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Bank of Canada asking for public nominations for an iconic woman to appear on a new bank note

The Bank of Canada is launching a public consultation to select a Canadian Woman to be featured on the next series of banknotes in 2018.

“In our country’s nearly 150 year history, women, with the notable exception of the Queen, have largely been unrepresented on our banknotes,” said Finance Minister Morneau in a statement “In 2018, we will bring real change to a new generation of women who will carry with them constant reminders that they are not only Canada’s future, but a celebrated part of our history.”

From now until 15 April 2016, all Canadians can visit the Bank of Canada’s website to submit their nomination.

Nomination criteria are as follows:

• The nominee can be any Canadian woman (by birth or naturalization) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement or distinction in any field, benefiting the people of Canada, or in the service of Canada.
• The nominee must not be a fictional character.
• The nominee must have been deceased for at least 25 years (before 15 April 1991).

At the end of the nomination period, an independent Advisory Council composed of eminent Canadian academic, cultural and thought leaders will then review the submissions. With the help of subject matter experts and additional consultation with the public, the Advisory Council will develop a short list of qualifying candidates for submission to the Minister of Finance.

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