JA Canada Endorses Financial Literacy Plan for Ontario Students

    Not-for-profit educational organization offers over 55 years of
    programming experience to Ontario government

TORONTO, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada(TM)), the largest provider of youth financial literacy programs, says the McGuinty government is on the right track to enhance the existing curriculum. JA Canada is offering its expertise; over 72,000 Ontario students participated in a JA financial literacy program last year alone.

"We at JA Canada applaud the Ministry of Education and its decision to introduce financial literacy curriculum to Ontario students," said Ross Maund President and CEO of JA Canada. "Our in-school financial literacy programs currently reach more than 137,000 students annually across Canada, including 72,000 in Ontario. We would be delighted to consult closely with the Minister, the working group and the Curriculum Council to create practical material for the classroom."

JA Canada has two recently revised youth financial literacy programs specifically designed for middle school and high school students: JA Economics for Success and JA Dollars with Sense, both accredited in Ontario. These programs also reinforce Ministry of Education priorities of "Success for Students" and "Strong People, Strong Economy" as curriculum-support options for teachers.

"JA Canada believes strongly in ensuring students are making smart choices about their money. This is a great step forward," said Maund.

About JA Canada(TM)

Junior Achievement is the largest provider of youth development programs and resources that support educators. Across Canada, JA reaches more than 210,000 students annually with financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs that are delivered free-of-charge by over 10,000 volunteer business advisors. Since 1955, JA has inspired and prepared nearly four million Canadian youth to succeed in a global economy.

SOURCE Junior Achievement of Canada

For further information: For further information: Media Relations Contact: Tracy Nixon, Director of Marketing, JA Canada, (416) 622-4602 ext. 229, tnixon@jacan.org

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