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Toronto Youth Cabinet petitioning MoE for more financial literacy

Yesterday’s Mirror included a special feature article by Tara Hatherly titled Youth Cabinet Helping Improve Financial Literacy (see page 8). See also here. The article is all about the organization Toronto Youth Cabinet‘s (TYC) who met with the Education Minister on November 1 to petition  “to have a clearly defined financial literacy component added to Ontario’s  Grade 10 career studies course”. Prakash Amarasooriya, who is representing the TYC in this initiative, believes that teachers also require training “to deliver that material in a competent and confident way.”

From the TYC’s web site: “Established in 1998 by Toronto City Council, The Toronto Youth Cabinet is the official youth advisory body to the City of Toronto. The Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) is a youth-led advocacy group that promotes youth participation in civic affairs.

The TYC advocates on youth issues with various youth organizations across the city, and promotes youth involvement in policy development. TYC membership is open to youth between the ages of 13 and 24 who live, work, or learn in the City of Toronto.”

The Ministry tweeted …

Hey , I hear you on ! Good news: We’re improving financial literacy for students!

Check it out! Rowan






November 18, 2016 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Websites supporting November Financial Literacy Month

November is Financial Literacy Month. Here are selected websites with information, lesson plans, games, videos etc. Always review sites critically before using.

Canadian Bankers’ Association. Financial Literacy

Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE)

EduGains. Financial Literacy.

Faculty of Education at Western and The Investor Education Fund Promoting Financial Literacy. Financial Literacy Resources for Teachers.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.

Manitoba Securities Commission. Make it count. An Instructor’s Guide for Youth Money Management.  

Credit Counselling Society. My Money Coach. Financial literacy. For Teachers.

Ontario. Ministry of Education.

Ontario Securities Commission. Cranial Cas$ Cla$h.

Ontario Teachers’ Federation. Inspire Financial Learning.

Visa. Practical Money Skills Canada.

Check ’em out! Rowan

November 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm 2 comments

MoE: financial literacy & student success and wellness (2 news releases)

Today, the Ministry released 2 announcements / news releases – one on financial literacy, the other on student success and wellness.

Improving Financial Literacy for Ontario Students. Selected from the news release:  Ontario has published two documents detailing opportunities and topics related to financial literacy and how it is woven throughout Ontario’s elementary and secondary curriculum. An updated version of these will be published in the 2016-17 school year.

Additional Resources


Ontario Supporting Student Success and Wellness: Province Seeking Input on Well-Being in Schools . Selected from the news release:  The province is consulting with a diverse range of partners in education, health care, youth justice, social services, business, arts and culture and the non-profit sector, as well as francophone partners and communities to incorporate their unique identities, cultural backgrounds and perspectives. The ministry is also working with Indigenous partners to co-develop supports and indicators of well-being for Indigenous students that can help inform the larger well-being strategy for all students.

People can read the engagement paper entitled Well-Being in Our Schools, Strength in Our Society, and submit their views by:

Check it out! Rowan

November 3, 2016 at 2:25 pm 1 comment

Financial Education should include payday loans

The Toronto Star, Business section (p. B1, 5), Wednesday 26, 2016, includes  an article by Sunny Freeman titled Payday Loan Report Calls for Financial Education

This article references 2 reports released on Oct 25 addressing the socio-economic issues attached to Canadians who use payday loans and the impact of high interest rates on  debt cycles. While there are calls to the government to control the interest rates and restrict the number of times a borrower can renew the loans, there is also a call for greater  education about this issue.

The reports refer to education more as consumer education event and not specifically something that needs to be added to the K-12 curriculum (not mentioned at all). But it has to start somewhere.

Here are the links to the 2 reports:

ONE: The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada – here is the news release and the report   Payday Loans: Market Trends. The Agency recommends the following:

“6.1. Promoting consumer awareness through educational resources

FCAC will adapt its existing consumer education materials and develop new materials to address the gaps identified through this research. Our goal is to help Canadians make more informed borrowing decisions and to seek appropriate assistance as required.”

TWO: Conference Board of Canada – here is the news release and the report Filling the Gap—Canada’s Payday Lenders 

From the news release highlights “In addition to considering appropriate regulations, better consumer education would be a critical step in protecting the financial welfare of Canadian payday loan borrowers.”

Check it out! Rowan

October 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Toronto Star offers a free financial literacy program

November is Financial Literacy Month and the Toronto Star in collaboration with the TD Bank is offering free copies of a financial literacy program for grades 7- 12. Teachers must reserve the resource (25 student copies, 1 teacher PDF guide) before October 26. 

From their site: 

“This unit lets students look at ways to manage the money in their lives. It looks at some of the financial choices that are available to them and examines the rewards and consequences of their financial decisions.

Student loans. Credit cards. Saving for studies after high school. These are just some of the money choices that they will need to deal with by the time they finish high school. Now is the time for them to begin thinking about some of the choices that they will soon need to make.

Your Money Matters! provides practical, real-world money management examples that will help students develop critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills.”

Check it out!


October 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

National Strategy of Financial Literacy (Canada) released today

Released this morning, and from their news release, the ” Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney today launched the National Strategy for Financial Literacy—Count me in, Canada at an event held at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. The strategy is a call to action for all Canadians to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make good financial decisions.

  • The National Strategy for Financial Literacy will engage public, private and non-profit organizations to help Canadians attain three goals:
    1. manage money and debt wisely
    2. plan and save for the future
    3. prevent and protect against fraud and financial abuse”

To get more information,here are some useful links associated with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada:

Read today’s Globe and Mail article Financial Literacy is a ticking Time Bomb by Rob Carrick

K-12 teachers should be checking this out!


June 9, 2015 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Yesterday was “Talk to Our Kids about Money Day”

April 15 2015 was Talk to Our Kids About Money Day. It is a program created by the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education and sponsored by BMO. The website includes two toolkits: for for schools (Grade 7 students, teachers) and a home program (all ages).  The school toolkit includes a variety of classroom ideas and activities supporting the different curricula areas, teachers guides, useful Canadian links. You will need to register to gain access to the resources. The CFEE site also provides access to a variety of other programs, eg Youth and Money, and Managing Your Money In Canada.

Check it out


April 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

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