"Financial literacy" means having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions. Within that definition,
Financial literacy is an essential life skill. Credit cards, bank accounts and debt have become the norm. Yet, many people, particularly young Canadians, lack the money management skills they will need throughout adulthood.
The ability to make informed financial decisions is essential to our well-being at every stage in our life. These decisions range from daily spending and budgeting to choices involving borrowing money, buying insurance, saving for retirement, owning home or continuing education.
"The mission of strengthening the financial literacy of Canadians is a shared responsibility among many stakeholders. This mission will not be realized without the combined efforts of individuals, families, governments, educators, financial services providers, employers, labour organizations, businesses and voluntary organizations."
– Task Force on Financial Literacy (December 2010 Report)
By taking an active role in educating, transferring knowledge and creating awareness about financial concepts, you are contributing to the mission to increase financial literacy levels among Canadians.
FCAC has developed educational programs in collaboration with partners from the several sectors of the economy: federal and provincial governments, the financial industry, non-for-profit and community-based organizations and colleges and universities. These programs were developed to be delivered in a variety of ways to enable participants to learn basic and introductory money management skills.
Aside from producing the program materials, FCAC provides facilitators with: