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Ordering Cheques

Did you know it’s completely legal to order cheques online in Canada? Even from someone other than your bank? It’s true – you can order Canadian bank cheques from any private website, so long as they comply with the Canadian Payments Association’s (CPA) requirements. Thousands of individuals and businesses have trusted Cheque Print for over 20 years – well before the online era. The internet has made the ordering (and re-ordering) process much easier and faster, so you can get the exact product you need when you need it.

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Why Use Cheques?

Though some people think they are an out-dated payment method, many people and especially businesses actually prefer using cheques due to their simple accounting software integration, easier auditing and reconciliation processes (the “paper trail”), quick cancellations or stop payments, and small delay in payment processing to allow for better cash flow. Hidden security features also make them much more secure than most people realize.

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Canadian Cheques vs. American

Although standard formatting updates have made the American style similar to its Canadian counterpart, there are a few key differences between them:

  • The Canadian version has a different account numbering system on the bottom due to our different bank account numbering structure
  • The American version has fractional routing and transit numbers on the top of the cheque to better differentiate between bank branches
  • The American version sometimes uses a special numbering algorithm to help prevent cheque fraud
  • The American version never uses holograms – this is a non-necessary Canadian advent due to the prevalence of holograms on our currency
  • American banks typically charge less for their banking products and related processing fees because there is more competition. This is why it’s better to purchase privately online in Canada, as you are supporting local businesses instead of big banks, and will get a lot better service too.

Canadian Cheque Standards

Cheque Print complies with the very strict standards issued by the CPA. These include a number of layout and manufacturing regulations, but are generally focused in two key areas:

  1. Magnetic Image Character Recognition (MICR) Encoding – the standard sequence of numbers at the bottom
    • These numbers must be printed in special magnetic ink, with a specific font, size and format. This is because automatic reader machines use metallic reactions to read this code.
      Pro Tip: When writing a cheque, it’s important not to make any marks in this area.
  1. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) imaging – the overall layout and formatting
    • The placement of certain data must be in specific places so machines can read it.
      Pro Tip: When writing a cheque, it’s important to print clearly and not have any numeric digits in the long-form amount line.

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Ordering cheques from Cheque Print Canada was quick and easy and definItely better value for money than my own bank.
– Jayne Ryan