Canadian Bank Note Reader

​New! Canadian Bank Note Reader Fact Sheet

Lecteur de billets de banque canadiens

The Canadian Bank note ReaderThe Canadian Bank Note Reader (BNR) is one of many items available in the suite of accessible options offered by The Bank of Canada. The BNR 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 - including polymer bills - 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 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

Canadian Bank Note Reader User Manual

The Canadian Bank Note Reader manual will guide you in the use of your Bank Note Readers. The instructions are available in both electronic and audio versions.

Electronic: Bank Note Reader Manual – English

Audio: Bank Note Reader Manual – English 

Maintenance and Repair

If you are experiencing problems with your Bank Note Reader and need to have it repaired please return it with your name, address, telephone number and reason for returning it to:

1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E8
Attn: Shop CNIB