Order Authorizing the Issue of Two Two-dollar Commemorative Circulation Coins Specifying the Characteristics and Determining the Designs (Royal Canadian Air Force): SOR/2024-106

Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 158, Number 12

SOR/2024-106 May 27, 2024


Order Authorizing the Issue of Two Two-dollar Commemorative Circulation Coins Specifying the Characteristics and Determining the Designs (Royal Canadian Air Force)

P.C. 2024-582 May 24, 2024

Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Finance, under sections 6.4footnote a and 6.5footnote a of the Royal Canadian Mint Actfootnote b, authorizes the issue of two two-dollar circulation coins, the characteristics of which are to be as specified in item 1.1footnote c of Part 2 of the schedule to that Act and the diameter of which is to be 28.03 mm, and determines the designs of the coins to be as follows:


(This statement is not part of the Order.)


The Royal Canadian Mint (the Mint) will produce two $2 commemorative circulation coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The two $2 coins have one shared design that will be produced in a version with colour, and a version without colour.


The formal creation of the RCAF on April 1, 1924, equipped Canada with a permanent full-time air force. In the century since, it has supported Canada’s defence, contributed to international peacekeeping efforts, and fostered innovation in aviation. Additionally, the RCAF continues to support search and rescue operations, serving as a lifeline for those in crisis in Canada and its surrounding waters. It has also supported domestic and international communities in the wake of natural disasters or other emergencies.

The Mint produces commemorative circulation coins to promote the shared history of people living in Canada, as well as our shared values and culture. These special coins engage people living in Canada while raising awareness about topics, stories and events of national significance.


The objective of this Order is to authorize the Mint to produce two $2 commemorative circulation coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the RCAF. The coins will raise national awareness of the importance and impact of the RCAF’s historical and ongoing national service.


The two $2 coins feature the same design in versions with and without colour. The design depicts the RCAF roundel, a CC-130H Hercules flying over a conifer forest, and the dates “1924” and “2024” denoting the anniversary being commemorated. On the outer ring appear eight other aircraft that have fulfilled significant functions supporting the RCAF and its personnel.

Regulatory development


The Mint welcomes the public to submit ideas for coin themes and design through its website. Development of the design for the Mint’s 2024 commemorative coin program began in late 2022.

Quantitative market research was conducted between May 26, 2023, and June 16, 2023, through an online survey sent to a nationally representative sample consisting of 3 100 respondents over the age of 18, residing in Canada. Ninety-seven per cent of respondents indicated that the design is appealing, suggesting broad support for the coins.

In addition, Mint officials consulted directly with the RCAF, as well as organizations interested in and impacted by the commemoration of the RCAF Centennial. All have indicated their support for the coins.

This Order has been exempted from prepublication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, because changing circulation coin designs has no impact on day-to-day transactions and has always been well received. The coins will perform the same function in trade and commerce and in the same manner as a coin bearing the standard design.

Modern treaty obligations and Indigenous engagement and consultation

The proposal is not expected to impact potential or established Aboriginal or treaty rights, which are recognized and affirmed in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Instrument choice

Pursuant to sections 6.4 and 6.5 of the Royal Canadian Mint Act (the Act), the Governor in Council may, by order, authorize the issuance of circulation coins of a denomination listed in Part 2 of the Schedule of that Act and determine the design of any circulation coin to be issued. This Order is the only instrument choice available under the Act to authorize the issuance of circulation coins and approve their design.

Regulatory analysis

Benefits and costs

The Mint will incur some program costs in issuing these new commemorative coins. No additional costs for Canadians, businesses or other stakeholders are anticipated.

These coins will help people living in Canada learn more about the RCAF’s historical and ongoing duties by highlighting the critical roles it has historically played, and those it continues to play.

As commemorative coins are available at face value and circulate widely, public demand is high, with many people collecting coins and taking them out of circulation. These special circulation coin programs contribute to the overall success of commemorative events and activities. Coins will be distributed through financial institutions with a portion reserved for public coin exchanges.

Small business lens

Analysis under the small business lens concluded that the Order will not impact Canadian small businesses.

One-for-one rule

The one-for-one rule does not apply, as there is no impact on businesses.

Regulatory cooperation and alignment

Given that this Order authorizes the issuance of new commemorative coins, there is no regulatory cooperation or alignment component associated with it.

Strategic environmental assessment

In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, a preliminary scan concluded that a strategic environmental assessment is not required.

Gender-based analysis plus

Through its commemorative circulation coins, the Mint has represented national milestones in the advancement of gender rights, in addition to featuring topics more broadly representative of Canadian diversity, and our shared history. Honouring the full breadth of Canada’s diversity will continue to feature prominently in the Mint’s future plans for commemorative circulation coin designs.

Implementation, compliance and enforcement, and service standards

This Order will come into force upon its approval. Upon approval of the Order, the Mint will proceed with a production order to authorize its Winnipeg facility to start production. There are no compliance and enforcement requirements associated with this Order. Launch event tactics are developed collaboratively with federal and community partners. They may include some or all of the following: a national multimedia advertising campaign, news releases, a public launch event, media relations outreach and public coin exchanges.


Simon Kamel
General Counsel 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