Money

 

Canada’s official currency is the Canadian dollar ($). There are 100 cents (¢) in a dollar ($). Coins have different sizes, shapes and colours. They have nicknames that Canadians use in everyday life. These include:

Coin

 penny (the penny was removed from circulation in 2012)

 

Canadian Coins

 nickel
10¢  dime
25¢  quarter
$1  loonie
$2  toonie

 

Bills

The Bank of Canada released series of polymer bank notes or bills. Each bill is the same size but a different colour. The most common bills are:

$5 blue 5 dollar
$10  purple 10 dollar
$20 green 20 dollar
$50 red 50 dollar
$100 brown 100 dollar

 

Exchanging foreign money into Canadian money

Before coming to Canada, it is a good idea to change some money from your home country into Canadian dollars. You can also exchange money after you arrive. Most airports have foreign exchange offices. You can also get cash from automated banking machines (ABMs are also known as automated teller machines) using a foreign debit or credit card.

 

Sending money

If you send money through the mail, do not send cash. To send money, you may:

  • Use a cheque or money order.
  • Directly transfer money to another account at the bank. Buy a money order at the post office.
  • Wire money through private money order or transfer services (ask an immigrant-serving organization).

Some of these transactions cost money. Make sure that you know the cost before you transfer money.