The Vimy 20 gives Canadians time to reflect on our history

Governor of the Bank of Canada Mark Carney and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty making their first purchase with their "Vimy 20" - (CNW Group/Vimy Foundation)
Governor of the Bank of Canada Mark Carney and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty making their first purchase with their “Vimy 20” – (CNW Group/Vimy Foundation)

THUNDER BAY – Canadians will have the opportunity to reflect on an important time in Canadian history when they put the newly designed twenty dollar bill into their wallet. Dubbed the  by the foundation, the new bank note features the Canadian National Vimy Memorial which stands as a tribute to all who served their country in battle and particularly to those who gave their lives.

On November 7th, in the presence of the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, the Honourable James Flaherty, Minister of Finance, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Mr. David Houghton, President of the Vimy Foundation, the 20 dollar bill entered into circulation during an official ceremony at the Canadian War Museum.

“On behalf of the Vimy Foundation we would like to congratulate the Bank of Canada on the design and launch of the new Canadian twenty dollar bill,” states David Houghton.  “With remembrance day around the corner, the timing of this launch is particularly meaningful help keep the legacy alive”.

Take part in the Vimy Foundation’s Facebook page

The Vimy Foundation encourages Canadians to support the “Vimy 20” by taking a photo of themselves with their new twenty dollar bill and posting it on the Foundations Facebook page, at  “We would like to see how far the “Vimy 20″ will travel via people’s photos and we look forward to sharing this journey through our Facebook page,” said Mr. Houghton. “We will also showcase pictures that we’ve received from coast to coast in our upcoming newsletter, so stay tuned!”

About the Vimy Foundation

The Vimy Foundation is a registered charity founded in 2006. The mission of The Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

Inspired by those events, the Foundation created the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, bringing together youth from Canada, the United Kingdom and France so that they can better appreciate their intertwined history and the lessons that can be learned from it. The Foundation also sponsors Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age, a unique educational experience for youth at Encounters with Canada in Ottawa every April. The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize 2013 application process will open on November 11th 2012. To learn more, visit

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