About Financial Literacy Month

What is Financial Literacy Month

November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM). Under the leadership of the Financial Literacy Leader, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) helps coordinate the efforts of, and increase collaboration between, organizations from the private, public and non-profit sectors to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians and empower them to:

  • manage money and debt wisely
  • save for the future
  • understand their financial rights and responsibilities

Strengthening the financial well-being of Canadians is the vision of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy—Count me in, Canada.

​​Throughout November, organizations and individuals from across the country are encouraged to host and participate in events and share resources aimed at helping Canadians learn how to manage their personal finances successfu​lly. 

A complete list of financial literacy events and res​ources offered by Canadian organizations is available in the Canadian Financial Literacy Database​.​ During FLM, FCAC promotes the November calendar of events.

​What is the theme of Financial Literacy Month 2017​

This year’s FLM theme "Take charge of your finances: It pays to know!" encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to better manage their money and debt, including making a budget, having a savings plan and understanding their financial rights and responsibilities.

Throughout the month, FCAC will feature weekly sub-themes that bring attention to the benefits of basic money management practices at different stages of life and encourage Canadians to reduce debt and save for the future. They are:

Week 1 (November 1-4) - Achieve financial well-being
Week 2 (November 5-11) - Live within your means
Week 3 (November 12-18) - Manage money for student life
Week 4 (November 19-25) - Teach children about money
Week 5 (November 26-30) - Know your financial rights and responsibilities

How can I promote Financial Literacy Month

​​Download promotional material, such as web banners, infographics and a social media guide, to promote FLM in your community, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word and raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy. Use the hashtags #FLM2017 and #ItPaysToKnow to follow and share information on social media.​

How can I list my organization’s resources or events in the Canadian Financial Literacy Database​

​FCAC invites organizations across the country to include their financial literacy resources and events in the database. Simply login, if you already have an account, or register to submit your information into the database. To ensure the credibility and usefulness of the resources and tools listed, FCAC will review all submissions against a set of publicly-shared criteria before including them in the database.​

Why is financial literacy important​

​Financial literacy is important for the financial well-being of individuals, but also for the economy as a whole. Understanding the basics about money is as essential today as numeracy and basic literacy.​

Financial literacy research​

Financial literacy research is a key part of FCAC’s efforts to improve financial literacy by understanding behaviour and attitudes behind financial decisions. We also need to understand the financial ecosystem within which these decisions are made. ​

History of Financial Literacy Month

In 2012, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed each November as Financial Literacy Month. ​

The first FLM was launched in 2011 with the Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG) to raise awareness among Canadians and stakeholders about the importance of financial literacy in strengthening an individual’s financial well-being. The first FLM brought together 75 organizations to hold 200 events across the country to strengthen financial literacy. ​

Since then, the momentum has been building as community organizations, volunteer groups, agencies from all levels of government, employers and private companies have become involved in FLM. ​

During FLM 2016​, 1,214 workshops, seminars and other events were added to the Canadian Financial Literacy Database. Events were held every day of November across Canada. FCAC participated in 17 FLM-related activities.​​

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