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# Can you pay a dollar only using pennies in Canada? I know you can't pay 50 cents.

Question #77133. Asked by JLG13. (Mar 12 07 8:47 PM)

Bruce007

Of course. Any currency is legal tender. You could pay one dollar with a one-hundred dollar bill if you have to. I have paid ten dollars with pennies once, entirely as a joke. People ask if you have any larger currency, but they would be forced to take the change, as it would denote a legal transaction.

 Mar 12 07, 9:25 PM
littlecleo

In Canada under the Currency Act, one can actually only pay, in pennies, to a maximum of \$0.25, if the vendor or retailer wants to be so picky.

Scroll down to limitations on the following link:
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/showdoc/cs/c-52/bo-ga:l_I//en#anchorbo-ga:l_I

 Mar 12 07, 10:09 PM
queproblema

That site has changed; here's an excerpt from the new link:

Limitation

(2) A payment in coins referred to in subsection (1) is a legal tender for no more than the following amounts for the following denominations of coins:
(a) forty dollars if the denomination is two dollars or greater but does not exceed ten dollars;
(b) twenty-five dollars if the denomination is one dollar;
(c) ten dollars if the denomination is ten cents or greater but less than one dollar;
(d) five dollars if the denomination is five cents; and
(e) twenty-five cents if the denomination is one cent.

http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/showdoc/cs/c-52/bo-ga:l_I//en

 Nov 26 09, 11:04 PM

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