It's Different in Canada or how to set a Canadian dollar

jac's picture

I've recently bumped into a a question I don't have an answer for. This happens a lot. The difference is this time I don't even know where to look to for a solution. Since it has to do with setting type, I figured this was the place to go.

The problem is Quebec. Aside from needing a French version of all of this signage, I need to set the Canadian Dollar sign differently. My understanding is that it should follow the amount with a space, and should technically have two slashes. Aside from that, I know nothing.

Is it's placement as open to interpretation as the US dollar sign?

jselig's picture

In english you write $5,000 in French it's 5 000 $. And there's no truth to the double barred dollar sign as far as i know.

innovati's picture

okay, I can't speak for european french on this one, but I do know canadian french numerals.

canadian english uses a ',' as a delimiter between thousands:

fifty thousand would be written: 50,000
fifty million would be written: 50,000,000

canadian french uses a ' ' as a delimiter between thousands.

cinquante mille would be: 50 000
cinquante million would be: 50 000 000

Now, also note that decimalization is different between english and french here too.

canadian english uses '.' as a decimal point:

five point five would be: 5.5
ten point seven five would be: 10.75

canadian french uses a ',' as a decimal point:

cinq point cinq would be: 5,5
dix point soixante-quinze would be: 10,75

I hope this clears up some of the number thing. I can't say for sure for sure, but everywhere I look here in canada we set a price like this:

five dollars and fifty cents: $ 5.50
and in the french: $ 5,50

Best of luck,

joeclark's picture

We don’t use a different dollar sign (please show me where different dollar signs even exist) and in French it follows the number rather than preceding it. $5,278.01 vs. 5 278,01 $. Spacing is up for discussion, of course.

Joe Clark

innovati's picture

I just noticed my bank, CIBC (a big canadian one) uses no space in all their online baking stuff.

$0.24 would be what my account would look like according to CIBC if I had 24 cents in there. oh those were the days…

Florian Hardwig's picture

please show me where different dollar signs even exist

In Palatino Linotype, for instance.

jac's picture

Well, it sounds like I'm fine. Didn't break any rules. Thanks for your feedback everyone.

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