Canadian Bank Note Company

The Canadian Bank Note Company (CBNC) is a Canadian security printing company. It is best known for holding the contract with the Bank of Canada to supply it with Canada's banknotes since 1935. The company's other clients include private businesses, national and sub-national governments, central banks, and postal services from around the world. In addition to banknotes, the company produces passports, driver's licences, birth certificates, postage stamps, coupons, and many other security-conscious document-related products. It also prints and provides document reading systems for identification cards, lottery tickets, stamps, and banknotes.

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Douglas R. Arends, Chair
Ronald G. Arends, President and CEO
Productsbank notes, passport, tickets, stamps, ID cards
CBN head office in Westboro, Ottawa

From 1897 until 1923, CBN was a unit of the New York–based American Bank Note Company (now known as ABCorp). It was later a privately held company when it was acquired by Ottawa businessman Charles Worthen; beginning in 1976 Douglas Arends slowly acquired control of the company.[1] It has since been based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Since 2014, the Canadian Bank Note Company has been the chief provider for machine-readable passports used within the Caribbean Community bloc of countries.[2][3] The majority of the new CARICOM passports as they are called serve the union as a centerpiece of promoting easy travel within the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).[4]


Samples of items printed by Canadian Bank Note Company:

See also



  1. ^ "As time (And cash) goes by: A history of the Canadian Bank Note company". Archived from the original on 2018-06-30. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  2. ^ "Canadian Banknote Company Assures Highest Quality Passport" (Press release). Government of St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service. 11 December 2014. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  3. ^ "CANADIAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ASSURES HIGHEST PASSPORT QUALITY". SKNIS. 11 December 2014. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Caribbean Net News: Canadian firm to supply machine-readable passports to Guyana". 2007-10-30. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2021-02-22.