Activity by Province

Province Number seized Number passed %
Ontario 1,295 5,988 35%
Quebec 649 5,451 30%
British Columbia 1,483 2,767 21%
Alberta 484 1,747 11%
Other * 56 492 3%
Total 3,967 16,445 100%
*Manitoba * 141 *
*New Brunswick 27 11 *
*Newfoundland and Labrador 1 18 *
*Nova Scotia * 82 *
*Northwest Territories * 1 *
*Nunavut * 9 *
*Prince Edward Island * 1 *
*Saskatchewan 28 228 *
*Yukon Territories * 1 *

Technology Used to Reproduce Canadian Bank Notes

Type 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Offset 343 95 633 201 65
Toner 3,830 1,521 11,513 32,008 3,245
Inkjet 55,288 58,241 47,436 44,128 16,986
Other - - - 41 116

Prepared by: RCMP National Anti-Counterfeiting Bureau (NACB)

Subject to review

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