The Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum “Talk With Our Kids about Money” Day

April 2, 2014

The Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum is asking Manitobans to mark our calendars for April 16, 2014 as a day to have a conversation with our kids about financial literacy. The Forum has compiled some resources listed below to help with those conversations.

The Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to promote lifelong financial education and skills to Manitobans. The Forum is currently comprised of more than 50 active members, including government agencies, private businesses, not-for-profit organizations, financial educators, credit counselling services and volunteer groups, as well as individuals and families.

The Forum’s goal is to educate young Manitobans to be among the most financially literate groups in Canada.

Why does financial literacy matter?
Young people handle money matters as often as anyone else. What can I afford to eat for lunch? What will I wear when the weather drops to -30°? How much does a bus pass cost? Can I afford that new phone? Should I go out with my friends tonight? How will I pay for college? Students face questions like these every day, and it’s important that they have the tools and know-how to make smart financial decisions now and in the future.

What is financial literacy?
Being financially literate is having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions – important resources to have at any age.

Resources:
Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE)
Investors Group, Money and Youth Program
Manitoba Securities Commission, Make it Count Program
Credit Counselling Society, Raising Financially Responsible Teens; and
Raising Financially Fit Kids
Department of Education and Advanced Learning, Building Futures

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