The City is a learning program developed by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) and the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC). It teaches young people financial skills that they can carry with them throughout their lives.
The resource is ready to use with lesson plans, overheads, income, expense and budget handouts, and a variety of worksheets. Understanding basic concepts such as budgeting and savings, credit and debt, and financial planning will arm students with the tools they need to navigate the financial realities of adulthood.
The City: Introduction and reference documents
Module 1: Pre-Assessment
A short pre-test designed to show students what they know — and don’t know — about personal finances.
Module 2: Lifestyle Reality Check
An interactive worksheet that shows students how their expectations for their future lifestyle match up against their projected income.
- Alberta (PDF, 2.32 MB)
- British Columbia (PDF, 4.22 MB)
- Manitoba (PDF, 2.67 MB)
- New Brunswick (PDF, 2.12 MB)
- Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF, 1.96 MB)
- North West Territories (PDF, 1.24 MB)
- Nova Scotia (PDF, 3.02 MB)
- Nunavut (PDF, 1.24 MB)
- Ontario (PDF, 3.09 MB)
- Prince Edward Island (PDF, 1.76 MB)
- Quebec (PDF, 1.51 MB)
- Saskatchewan (PDF, 2.97 MB)
- Yukon (PDF, 1.29 MB)
Module 3: Welcome to The City
Students get to know fictional characters, which they’ll use to explore various financial situations and documents.
Module 4: Needs, Wants and Priorities
Students discover the difference between needs and wants and how to set spending priorities.
Module 5: Income, Expenses and Budgets
Students research and prepare a realistic budget for their transition from high school.
Module 6: Savings and Banking
Students look at the benefits of starting to save early, banking services they’ll need and how to protect themselves from identity theft.
Module 7: Credit and Debt
Students learn about the role of credit in financial planning and how to manage debt.
Module 8: Insurance
Students peek inside the world of insurance and identify what types of insurance they will need after high school.
Module 9: Investing
The investing world is explored, including the importance of having investment goals and different types of products that exist.
Module 10: My Financial Plan
Students prepare a detailed financial plan for their transition from high school.
Module 11: Post-Assessment
Students revisit the Pre-assessment to see what they have learned.
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