The increasing financial vulnerability of Canadian households

The ballooning cost of living has had a disproportionate impact on low-income households, 77.6% of whom are financially vulnerable or extremely financially vulnerable. Prosper Canada's recently commissioned study from the Financial Resilience Institute, shows the unarguable deteriorating state of finances of Canadian households.

Eloise Duncan (Founder and CEO Financial Resilience Institute) presents an Overview of Financial Vulnerability of Low-Income Canadians: A Rising Tide study data.

The overview is followed by a panel discussion on how increasing financial vulnerability is playing out in communities and how policymakers should respond.

Panel speakers are:

  • Sasha McNicoll (Prosper Canada)
  • Eloise Duncan, (Financial Resilience Institute)
  • Louise Simbandumwe (SEED Winnipeg)

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Time-stamps for the video recording:
00:00 – Start

6:05 – Agenda and Introductions

8:24 – Overview of Financial vulnerability, of low-income Canadians: A rising tide (Speaker: Eloise Duncan)

25:40 – Panel discussion: how increasing financial vulnerability is playing out in community and how policy makers should respond.

45:35 – Q&A

Investing with confidence for financially vulnerable Canadians


When it comes to investing, there are many considerations to make before choosing if and what types of investments are best for your situation.

This webinar explores the topic of investor education and consumer protection for financially vulnerable Canadians. We'll start by discussing the basics of investments and ways to determine if investing is right for you. We'll then discuss some common investment frauds and how to protect yourself, then examine some real-life scenarios of fraudulent investment activity and the steps needed to take action if you are victimized.

The webinar speakers are:

  • Tasmin Waley (FAIR Canada)
  • Christine Allum (Ontario Securities Commission)
  • Brigette Catellier (Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School)

This webinar will benefit frontline practitioners supporting those in financially vulnerable situations, who may be considering investing or have already invested. 

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Time-stamps for the video recording:
3:24 – Agenda and Introductions
6:36 – Audience poll questions
9:33 – FAIR Canada presentation (speaker: Tasmin Waley)
24:07 – Ontario Securities Commission presentation (speaker: Christine Allum)
39:10 – Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School (speaker: Brigitte Catellier)
51:34 – Q&A


Redefining financial vulnerability in Canada

How we define financial vulnerability ultimately determines what supports are created and for whom. Is the current definition aimed at helping everyone who needs it?

This webinar explores the conception and redefining of financial vulnerability in Canada based on the research and findings from the book Financial Vulnerability in Canada: The Embedded Experience of Households. These research findings will then be highlighted through discussion of first-hand frontline experiences, with a focus on importance of providing financial help services using a trauma-informed approach.

The webinar speakers are:

  • Jerry Buckland (Canadian Mennonite University)
  • Brenda Spotton Visano (York University)
  • Margaret Yu (Momentum)

This webinar will benefit frontline practitioners supporting those in financially vulnerable situations, as well as those who influence or inform policy decisions. 

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Time-stamps for the video recording:
6:17 – Agenda and Introductions
9:53 – Redefining financial vulnerability in Canada (speaker: Jerry Buckland and Brenda Spotton Visano)
24:33 – Audience poll question 1
30:02 – Audience poll questions 2 & 3
36:45 – Audience poll question 4
41:00 – Financial Empowerment (Speaker: Margaret Yu)
55:02 – Q&A


Tools for building financial wellbeing in First Nation communities

The Financial Wellness in First Nations project is a two-year pilot project where with support from Prosper Canada and advisory support from AFOA Canada, FEC partners in Winnipeg and Sudbury will adapt current models that address the needs and capacities of First Nation communities. 

This collection of financial empowerment tools and resources may be shared with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations building financial wellness in FN communities.

This toolkit has been compiled by Prosper Canada, with support from:

SEED Winnipeg,

Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS),

Sudbury Community Service Centre,

AFOA Canada

 

 



*Resource is not specific to Indigenous communities

Money Management:

Dollars and Sense Program– AFOA Canada
Financial workshops for youth
Managing your money – Prosper Canada
Worksheets to set and work towards money goals
Financial literacy for Indigenous Peoples – RBC
A two-hour course on financial basics
Money Matters for Indigenous Peoples – ABC Literacy
Money Matters workbooks
Money stories– SEED Winnipeg
Customized money management training program for Indigenous youth
Empower U– Esquao Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women
Financial literacy program
The Game Plan – Indigenous Story Studio
Comic book on financial literacy (paid resource)
Financial Education Online*– Credit Counselling Society
Short online courses
Dollars and Sense* – Texas A&M (USA)
Online simulation for Middle and High School Students
Simple budget template* – Prosper Canada
Student budget worksheet* – FCAC
Gift planning worksheet*- Sudbury Community Service Centre
Budget planner* – Government of Canada

Debt/Credit:

Credit– AFOA Canada
A Money Smarts podcast on how to build and keep credit in good shape
Proper use of credit* – Sudbury Community Service Centre
Tips on how to build good strong credit
Collection Agencies and You*- Sudbury Community Service Centre
Tips on your rights if contacted by a collection agency
Credit report request form* – Sudbury Community Service Centre
Equifax and TransUnion request forms
Credit report sample*– FCAC
Dangers of credit* – Sudbury Community Service Centre
The dangers of the different forms of credit available
Payday loans and you* – Sudbury Community Service Centre
Understanding how pay day loans work
Dealing with debt* – Prosper Canada
A collection of worksheets to help you make a plan to deal with debt
Debt consolidation calculator * – Ontario Securities Commission
Combine multiple debts into one and calculate how soon you could be debt free
The 4 cornerstones of debt reduction strategies & budgeting* – Credit Counselling Society

Retirement:

Low-income retirement planning* Open Policy
A background paper on maximizing GIS

*Resource is not specific to Indigenous communities

Tax filing:

Roundtable on Income Tax Filing Supports in First Nation communities and Indigenous organizations (presentation) – Prosper Canada & AFOA Canada
Insights on planning free tax clinics in Indigenous communities – Prosper Canada
Podcast: Host a Free Tax Clinic – AFOA Canada
How to host a tax clinic (manual) – AFOA Canada
Tax packages*– CRA

Benefits:

Benefits wayfinder* Prosper Canada
Canada Learning Bond* – MySmartFUTURE, AFOA Canada
Canada Learning Bond*– Government of Canada
Podcast: Tax filing and accessing financial benefits -AFOA Canada

*Resource is not specific to Indigenous communities

Money Smarts -AFOA Canada
podcast series

The shared path- First Nations Financial Wellness– Prosper Canada & AFOA Canada

Financial empowerment: Personal finance for Indigenous and non-Indigenous People – Bettina Schneider
Adaptation of openly licensed textbook Person Finance v 1.0 by Saylor Academy

Financial health & wealth: an initiative by the Native Women’s Association of Canada 

Access to ID:

Access to Identification for Low-Income Manitobans* – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, MB
Research on what can be done to address challenges around ID
Eyeing the ID: Bio-metric Banking for Saint John* – NB Social Pediatrics and the Saint John Community Loan Fund
Identifies access to identification, as well as stringent identification requirements as the most prevalent barriers to receiving services


2022 Budget submission

Prosper Canada has submitted a budget to highlight that a plan is needed to ensure that vulnerable people are not made to repay unmanageable CERB/CRB debts, to pay back the income people lost when their refundable tax benefits were clawed back because of CERB, and to guarantee that CRB and CWLB are not clawed back from refundable tax credit payments in the 2021 and 2022 tax years.  



Municipal Toolkit: A toolkit for embedding financial empowerment supports into municipal services

Financial empowerment (FE) is an approach to poverty reduction that focuses on improving the financial security of people living on low income. Evidence shows that embedding FE interventions into municipal welfare, employment, housing, shelter and health services can significantly boost service outcomes and support the life stabilization framework.

If you are a manager or frontline staff working in municipal services and starting your FE journey, this toolkit can help you to begin embedding FE supports into your existing programs.

Prosperity Gateways: Cities for financial empowerment is an initiative at Prosper Canada which aims to reduce poverty by building financial help into municipal services used by residents with low incomes.

This toolkit has been made possible by the Government of Ontario, JP Morgan Chase and the Maytree Foundation. Prosper Canada is grateful to our financial empowerment community partners and Ontario Works offices for their collaboration in this effort. We also recognize related pioneering work by US-based Prosperity Now and the CFE Fund.

Worksheet resources in this toolkit are available as fillable PDFs. Please open with Adobe Acrobat Reader for full functionality.