Vol. 148, No. 14 — July 2, 2014


SOR/2014-164 June 19, 2014


Order Authorizing the Issue of a Two Dollar Circulation Coin Specifying the Characteristics and Determining the Design

P.C. 2014-816 June 18, 2014

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Finance, pursuant to sections 6.4 (see footnote a) and 6.5 (see footnote b) of the Royal Canadian Mint Act (see footnote c), authorizes the issue of a two dollar circulation coin, the characteristics of which are to be as specified in item 1.1 (see footnote d) of Part 2 of the schedule to that Act and the diameter of which is to be 28.03 mm, and determines the design of the coin to be as follows:


(This statement is not part of the Order.)


The Royal Canadian Mint (the Mint) wishes to produce a $2 circulation coin as part of a Commemorative Circulation Coin Program to commemorate the Centennial of the First World War (1914–1918) and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War (1939–1945). Pursuant to sections 6.4 and 6.5 of the Royal Canadian Mint Act, the Governor in Council may, by order, authorize the issue of circulation coins of a denomination listed in Part 2 of the schedule and determine the design of any circulation coin to be issued.


The Commemorative Circulation Coin Program assists in the promotion of Canada, Canadian values, culture and history to Canadians. These special coins raise awareness of celebrations and anniversaries of importance to Canadians and create engagement with the Canadian public.


To use circulation coinage to commemorate and promote the Centennial of the First World War and the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War, in accordance with the Government of Canada’s initiative to commemorate these nationally significant historical events in 2014.


This Order authorizes the Mint to produce $2 circulation coins with a design that features an image of a young child running away from his mother to his father, as his father marches with his regiment to a waiting train. The design is based on a well known photograph taken by Claude P. Dettloff on October 1, 1940, of The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles) marching down Eighth Street at the Columbia Avenue intersection, New Westminster, British Columbia.

“One-for-One” Rule

This Order does not impose new administrative costs on business. Therefore, the “One-for-One” Rule does not apply.

Small business lens

This Order does not impose new administrative or compliance costs on small business. Therefore, the small business lens does not apply.


The Centennial of the First World War and the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War have been identified as key nationbuilding milestones by the Interdepartmental Commemorations Committee (ICC) — chaired by the Department of Canadian Heritage — that manages the Government of Canada’s commemorations priorities. Under the ICC’s purview, the Centennial of the First World War and the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War have been identified as meriting priority commemoration by the Government of Canada.

The 2014 coin, “Mobilizing Canada,” pays tribute to the massive efforts made by Canadians to support their people, nation and allies during the most costly conflicts in the history of humanity. The repercussions of mobilization for all Canadians, from coast to coast to coast, were immediate massive social change, dislocation, and disruption to dutifully drive the nation’s war effort. Canadians experienced dislocation of family life; men travelled Canada’s vast distances before being deployed to the front, and women took on new socio-cultural roles at home and in the workplace.

This new $2 coin will raise awareness regarding the significance of the two world wars and their impact on Canadians, on and off the battlefields, at home and abroad. It will help educate Canadians about the significance of the two world wars and how they shaped the country and Canadian identity.

Because these coins are available at face value and circulate widely, public demand is high with many coins being collected and taken out of circulation. Commemorative circulation coin programs create important benefits by contributing to the overall success of the event being celebrated as well as generating additional revenue for the Government.


Simon Kamel
General Counsel
Acting Vice-President, Corporate and Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Corporate and Legal Affairs
Royal Canadian Mint
320 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G8
Telephone: 613-993-1732
Fax: 613-990-4665
Email: kamel@mint.ca