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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
2014 62,418
2013 48,364
2012 44,975
2011 52,217
2010 53,536
2009* 66,696
2008 107,689
2007 141,502
2006 287,088
2005 402,303
2004 552,980

* Seized Notes: Concluded Lab files ONLY

Total Number of Counterfeit Canadian Banknotes Seized

Year Total
2014 13,960
2013 11,218
2012 14,882
2011 7,222
2010 9,995
2009* 3,617
2008 232,511
2007 22,018
2006 35,395
2005 20,139
2004 95,324

* Seized Notes: Concluded Lab files ONLY

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed & Seized

Bank Note 2011 Seized 2011 Passed 2012 Passed 2013 Seized 2013 Passed 2014 Seized 2014 Passed
$5 346 1,648 975 39 731 77 666
$10 46 3,930 2,923 286 1,975 122 1,441
$20 1,111 25,039 30,672 6,927 32,720 7,651 44,389
$50 1,135 2,123 2,316 305 972 120 1,207
$100 3,658 19,466 8,038 3,659 11,959 5,990 14,663
$1,000 925 11 7 2 3 0 6

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed by Denomination

Bank Note 2012 % 2013 % 2014 %
$5 975 2% 731 1% 666 1%
$10 2,923 7% 1,975 4% 1,441 2%
$20 30,672 68% 32,720 68% 44,389 71%
$50 2,316 5% 972 2% 1,207 2%
$100 8,038 18% 11,959 25% 14,663 24%
$1000 7 0% 3 0% 6 0%
Total $ Value $1,567,152 $1,925,305 $2,438,170

Counterfeit Canadian Bank Notes Passed & Seized
Activity by Province

Province Number seized Number passed %
Ontario 1,823 31,456 44%
Quebec 11,349 22,659 44%
British Columbia 338 5,235 7%
Alberta 228 2,031 3%
Other * 222 1,037 2%
Total 13,960 62,418 100%
*Manitoba 204 488 *
*New Brunswick 7 34 *
*Newfoundland and Labrador 0 33 *
*Nova Scotia 7 208 *
*Northwest Territories 0 0 *
*Nunavut 0 0 *
*Prince Edward Island 0 165 *
*Saskatchewan 4 108 *
*Yukon Territories 0 1 *

Technology Used to Reproduce Canadian Bank Notes

Type 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Offset 1,255 533 3091 172 125 343 95 633 201
Toner 54,474 43,149 13,274 6,425 5,186 3,830 1,521 11,513 32,008
Inkjet 266,772 119,834 323,835 61,716 58,220 55,288 58,241 47,436 44,128
Other - - - - - - - - 41

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

Subject to review

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