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Financial Literacy Month (November)

Every November, we celebrate Financial Literacy Month (FLM). Watch for workshops, helpful tips and contests all month long!

What is financial literacy?

Financial literacy is having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions.

  • Knowledge refers to an understanding of personal and broader financial matters.
  • Skills refer to the ability to apply that financial knowledge in everyday life.
  • Confidence means having the self-assurance to make important decisions.
  • Responsible financial decisions refers to the ability of individuals to use the knowledge, skills and confidence they have gained to make choices appropriate to their own circumstances.1

Being financially literate can help Canadians to:

  • Decide how they will spend their money and meet their financial obligations.
  • Make sense of the financial marketplace and buy products and services best suited to their needs.
  • Manage their personal finances and plan ahead for life events, such as home ownership or retirement.
  • Ask and understand how they can benefit from local, provincial and national government programs and systems.
  • Assess the financial information and advice they receive from relatives and friends, professionals or the media.
  • Maximize the use of resources they have access to, including workplace benefits, private and public pensions, tax credits, public benefits, investments, home equity and access to credit.1

Task Force on Financial Literacy, Canadians and Their Money: Building a brighter financial future (2010)

What is Financial Literacy Month in Canada?

November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM). Under the direction of the Financial Literacy Leader, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) helps co-ordinate the efforts of, and increase collaboration between, organizations from the private, public and non-profit sectors 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.

​​Throughout November, organizations and individuals from across the country are invited to participate in events aimed at helping Canadians learn how to manage their personal finances successfu​lly.

A complete list of events and res​ources offered by financial education providers is available in the Canadian Financial Literacy Database​.

How does SAFA recognize FLM?

In Fall 2017, Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) will provide you with financial tips on Facebook and Twitter and bring in guests from outside financial organizations to hold workshops and information sessions. We will also have contests and prizes!

Fun Friday

Watch the university's Facebook and Twitter accounts for winning #FLM2017 words and phrases. If you stop by the SAFA office with the word or phrase, you’ll win a prize.


Financial literacy pizza lunch-and-learn workshops will be held in the Fall 2017. November 2016 seminars included:

  • OSAP - The Road to Repayment (webinar)
  • SAFA - For the Love of Money
  • Personal financial planning with Assante Financial Management Ltd.

Financial literacy workshops are also held throughout the year. Learn more about workshops.

Financial Literacy Month information alley

Stop by to talk with the university's services and external organizations about financial tools, planning, budgeting, part-time jobs, student loans and more.

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