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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
2016 17,504
2015 16,445
2014 62,418
2013 48,364

* Seized Notes: Concluded Lab files ONLY

Total Number of Counterfeit Canadian Banknotes Seized

Year Total
2016 3,362
2015 3,967
2014 13,960
2013 11,218

* Seized Notes: Concluded Lab files ONLY

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed & Seized

Bank Note 2014 Seized 2014 Passed 2015 Seized 2015 Passed 2016 Seized 2016 Passed
$5 77 666 355 1,653 552 789
$10 122 1,441 272 984 252 1,470
$20 7,651 44,389 1,618 8,707 606 6,341
$50 120 1,207 578 1,092 542 2,820
$100 5,990 14,663 976 3,984 1,408 6,074
$1,000 0 6 32 14 2 8

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed by Denomination

Bank Note 2014 % 2015 % 2016 %
$5 666 1% 1,653 10% 789 5%
$10 1,441 2% 984 6% 1,470 8%
$20 44,389 71% 8,707 53% 6,341 36%
$50 1,207 2% 1,092 7% 2,820 16%
$100 14,663 24% 3,984 24% 6,074 35%
$1000 6 0% 14 0% 8 0%
Total $ Value $2,438,170 $659,245 $901,865

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed & Seized
Activity by Province

Province Number seized Number passed %
Ontario 678 3,934 22%
Quebec 808 4,495 25%
British Columbia 740 5,154 28%
Alberta 881 3,432 21%
Other * 255 489 4%
Total 3,362 17,504 100%
*Manitoba 218 246 *
*New Brunswick * 16 *
*Newfoundland and Labrador * 47 *
*Nova Scotia * 53 *
*Northwest Territories * 1 *
*Nunavut * * *
*Prince Edward Island * 2 *
*Saskatchewan 37 123 *
*Yukon Territories * 1 *

Technology Used to Reproduce Canadian Bank Notes

Type 2014 2015 2016
Offset 201 65 266
Toner 32,008 3,245 1,876
Inkjet 44,128 16,986 17,697
Other 41 116 1,027

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

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