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Financial Literacy Resources for Newcomers

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 (CFEE)
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 Dayplanner is a guide for everyday living for newcomers. It includes information about banking and money with an interactive digital version and App or a downloadable hardcopy. www.cfeedayplanner.com/


Ottawa Community Loan Fund - Newcomer Finances Toolkit
A toolkit to help practitioners working with newcomer families to address financial topics includes:

  • For Practitioners/Organizations:
    • Instructor’s Manual to assist newcomers to integrate into the financial system in Canada
    • Summit Guide to help bring together people working in financial literacy in their community
  • For newcomers:
    • Worksheets with information by topic
    • Online practice bank machine
    • Online direct payment (debit) machine


Provincial Newcomers Associations & Community Immigrant and Refugee Agencies
Many provinces and territories have financial literacy resources as part of newcomers associations and other organizations working with immigrants and refugees. Contact your local immigrant service centre and similar agencies serving newcomers. Below are some examples. Many offers online tools/calculators


PEI Association for newcomers to Canada

Association for New Canadians: Newcomers' Guide to Services and Resources in Newfoundland and Labrador
(Chapter 15 - Money and Banking)
www.ancnl.ca/userfiles/files/Newcomers_Guide_mar_6_08_web%5B1%5D_FINAL_MARCH 7, 2008.pdf

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