Currency counterfeiting statistics

Statistics on counterfeit Canadian bank notes - Total number passed and seized
Year Passed into circulation Seized by law enforcement
2022 15,332 53,630
2021 17,228 29,918
2020 18,965 6,355
2019 33,732 10,198
2018 33,437 11,167
2017 22,794 23,836
2016 17,504 3,362
2015 16,445 3,967
2014 62,418 13,960
Statistics on counterfeit Canadian bank notes - Total number by denomination
Year $5 $10 $20 $50 $100 $1,000
2022 passed 1,522 459 2,832 4,235 6,252 28
seized 290 45 20,054 6,458 26,725 15
2021 passed 2,133 1,097 4,095 4,447 5,448 7
seized 2,207 1,023 14,384 5,743 6,561 0
2020 passed 2,251 986 4,788 5,434 5,483 15
seized 577 512 762 1,961 2,521 1
2019 passed 3,354 1,497 12,780 5,902 10,172 16
seized 697 591 2,591 1,970 4,346 2
2018 passed 3,355 1,561 9,029 5,777 13,685 24
seized 710 469 2,728 2,570 4,686 1
2017 passed 1,667 1,127 6,345 5,792 7,858 3
seized 720 577 6,725 1,805 14,005 n/a
2016 passed 789 1,470 6,341 2,820 6,074 8
seized 552 252 606 542 1,408 2
2015 passed 1,653 984 8,707 1,092 3,984 14
seized 355 272 1,618 578 976 32
2014 passed 666 1,441 44,389 1,207 14,663 6
seized 77 122 7,651 120 5,990 0
Statistics on counterfeit Canadian bank notes - Total value passed into circulation by denomination
Year Total $ value $5 (percent) $10 (percent) $20 (percent) $50 (percent) $100 (percent) $1,000 (percent)
2022 $933,798 $7,610
(10%)
$4,590
(3%)
$56,640
(18%)
$211,750
(28%)
$625,200
(41%)
$28,000
(0%)
2021 $877,685 $10,665
(12%)
$10,970
(6%)
$81,900
(24%)
$222,350
(26%)
$544,800
(32%)
$7,000
(0%)
2020 $951,875 $2,251
(12%)
$986
(5%)
$4,788
(25%)
$5,434
(29%)
$5,483
(29%)
$15
(0%)
2019 $1,615,640 $3,354
(10%)
$1,497
(4%)
$12,780
(38%)
$5,902
(18%)
$10,172
(30%)
$16
(0%)
2018 $1,894,315 $16,775
(10%)
$15,610
(5%)
$180,580
(27%)
$288,850
(17%)
$1,368,500
(41%)
$24,000
(0%)
2017 $1,224,905 $8,335
(7%)
$11,270
(5%)
$126,900
(28%)
$289,600
(25%)
$785,800
(34%)
$3,000
(0%)
2016 $901,865 $3,945
(5%)
$14,700
(8%)
$126,820
(36%)
$141,000
(16%)
$607,400
(35%)
$8,000
(0%)
2015 $659,245 $8,265
(10%)
$9,840
(6%)
$174,140
(53%)
$54,600
(7%)
$398,400
(24%)
$14,000
(0%)
2014 $2,438,170 $3,330
(1%)
$14,410
(2%)
$887,780
(71%)
$60,350
(2%)
$1,466,300
(24%)
$6,000
(0%)
Statistics on counterfeit Canadian bank notes - Total number by province in 2022
Province Passed into circulation Seized by law enforcement
British Columbia 4,061 4,523
Alberta 1,041 30,277
Saskatchewan 199 255
Manitoba 341 200
Ontario 7,303 3,743
Quebec 2,097 13,910
Nova Scotia 154 3
New Brunswick 92 718
Prince Edward Island 12 n/a
Newfoundland and Labrador 31 1
Yukon n/a n/a
Nunavut n/a n/a
Northwest Territories 1 n/a
Total 15,332 53,630
Technology used for counterfeiting - Total number passed and seized
Year Offset printing Toner printing Inkjet printing Other
2022 54,211 4,380 8,848 1,523
2021 31,942 3,051 9,828 2,325
2020 7,775 1,290 13,635 2,620
2019 11,457 3,519 25,289 3,665
2018 11,700 8,719 20,025 4,160
2017 13,693 4,915 25,862 2,160
2016 266 1,876 17,697 1,027
2015 65 3,245 16,986 116
2014 201 32,008 44,128 41
Table 1 - Statistics on counterfeit Canadian coins - Total number passed and seized
  2019 2020 2021 2022
$1 Passed 1 n/a n/a 2
Seized n/a n/a n/a n/a
Passed and seized 1 n/a n/a 2
Table 2 - Statistics on counterfeit Canadian coins - Total number passed and seized
  2019 2020 2021 2022
$2 Passed 300 8 850 10,369
Seized 1,000 2,195 6,502 601
Passed and seized 1,300 2,203 7,352 10,970
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