About Financial Literacy Month

What is Financial Literacy Month?

November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM). Organizations from the private, public and non-profit sectors are collaborating to promote financial literacy for Canadians of all ages. Strengthening the financial well-being of Canadians is the vision of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy—Count me in, Canada.

Through FLM, organizations across the country present resources, host workshops, seminars and other events to help Canadians learn how to manage their personal finances successfully.

What is the purpose of FLM 2015?

This year’s FLM aims to rally the organizations and individuals across Canada to support the national strategy. Launched in June 2015, the strategy’s three goals are to help Canadians:

  • manage money and debt wisely
  • plan and save for the future
  • prevent and protect against fraud and financial abuse.

What is the theme of FLM 2015?

“Count me in, Canada” is this year’s FLM theme, underlining the fact that building financial literacy in Canada depends on the involvement and coordinated efforts of the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Why is financial literacy important?

Financial literacy is important for individuals, but also to the economy as a whole. Understanding the basics about money is as essential today as numeracy and basic literacy.

What kind of organizations will host events during FLM 2015?

Organizations from the private, public and non-profit sectors will be holding events and providing resources to people to strengthen their financial literacy. A complete list of events and resources is available in the Canadian Financial Literacy Database.

What is FCAC’s role during FLM 2015?

Under the leadership of the Financial Literacy Leader, FCAC helps coordinate the efforts of, and increase collaboration between, stakeholders working to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians.

How can individuals take part in FLM 2015?

We hope Canadians will take part in the vast number of activities designed to increase their financial literacy during FLM 2015.

The Canadian Financial Literacy Database provides a list of the financial education events taking place in cities or provinces across the country. We hope Canadians will “count themselves in” as supporters of this national effort to build financial knowledge across the country and join the conversation on social media.

How can I find events near me during FLM 2015?

All events are listed in the Canadian Financial LiteracyDatabase.

How can I share events and resources with others?

Join the conversation to help spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy. Use the hashtags #FLM2015 and #CountMeInCA to follow and share information on social media.

How can I list my organization’s resources or events in the CFLD?

FCAC invites financial education providers across the country to include their resources and events in the database using the resource database input tool. To ensure the credibility and usefulness of the resources and tools listed, FCAC will review all submissions against a set of publicly-shared criteria before including them in the database.

How can I get involved?

Take part in our daily challenge on Facebook and Twitter, and follow the Canadian Financial Literacy Database for events in your area.

History of FLM

In 2012, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed each November as Financial Literacy Month.

The first FLM was launched in 2011 with the Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG) to raise awareness among Canadians and stakeholders about the importance of financial literacy in strengthening an individual’s financial well-being. The first FLM brought together 75 organizations to hold 200 events across the country to strengthen financial literacy.

Since then, the momentum has been building as community organizations, volunteer groups, agencies from all levels of government, employers and private companies have become involved in FLM. 

Last year, FLM 2014 featured 1,266 workshops, seminars and other events. Events were held every day of November, in every province and territory in Canada. FCAC participated in 44 FLM-related activities, hosted the National Conference on Financial Literacy, and launched the Canadian Financial Literacy Database and the Self-assessment quiz

Number of FLM events 2011-14: 2011: 200; 2012: 275; 2013: 443; 2014: 1266