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Help your community build healthy money habits
1 June 2022
Through generous support from The Lawson Foundation, the Managing your money resource is being offered FREE of charge to non-profit organizations supporting Indigenous communities, in English and Plains Cree. Bright, beautiful, interactive and simple to use, Managing your money offers a set of seven worksheets to help Indigenous individuals and families to set and work towa...
Financial empowerment interventions help but more needs to be done to reduce food insecurity
31 May 2022
Because income is the main determinant of food security, tax filing and benefit services are useful – but only to a point. When the income supports we are connecting people to are inadequate to meet basic needs, financial empowerment interventions are not a sufficient response to prevent food insecurity. In 2020, Canada’s poverty rate plummeted to 6.4 per cent o...
We are turning a corner, but our work is not done
20 April 2022
In April 2020, Prosper Canada reset its priorities to focus on helping people with low incomes to safely weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that vulnerable Canadians would bear both the brunt of the disease and its devastating impacts on livelihoods and financial security, we set out to mobilize $20 million to sustain and expand financial help services to help t...
2022 Federal Budget Highlights
11 April 2022
On April 7, the federal government released its 2022 budget, A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable, which marks a return toward pre-pandemic spending. We have highlighted some features of this budget that impact Canadians living with low income. We focused on measures benefitting low- and moderate-income Canadians, notably significant investments in ...
Empowering tax filers - One step at a time
16 March 2022
Social distancing has “pushed” more people to use online banking, order multitudes of items from their computer and even scan, pay and bag their own groceries. Self-service is a widely accepted way of providing more services with fewer resources. Though there are some drawbacks, it has also proven that with the right tools, and just a little help, people can perf...
Corriger les effets inattendus des prestations liées à la pandémie
28 February 2022
Au début de la pandémie, le gouvernement fédéral a agi rapidement pour mettre en place la Prestation canadienne d’urgence (PCU), offrant une stabilité financière à 8,9 millions de personnes touchées par des pertes de revenus ou d’emplois. Ensuite, la Prestation canadienne de la relance économique (PCRE) et la Prestation canadienne pour les travailleurs en cas de ...
Open Letter – Strengthening Canada’s Complaint-Handling System for Bank Customers
24 February 2022
TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On behalf of the coalition of concerned consumer advocates, FAIR Canada has sent the following open letter to Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, calling on her to take action to establish a designated, single ombuds organization to handle consumer complaints.Read
The Benefits wayfinder: Simplifying benefits access for Canadians
17 February 2022
As many Canadians confront the difficult financial realities of navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to help those struggling to access financial relief has never been greater. For those who are urgently seeking financial relief, benefits can be the life line to increasing income, lowering expenses, and making a positive shift in quality of life, such as ...
Uncovering the principles behind access to benefits services
15 February 2022
Principles provide guidance on how to act and what decisions to make. Financial empowerment (FE) interventions such as supporting people to gain access to benefits, are not only ‘activities’ to achieve ‘outcomes’, but are based on principles as well. It is important, in understanding FE interventions, to also take stock of the foundation upon which th...
Rectifying the unintended impacts of pandemic benefits
15 February 2022
At the start of the pandemic, the federal government acted quickly to roll out the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), creating a financial floor for 8.9 million people impacted by earnings or job losses. The subsequent Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and Canada Workers Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) have continued to support people who have lost income because of the pandemic....
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