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By Cory O'Kelly

Ottawa, Canada (CBC News/CNN) - Say goodbye to the Canadian penny. The Canadian government is eliminating the currency to save money.

Pennies aren't pulling their weight. You can't buy anything with them, and Canadians keep giving them away.

The Canadian government says it costs nearly two cents to mint each one cent coin, so it's going to stop making them.

"It's unnecessary there's very few items priced in pennies now. I think most business will be happy to see it gone," said food wholesaler Michael Tannis.

Now, while business owners are generally happy to be getting rid of the nuisance penny, they also know that its demise will come at a cost.

That cost is re-programming computers and registers to eliminate penny transactions.

"A couple of grand at every location," said business owner Andre Kachi.

Kachi owns three delis in Ottawa, and he says new software to round prices up or down will cost him plenty.

"It's not going to make me happy. Somebody should take care of that, not me for sure," he said.

Same story down the street. It's going to cost Paul Poon dollars to get rid of cents.

"We just have to reprogram the cash register to round off the amount; to re-program cost about a couple hundred dollars," said Poon.

Good riddance to bad money says Poon.

At pizza parlors, where prices traditionally end in 99 cents, one owner says she's looking at $4,000 in changes to software signs and menus.

"It's really bad. You know business is not like it used to be we are already suffering and now they're making it harder for us," said Jassem Ganass.

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