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In a pre-emptive measure to protect visitors and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19, the Bank of Canada Museum has temporarily closed to the public and suspended all public programming.

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We make learning about the economy fun, with online resources available to suit your curriculum. Or let us do it for you! Pop into the Museum for one of our free school programs. While booking, don’t forget to leave time to visit our fun, interactive exhibitions.

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Inflation Busters

Grades 9 to 12: How do you plan for the future when you don’t know what things will cost? Join the fight against inflation in Inflation Busters, a game-based program for students. Who knew learning about monetary policy could be fun? We did!
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Surprise, It's Money!

Grades 3 to 8: See and touch an amazing array of objects that have served as money at one time or another. Then join us in the Museum—explore the games, multimedia, videos and even more surprising artifacts. It’s fun, engaging, and a great way to learn the role the Bank of Canada plays in the Canadian economy.
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Trading Planets

Grades 4 to 8: Travel to planet Plutopia on a trade mission with your students. Once there, you will see that trading goods without a common currency poses some serious problems. Trading Planets uses interactive, game-based learning to teach about trade, currency, and supply and demand.
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A Bank NOTE-able Canadian

By: Heather Montgomery


Students will use the concept of historical significance to nominate an iconic Canadian as a portrait subject for the Bank of Canada’s new $5 bank note. They will then create a design for their proposal.
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A Noteworthy Woman

By: Heather Montgomery


The new bank note featuring Viola Desmond provides an excellent opportunity to teach about the concept of historical significance.
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Build a Bank Note: Classroom Resource for Teachers

Teach your students about Canada’s history, land and culture – with money!
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For Teachers: Designing a Bank Note that Reflects Canada

By: Heather Montgomery


This lesson idea will help students learn about the design of Canadian bank notes.
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Price Check: Inflation in Canada

By: Heather Montgomery


Students will learn about inflation: what it is, what it means and how it’s measured. They will also learn about how the consumer price index is calculated and create their own student price index to measure the prices that matter in their everyday lives.
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Trade Rules

By: Heather Montgomery


This lesson will introduce three basic economic concepts: consumers and producers, goods and services, and trade. Students will define key economic terms and play a game to understand the benefits of trade.
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Trading Up: How Countries Benefit from Freer Trade

By: Heather Montgomery


Students will learn about comparative advantage, opportunity cost and specialization and how these key economic concepts help countries around the world benefit from trade. They will participate in activities to better understand these concepts and make links to today’s global economy.
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Activities

July 7, 2020

The Art of Guilloche

An activity on the wonderful art of guilloche—a technique that created wavy, decorative lines. This technique was once used to make symmetrical patterns on Canadian bank notes.
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June 24, 2020

Colouring time!

Let your creativity shine with colouring sheets from the Bank of Canada Museum!
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May 4, 2020

Thank You Coupons

This fun activity will teach children about the exchange of goods and services while they create a special gift for a loved one.
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April 28, 2020

Piggy Bank

This fun financial literacy activity will teach kids the value of saving money.
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April 14, 2020

Money Slime

This fun financial literacy activity will teach kids how to recognize and count coins.
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April 3, 2020

Avatar Market

This fun financial literacy activity will teach kids how to make financial decisions.
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June 11, 2020

Nominating an Icon for the Next $5 Bank Note

By: Graham Iddon


Using a Bank of Canada Museum lesson plan, nearly 200 students told us who they thought should be the bank NOTE-able Canadian on our new $5 bill.
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September 16, 2019

For Teachers: National Teachers Survey

By: Heather Montgomery


The Bank of Canada Museum would like to hear from teachers across Canada to help design new online resources for economic literacy.
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Educational resources

Bank of Canada: educational resources

The Bank of Canada also has some educational resources we think you may find helpful.
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Bank of Canada: glossary

The Bank of Canada Glossary contains definitions of terms from various fields, including economics, finance and currency.
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Economy, Plain and Simple

It’s right there in the title—Economy, Plain and Simple: Plain language. Complex concepts made as simple as possible—thanks to the efforts of our economists and a supporting cast of communications professionals. The results are short, quick reads, with engaging visuals, all on a mobile-friendly platform—so you can read them on the go.
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Money and Monetary Policy in Canada

Money and Monetary Policy in Canada is a web resource to help educate Canadians on the mechanics of their economy and the Bank of Canada’s role in it. It’s written in fun, clear language and supplemented with helpful illustrations, meeting the needs of multiple levels of high school curricula.
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School Bursary Program

Need some assistance getting your class to the Museum?

If you are a school in need and in the National Capital Region, let us help with our transportation bursary.

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Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G9, CANADA
613-782-8914