Learn about money all year long

By Jane Rooney, Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader

December 5, 2016

Last month, my team and I crossed the country from east to west marking Financial Literacy Month (FLM). I saw tremendous enthusiasm in communities across Canada!

I was also reminded how important financial literacy is, not just during FLM, but all year long.

During November, I met young people in Toronto and Kingston who want to get on a good financial path themselves but also help their peers through their own conferences and websites, which is tremendous. I talked to seniors and people heading towards retirement. I spoke with financial professionals, teachers, accountants, politicians and non-profit organizations about how we can all help give Canadians the knowledge, skills and confidence to make sound financial decisions.

In Vancouver, I went to the launch of a new program called "Each One, Teach One", where I met newcomers who are learning their rights and responsibilities as consumers in this country. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada hosted a National Research Symposium in Moncton and heard about cutting edge research that will help us learn innovative ways to help Canadians to budget, save and live within their means. And I saw so many great initiatives that were fun and engaging, including a new mobile game "Save the Camp!" that helps students learn about money and "Funny Money" teach teachers about key money concepts that can help students and parents manage their money better. 

Financial literacy is a critical life skill. It’s important that Canadians learn to manage their money and their debt. We all have a role to play, whether we are parents, educators, employers, or organizations helping people improve their financial literacy. 

I encourage you to keep in touch through our website, Twitter account and Facebook page. All year long, and as your circumstances change, use the tools and resources listed in the Canadian Financial Literacy Database.

Thank you for following us during FLM!

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