Nominate An Iconic Canadian Woman

Apr 1, 2016

On March 8th, 2016 - International Women's Day - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Bank of Canada is undertaking a broad public consultation to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on the first bank note of its next series - to be issued in 2018.

The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2016

The online nomination process requires people to vote individually, and many WI Members have already submitted nominations for Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, co-founder of the Women's Institute. FWIO invites you to consider nominating Addie, or any other notable woman in Canadian history that you may wish to recognize.

Click on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser to place your nomination:

Nominees will be considered if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are a Canadian (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.
  • They have been deceased for at least 25 years.

Submissions of fictional characters will not be considered.

You will be asked to describe the person you are nominating in 250 characters, so you may wish to prepare your short statement in advance. Here are a few facts to remember about Adelaide Hunter Hoodless:

  • She co-founded the Women's Institute in Stoney Creek, Ontario in 1897, an organization that would spread across the world and which is still active today.
  • She co-founded the National Council of Women, the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in Canada - all of which are still in existence today.
  • After the tragic death of her infant son, she campaigned tirelessly for the education of women and girls in domestic science.
  • She wrote the favoured textbook, 'The Public School Domestic Science', and became increasingly respected as an expert.


An example of what Adelaide might look like on the bank note.
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