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February 7, 2011 11:57 AM

Canadian Colleges to Offer Financial Literacy Workshops for Young Adults

Responding to widespread concern about the lack of understanding of basic financial concepts and their real-life applications, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) has partnered with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) and the Investor Education Fund (IEF) to organize financial literacy workshops at 10 colleges across the country.

Many young people get their first experience managing finances when they go away to college or university. The Financial Basics workshop offers participants a hands-on learning experience on topics of vital importance to responsible management of personal finances and teaches them money management skills for life. These topics include managing expenses, credit and debt; protecting oneself from fraud; and saving for the future.

“Financial literacy is an essential skill for all Canadians,” says James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “For young adults, it makes it possible to manage their monthly budgets while saving for future goals such as buying a house. Colleges are the perfect choice to deliver this kind of workshop because of their close ties with their local communities.”

Financial Basics was developed by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and the Investor Education Fund, in collaboration with Ellen Roseman, financial author and journalist.

“Post secondary students are, in many cases, at the age where they can apply for loans, credit cards and other financial services. A clear understanding of the fundamentals of financial products is vital to help them avoid costly mistakes. I’m pleased that this partnership with ACCC and IEF will allow us to reach so many college students so quickly,” said FCAC Commissioner Ursula Menke. “Financial literacy is an important component of the work of the Agency, which also provides objective information on financial products and services to Canadian consumers”.

“Developing and supporting opportunities for life-long financial learning in schools, in communities and online has been our mandate for over a decade,” says IEF President Tom Hamza. “Our research shows that people new to managing their money want and need the information they will get from the Financial Basics workshop. It will provide a solid foundation of skills and knowledge on which they can build as their financial learning needs change throughout their lives.”

This partnership enables colleges across the country to deliver Financial Basics workshops in French or English this February and March. The following colleges will be offering the workshop: Algonquin College (Ottawa, ON), Assiniboine Community College (Brandon, MB), Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É.(Wellington, PEI), Conestoga College (Kitchener, ON), La Cité collégiale (Ottawa, ON), Nova Scotia Community College (Halifax, NS), Parkland College (Melville, SK), Seneca College (Markham, ON), St-Clair College (Windsor, ON), Vancouver Community College (Vancouver, BC).

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For more information contact:
Judy Barbeau
ACCC Communications
Tel.: 613-746-5656