Financial literacy committees and networks

From: Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

The Financial Literacy Leader is working closely with the following committees and networks to implement the National Strategy for Financial Literacy—Count me in, Canada.

National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy

The National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy provides guidance and advice to the Financial Literacy Leader, Jane Rooney. Members act as champions for the National Strategy for Financial Literacy—Count me in, Canada, and provide leadership within their respective sectors, engaging broad stakeholder communities in working to advance the strategy’s goals and reporting to the Financial Literacy Leader on progress. Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney announced the membership of the second National Steering Committee in Ottawa on February 14, 2017. The 15 new members were selected from more than 120 applicants and represent a broad range of public, private and non-profit organizations from across Canada. Among the members are financial education leaders experienced in working with groups including seniors, Indigenous Canadians, newcomers, children and youth and low-income Canadians.

National Steering Committee members submitted plans supporting financial literacy in Canada in 2017, including 113 initiatives.  When their first year reports were completed in May 2018, this number had increased to 164, many of which aim to reach all three goals of the National Strategy.  Click here for an infographic highlighting these initiatives.

The Steering Committee meets at least three times a year. The initial term of appointment is two years. Members may be reappointed at the discretion of the Financial Literacy Leader. 

Financial Literacy Working Group for the Workplace

The Financial Literacy Working Group for the Workplace was formed as a key component of FCAC’s workplace initiative. The objective of the workplace initiative is to strengthen the knowledge, skills and confidence of working Canadians to improve their financial well-being. The Working Group reports to the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy. 

The Working Group will contribute their knowledge and expertise to the development of a Best Practices Framework. This framework will provide employers of all sizes with the best practices, tools and resources needed to implement a financial literacy program within their organizations.

Participants of the Financial Literacy Working Group for the Workplace are:

  • Caroline Curran, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Janice MacLellan, The Canadian Payroll Association
  • Indi Madar, Canadian Credit Union Association
  • Susan Murray, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
  • Andrew Nicholson, New Brunswick’s Financial and Consumer Services Commission
  • Mack Rogers, ABC Life Literacy Canada
  • Valérie Sauvé, Autorité des marchés financiers 
  • Robert Stapleford, Canadian Institute of Actuaries
  • Doretta Thompson, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Patricia White, Credit Counselling Canada

Financial Literacy Working Group for Indigenous Peoples

The Financial Literacy Working Group for Indigenous Peoples was established to assist FCAC in responding to the financial literacy needs of Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nations. The working group is comprised of leaders from a broad representation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and its mandate is to undertake financial literacy initiatives that are community-driven, created for and with Indigenous Peoples. The working group will focus efforts on sharing information about Indigenous financial literacy initiatives, establishing collaborative partnerships for developing and delivering new initiatives and identifying gaps that could be addressed by undertaking research.

Research Sub-Committee (2018-2020)

The Research Sub-Committee advises the Financial Literacy Leader and the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy on research-related matters. Members are mandated to work in collaboration with other stakeholders to coordinate research initiatives, promote research findings, and contribute to the development of the field of financial literacy research.

Current key deliverables for the Research Sub-Committee are the following:

Members of the Research Sub-Committee are:

  • Bruno Lévesque (Chair), Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
  • Jerry Buckland, Menno Simons College
  • Karen Duncan, University of Manitoba
  • Andrea Hasler, George Washington University
  • Jodi Letkiewicz, York University
  • Allison Meserve, Prosper Canada
  • Pierre-Carl Michaud, HEC Montreal
  • Nicole Robitaille, Queen's University
  • David Rothwell, Oregon State University
  • Bettina Schneider, First Nations University of Canada
  • Dilip Soman, University of Toronto
  • Brenda Spotton Visano, York University
  • Jiaying Zhao, University of British Columbia

Interdepartmental Committee on Financial Literacy

The Interdepartmental Committee on Financial Literacy is chaired by the Financial Literacy Leader. Composed of representatives from federal government departments and agencies with an interest in financial literacy, the Committee meets twice a year to: 

  • contribute to the implementation of the national strategy for financial literacy
  • facilitate information sharing with federal departments and agencies
  • identify gaps and opportunities to collaborate and coordinate on financial literacy initiatives across federal departments and agencies
  • facilitate an integrated approach that seeks to embed financial literacy in federal government programs, policies and training
  • increase efficiency by resolving overlapping initiatives and avoiding duplication of effort
  • engage stakeholders in research and discussion on financial literacy

Member organizations include:  

  • Bank of Canada 
  • Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation 
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 
  • Canada Revenue Agency 
  • Canada School of Public Service 
  • Competition Bureau 
  • Department of Finance Canada
  • Employment and Social Development Canada—Canada Student Loans Program 
  • Employment and Social Development Canada—Program Policy Development 
  • Employment and Social Development Canada—Seniors and Pensions Policy Secretariat
  • Employment and Social Development Canada—Social Policy Directorate 
  • Employment and Social Development Canada—Workplace Partnerships Directorate 
  • Financial Consumer Agency of Canada 
  • Global Affairs Canada 
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada—Digital Policy Branch 
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada—Office of Consumer Affairs 
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada—Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy 
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada 
  • Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions 
  • Public Health Agency of Canada 
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada—Receiver General Modernization 
  • Service Canada 
  • SISIP Financial Services 
  • Statistics Canada 
  • Status of Women Canada

​Financial literacy networks

In recent years, networks have sprung up across the country to advance financial literacy. Organizations have come together to harness their resources and work collaboratively toward a common goal, sharing information and best practices for the benefit of their community.  

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