November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada; an opportunity for all
Canadians and organizations to either host or take part in an activity
to increase Canadians' financial knowledge. #CountMeInCA
TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Canada's Financial Literacy Leader Jane
Rooney today kicked off the 5th anniversary of Financial Literacy Month (FLM) by speaking to over 300 attendees at the ABLE Financial
Empowerment Conference in Toronto. She also seized the opportunity to
introduce two enhancements to the Canadian Financial Literacy Database,
a one-stop source for Canadian resources and events.
The first new feature will list sources of funding available to support
financial literacy initiatives, while the other will allow
organizations to post volunteer opportunities. These two additions will
make the database more useful to community groups and non-profit
organizations looking for funding programs and volunteers so they can
continue to have a positive impact in helping Canadians better manage
This year's FLM will focus on three areas: empower Canadians to manage
their money and debt wisely, plan and save for their future, and
prevent and protect against fraud and financial abuse. It will also
provide Canadians and organizations alike an opportunity to share
information and tools on, for instance, how to budget, choose a credit
card, buy a house, plan for retirement or recognize common scams.
2015 marks the 5th anniversary of November as Financial Literacy Month in Canada as
proclaimed by the Canadian Parliament. The first month in 2011 was the
result of work between the Financial Literacy Action Group and the
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). It brought together 75
organizations to hold 200 events across the country to strengthen
Canadians' financial literacy.
FLM 2014 featured 1,266 workshops, seminars and other events. Events
were held every day of November, in every province and territory in
Canada. FCAC participated in 44 FLM-related activities, hosted the National Conference on Financial Literacy, and launched the Canadian Financial Literacy Database and the Self-assessment quiz.
The Canadian Financial Literacy Database is a one-stop source for
information that ranges from how to open a bank account, access
government benefits, budget and save, to how to protect yourself from
fraud. It also offers organizations a platform to promote their tools
The database includes more than 1,000 resources from more than 115
organizations. It also provides Canadians with a list of the financial
education activities and events taking place in November across the country.
Organizations are encouraged to submit their financial literacy
activities and events slated for November 2015 in the database via the input tool.
Everyone is encouraged to take part in the FLM daily challenge on
Twitter and Facebook.
"The ABLE Financial Empowerment Conference is a perfect venue to launch
this year's Financial Literacy Month. Throughout all of November, the
spotlight is on the importance of financial literacy to the lives of
each and every Canadian. And it's an opportunity to highlight all the
great services and resources offered in communities across the country;
many of which are represented here today."
Jane Rooney, Financial Literacy Leader
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Join the conversation via #FLM2015 and #CountMeInCA
SOURCE Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
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