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Economic Action Plan 2012 Announces Elimination of the Penny

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Ottawa, Ontario - March 29, 2012 – In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada has announced that it will modernize Canada's currency set by eliminating the penny from Canada's coinage system. While the coins will remain legal tender, the Royal Canadian Mint will no longer distribute pennies as of fall 2012.  

"The Mint will continue to develop new strategies and technologies to meet current national and world market demands," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The Mint's Winnipeg facility has produced coins for over 75 countries in the past 35 years; therefore we have a solid reputation on which to build a future without the penny."

Due to rising labour, metal and other manufacturing and distribution costs, each penny now costs more than 1.6 cents to produce. As a result of the Mint's patented, cost-effective multi-ply plated steel technology, all other Canadian circulation coins cost well under face value to produce. 

Canadians can redeem their pennies at their financial institutions or also consider donating them to charities.  For consumer and business information on the elimination of the penny and for guidelines on price rounding, please visit the Budget 2012 website at www.budget.gc.ca/2012/themes/theme2-eng.html.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. Visit www.mint.ca for further information on the Mint's history, products and services.

Current images and b-roll footage of the penny are available for media at ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.  

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For more information, media are invited to please contact:

Christine Aquino
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Mint
Tel: 613-993-9999
Cell: 613-797-9125
aquino@mint.ca