Financial Literacy Resources for the General Population
Canadian Bankers Association – Your Money
Your Money is the financial literacy program of the Canadian Bankers Association. Teachers can register online for an in-class seminar presented by a banker volunteer from their community. Parents can access resources to help teach their children financial literacy at home. Resources on this site are developed by banks. Resources for children include some interactive games.
Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy (CCFL)
The CCFL is dedicated to supporting financial literacy capacity across Canada with a goal to bring together government, businesses and community organizations to best serve low income and vulnerable Canadians. www.theccfl.ca
Extensive resources available in multiple languages.
The Community Financial Literacy Initiatives Across Canada is a project of the CCFL to map the financial literacy programs and services available through community agencies and non-profit organizations specifically for low-income and vulnerable populations. The map will include networks or collaboratives with associated mandates.
Canadian Foundation for Economic Education
The CFEE is a national non-profit producing resources, workshops and strategic planning/advisory services to promote and assist the enhanced economic capability of Canadians through a variety of programs. Offers online tools/calculators. www.cfee.org
The Virtual Advisor website is designed to help individual Canadians find answers to the questions they have about money and work issues. Facilitators who work with families, such as teachers, community service workers, and government officials, have access to additional support and resources. www.virtualadvisor.ca
Community Sector Council NL – MONEY project
A project of the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, MONEY (Many Opportunities Not Experienced Yet) will explore new ideas and adapt proven methods to help meet the financial literacy needs of economically disadvantaged people in NL. MONEY will compile information on financial literacy programs and providers in NL, what works, what does not, who is being served, who is not, what methods people feel comfortable with, what the barriers are, how to break them down and whether people realize they have a need.
Credit Counselling of Atlantic Canada
Tips on savings and managing debt with emphasis on travel, meal planning, entertainment. Offers online tools/calculators.
Credit Counselling Society - MyMoneyCoach
MyMoneyCoach is a free, user-friendly public service about learning to save money and make smart financial choices.
Edmonton Financial Literacy Society (EFLS)
EFLS provides financial literacy courses in partnership with other organizations – looking into the emotions that drive spending. Downloadable resources include tools to track spending and financial literacy research papers.
Entreaide Budgetaire Ottawa
Free credit/budget counseling and income tax services for low-income families living in Ottawa. The tools provided are essential for healthy financial management.
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
An independent body working to protect and inform consumers of financial products and services. The FCAC was established in 2001 by the federal government for oversight of consumer issues and for consumer education in the financial sector. The FCAC website offers downloadable learning modules for facilitating workshops, information – including fact sheets, consumer alerts, research, glossary and newsletters – and tools and calculators.
Teaching Financial Literacy - Trainer’s Toolkit
The Trainer’s Toolkit provides teaching tips and suggestions to engage learners and present the material effectively, information about teaching adult learners, Powerpoint presentations, and PDF guides for each module.
The Cost of Banking Guide
The interactive guide helps identify specific banking needs, and then enables comparison with various banking packages and savings accounts that serve those needs.
Your Financial Toolkit
An easy-to-use online program designed to help Canadians manage their personal finances. Includes worksheets and videos.
Financial Workshop Kits: Family Money Skills workshop (USA)
Created by USA-based National Endowment for Financial Education, this workshop provides the tools to help families openly discuss money matters and gain the critical life skills needed to make smart financial choices. Success is heightened when parents and children learn together and support one another in making smart, beneficial money decisions. Key content includes understanding wants versus needs, setting savings goals, earning money, shopping wisely, planning, and banking. Note, not all the information will apply to the Canadian context.
Investor Education Fund (IEF)
The IEF develops and promotes independent financial information, programs and tools to help consumers make better financial and investing decisions. It was established as a non-profit organization by the Ontario Securities Commission and is funded by settlements and fines from OSC enforcement proceedings. Offers online tools/calculators.
K3C Credit Counselling
A Kingston-based not-for-profit credit counselling organization that provides assistance to people who are experiencing financial difficulties. www.k3ccreditcounselling.org
Tip Sheets on budgeting, education, retirement and debt management
Momentum - Manage and Save Your Money workshops
These Calgary-based workshops provide information on how to reduce debt, manage credit cards, pay bills on time, save for future and increase assets — particularly if living on a low income. Offers online tools/calculators and local workshops.
Practical Money Skills Canada
A free financial literacy program to help Canadians understand the fundamentals of money management. Created by Visa, the program offers money management resources including calculators, games, and lesson plans tailored for use by Canadian families and educators. Free downloadable guides. Calculators are useful and include “Budgeting for a new Baby”, interactive games for children and Android and iPhone Apps for youth.
Practical Money Guides
Complete set covering everything from credit cards to budget basics to the ins and outs of a credit history, these brochures educate consumers on the key issues of financial responsibility.
RBC Royal Bank Advice Centre
The RBC Advice Centre provides financial advice for families and new and expecting parents with tips on everyday management.