The Bank of Canada and the federal finance minister will announce which Canadian woman will grace the front of the country’s next banknote.
The five women being considered for the honour are activist Viola Desmond, poet Emily Pauline Johnson, engineer Elizabeth MacGill, athlete Fanny Rosenfeld and suffragette Idola Saint-Jean (pictured in order).
Up until this point, Queen Elizabeth II is the only woman featured on a banknote.
The contenders for the new banknote were chosen from 461 eligible nominees who had Canadian citizenship and had been dead for at least 25 years. An advisory council that included Merna Forster, the woman who spearheaded the call to feature a woman on the front of Canada’s currency, later reduced that to a long list of 12 before coming up with the short list. A seven-person committee will make the final decision.
Over 26,000 submissions initially came in from the public.
The selected woman will be featured on the front of the next note in the Bank of Canada’s new series of bills in 2018.