The department devoted to money told of the way the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the bank’s currency operations, in a higher-than-usual requirement for money put strain on bank notice inventories along with the lender’s operations centers. Early in the pandemic, the lender worked to increase stocks of bank notes in regional supply centres. This reduced the probability of disruptions in the transport of bank notes throughout the lockdown, and guaranteed that an uninterrupted source of notes to all areas of the nation.

At the face of public concern regarding the transmission of this virus on paper cash, the lender consulted with health specialists, whose findings supported the opinion that tackling money is no riskier than simply touching other ordinary surfaces. The lender then strongly advised retailers to keep on accepting money.

While continuing innovative research into anti-counterfeiting steps, it gave credit to the innovative safety features of its polymer bank notes for holding counterfeiting into a speed of 8 parts per million as of December 31, substantially below its goal of 30 parts per thousand.

A significant revelation involved the bank’s research to some central bank electronic money (CBDC). This included the way the pandemic shifted historical tendencies. The report states the bank decided there isn’t any persuasive reason to issue a CBDC at the moment, but planning has started for when one may be required. It collaborated together with six other central banks on a combined report which summarized the underlying fundamentals and core characteristics of a digital money and the way the digital money can help central banks produce public policy goals.

In the end, following a last decision by the Canadian Minister of Finance, the lender will probably announce whose portrait is going to be on another $5 invoice.