Viola Desmond has been selected to be featured on Canada’s next regularly circulating $10 bank note

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In December 9, 2016
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Source: Bank of Canada, Press Release 8 December 2016

The selection of Viola Desmond is the final step in the campaign to choose an iconic Canadian woman to appear on this new bank note. Last spring, an open call for nominations launched by the Bank yielded more than 26,300 submissions from across Canada.

A total of 461 iconic Canadian women met the initial qualifying criteria and an independent Advisory Council followed the selection process to produce a long list of 12 women and then a short list of five who, together, illustrate the diverse and important contributions women have made in shaping Canada’s history:

Viola Desmond  (1914-1965) – Entrepreneur and Defender of Social Justice

Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) (1861-1913) – Poet

Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill (1905-1980) – Engineer

Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld (1904-1969) – Athlete

Idola Saint-Jean (1880-1945) – Suffragette and Activist.

On 8 December 2016, the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Canada revealed that Viola Desmond will be featured on the new $10 note.

To continue to celebrate more iconic Canadians, the next $5 note will also feature a new Bank NOTE-able Canadian. In due course, the Bank will launch another consultation process to seek input from Canadians on the design of that $5 note, building on the successes of this most recent process.

Since Viola Desmond will be featured on the $10 note and another iconic Canadian will be featured on the future $5 note, Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and the first francophone Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, will be honoured on the higher-value bank notes. This change will take place when the higher-value notes are redesigned for the next series.

These changes mean that former prime ministers William Lyon Mackenzie King and Sir Robert Borden will no longer be portrayed on bank notes.

The $20 denomination will continue to feature the reigning monarch.

The new $10 note is expected in late 2018, and the new $5 note will follow a few years after that.