Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on International Women’s Day via Twitter that in late 2018 a new polymer banknote will be issued featuring an iconic Canadian woman, and asked the public to nominate women they think worthy of appearing on the new banknotes. The open call for nominations will close on 15 April 2016.
However, these women must meet some criteria – which can be found on the Bank of Canada official website – in order to be considered:
- They must be Canadian either by birth or naturalized
- They must have demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievements or distinctions in a certain field, which have benefited the people of Canada or have been made in the service of the country
- They have been deceased for at least 25 years
There is also a special note included which mentions that submission of fictional characters will not be taken into consideration.
The selection process consists of nominations being reviewed by an independent Advisory Council made up of Canadian academic, cultural, and thought leaders, which with the help of the public opinion and other historical experts will create a short list of candidates and submit it to the Minister of Finance.