Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month

Date posted: November 4, 2013

November is Financial Literacy Month. Here are a few of our library resources on financial literacy.

A Canadian’s Guide to Money-Smart Living
Kelley Keehn. Toronto: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2012.
Financial expert Kelley Keehn covers the basics of money management such as budgeting, financial conversations, mortgages, debt, and credit scores. She seeks to help Canadians to understand how to live money-smart and she provides step-by-step instructions on how to become financially free. This book was awarded an Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Award.

Easy money. Good reads series.
Gail Vaz-Oxlade. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2010.
In an honest, practical style, this book shows how to make your money work for you. Budgeting, saving, and getting debt paid off are explained in an easy to understand way. An online reading guide is available at

Financial basics: a financial literacy workshop. (kit)

Ottawa, Ont.: Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, 2010.
This kit contains the materials to present a workshop to help participants learn how to make a budget, manage expenses, understand credit and debt management, protect themselves from fraud, and save for the future. The CD includes all the workshop materials including presentation slides, evaluation forms, and promotional artwork. It is intended for use by post-secondary educational institutions, community organizations, and in the workplace.

Money math.
Lisa Campbell. Yellowknife, NT: NWT Literacy Council, 2009.
Also available online at
This workbook contains math exercises organized around the theme of money: personal finances, saving money, and consumer math. It can be used in conjunction with ‘Simply Math’ , a book that reviews the math operations needed to solve the problems.

Money matters.
Toronto, Ont.: ABC Life Literacy Canada, 2011.
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This resource includes the course materials, practitioner guide, volunteer-tutor guide and volunteer training information for a free financial literacy and education savings program for adult learners. It was developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada with TD Bank Group and the Government of Canada. Money Matters brings TD Bank Group volunteer-tutors into community learning centres across Canada to teach numeracy and financial skills. The program is delivered in 2 four-hour units covering spending plans, banking basics, borrowing money, and RESPs and other ways to save.

Money skills manual: financial literacy.
Vancouver, BC: Family Services of Greater Vancouver, 2009.
This is the manual for the 4 session Money Skills program, a free program offered through partnerships between Family Services of Greater Vancouver, their sponsors and community organizations across the Lower Mainland. It covers the topics of budgeting, banking, credit and consumerism, and was designed to offer practical knowledge to diverse populations, including low income participants, women, seniors, immigrants and refugees.

For more resources, browse our Financial Literacy Resource List

And, to borrow any of these materials, email

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