The Canadian Foundation for Economic Education Launches "Talk With Our Kids
About Money Day" in Quebec
Program available for families and teachers to help youth better
understand money matters in their lives
- April 17 is the first annual "Talk With Our Kids About Money Day"
- The new program provides resources for teachers and families to
help start and continue conversations on money matters on the "Day" -
- Interactive contests for families, kids, teachers, and students
focusing on teaching kids about money
- BMO to support the program through branches in Quebec and across
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- The Canadian
Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) today announced a new
program for families, students and teachers that offers a simple way
to help young people in Quebec and across Canada learn more about
money and personal finances. The program is being supported by BMO
Details were unveiled in Montreal today by CFEE along with L. Jacques
Menard, President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec and Co-Chair of the
Task Force on Financial Literacy and representatives of school
boards, teacher associations, educators, parents/guardians, students,
the private sector, and NGO's. The event was hosted by the Chair and
CEO of the Grande Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec Guy
The new program is "Talk With Our Kids About Money Day" - an annual
event with the first "Day" scheduled for April 17, 2013. There will
be both a "Home Program" for families and a "School Program" for
students and teachers. In future years, the Day will be the third
Wednesday in April.
"The goal is to encourage conversations with kids about financial
matters," said Olier Caron, Chairman of the Board of CFEE. "We are
designating one day during the year when families and teachers can
make a point of talking with kids about money - whether around the
breakfast or dinner table, at bedtime, in a classroom, or reading and
listening to a news or entertainment program."
CFEE will provide support to "Talk With Our Kids About Money"
activities all year long.
The School Program will launch first in the greater metropolitan
areas of Montreal and Toronto and will expand across the country over
the next three years. For the School Program, a Teachers' Kit will be
provided to all schools registering to participate. Complete,
easy-to-use lesson plans will be provided to Grade 7 teachers in a
wide range of subject areas - from social studies, to math, to
science, music, art, and others. It is hoped that, on that day, most
if not all grade 7 teachers in a school will teach a lesson in their
subject area that will focus on a money issue or topic. The new
website will also provide additional supports for teachers. The
lesson plans will provide opportunities for building links, as
possible, to the Home Program so that family activities can build on
lessons from school.
The Home Program is being launched nationally this year. For the Home
Program, families with children of all ages will be provided with
online access to ideas, activities, stories, resources, tools,
videos, and more to begin, or continue, money-related conversations
with their kids. Support resources will be organized by age range and
will focus on activities that are fun, engaging, easy to do - and
educational. Hopefully kids won't be the only ones learning.
Families and teachers interested in the program can visit the website
at www.talkwithourkidsaboutmoney.com. The website includes sample
resources and will continue to develop and expand up to, and beyond,
the first Talk With Our Kids About Money Day on April 17th, 2013.
"Many Canadian households are sitting on fragile ground financially
today, and this has a ripple effect that can negatively impact our
economy on the whole if conditions don't improve," noted Mr. Olier.
"We have a responsibility to the next generation to make sure they
are better prepared for their money decisions and challenges than
"BMO is proud to support this new program, as it aligns with our
ongoing mission of Making Money Make Sense and promoting financial
literacy," said L. Jacques Menard, President of BMO Financial Group,
Quebec and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Financial Literacy. "The
Talk with Our Kids About Money Day sends a strong signal to parents
on the importance of having frank and open discussions on the matter
of money with their children."
The new program, offered by CFEE, and supported by BMO, includes:
-- Website with resources, ideas, activities, etc. for families and
-- Teachers' Kit for schools in the greater metropolitan areas of Toronto
and Montreal registering to participate (plus additional resources,
tools and supports on the website) expanding to other provinces
beginning in 2014
-- Interactive contests such as: a poster competition; a video competition;
and other activities that can help to share family, school, and youth
experiences related to learning about money.
CFEE is a federally chartered, non-profit, non-partisan organization,
founded in 1974, that works to improve economic and financial
literacy and enterprising capability. CFEE works collaboratively with
ministries and departments of education along with school boards,
schools, educators, and teacher associations. CFEE also engages in
activities to support and assist newcomers and past immigrants to
Canada, and the general public including print resources, videos,
workshops, and online resources. Overall, CFEE aspires to help
Canadians of all ages be better prepared to undertake their economic
roles, responsibilities, and decisions with confidence and
About BMO Financial Group
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highly diversified North American financial services organization.
With total assets of $525 billion as at October 31, 2012, and more
than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and
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