|The tactile feature is used to designate bank note
denomination through a series of symbols formed by raised dots and
separated by a smooth surface, in the upper right corner on the face of
the notes. Each symbol is composed of two columns of three raised dots. The
dots are embossed and back coated to enhance their durability.
The number and position of symbols vary according
to the denomination: the $10 has two symbols; the $5 will have one; the
$20, three; and the $50, four. The tactile feature on the $100 will be
similar in length to the one on the $50 except that the two middle
symbols will be absent.
This feature was developed by the Canadian Bank
Note Company, in collaboration with the Bank of Canada, the Canadian
National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), and experts from Queen’s
University. This highly functional denomination method requires a
minimum amount of familiarization without the use of an electronic
device or template, addressing the issues of privacy and ease of use
which were raised during consultations.