Canadian Bank Note Reader

​New! Canadian Bank Note Reader Fact Sheet

Lecteur de billets de banque canadiens

Photo, in colour of Canadian $100 bill under a magnifying glassThe Canadian Bank Note Reader, developed by the Bank of Canada, talks and vibrates to identify paper money for individuals who are blind, deafblind or who have low vision. It recognizes bill denominations currently in circulation and those expected to enter into circulation in the next few years. Settings include voice output tone, volume control, vibration and voice language (either English or French).

The Canadian Bank Note Reader has an ergonomic design that is compact and easy to use and includes a standard headphone jack. Such design features as high contrast colouring in key areas and rubber grips and padding, as well as a battery compartment door on hinges to prevent loss, make for a well thought out, easy to use tool for people living with vision loss. The Canadian Bank Note Reader is distributed at no charge by CNIB to people living with vision loss who find distinguishing between bank notes difficult, and comes with a protective pouch with a Velcro panel and bilingual instructions available in braille, large print and audio format. A nine volt alkaline battery is also included.

To order the Canadian Bank Note Reader, contact CNIB at 1-866-659-1843 or email us at​​​​​​

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