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Ordering Cheques in Canada

It is completely legal to order cheques online in Canada. You can even order cheques from someone other than your bank, such as Cheque Print. National standards for cheques allow for qualified print shops to produce a wide range of types and styles of cheques. 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 for their cheque orders – well before the online era. The internet has made the cheque ordering (and re-ordering) process easier and faster, so you can order checks in Canada with more convenience.

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Why Use Cheques?

Ordering cheques is still an ordinary and necessary business practice. Though some people think cheques are an outdated method of payment, many people – and especially businesses – actually prefer using cheques due to their simple accounting software integration, easier auditing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 a small delay in payment processing to allow for better cash flow. Hidden security features also make them much more secure than most people realize. With the option to order checks online, using cheques is easier than ever.

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Why Order Checks from a Canada Print Shop

Although Canadian cheques are similar to American cheques, there are a few key differences that Canadian print shops need to consider when printing an order of cheques. Standard formatting updates have made the American style similar to its Canadian counterpart, but 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.

These differences may look minor, but they need to be considered when cheque ordering in Canada. Cheque Print is the Canadian leader in cheques and guarantees that your cheque order will be completed with 100% satisfaction.

Canadian Cheque Standards

Every order of cheques by Cheque Print complies with the stringent standards issued by the Canadian Payments Association. These include a number of layout and manufacturing regulations but are generally focused on 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.
  2. 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.

When you order a cheque book from us, you don’t need to worry about these details. Our team of printing specialists will ensure your cheque order complies with all standards and requirements.

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