Case Studies

What does financial empowerment look like on the ground? These are case study stories from community organizations and agencies across Canada who are delivering financial empowerment programming of different kinds. Each case study offers a quick glimpse into the opportunity they responded to in their community, the kind of work they do, and the impact they’ve made.

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ABC Life Literacy

Money Matters, the forerunner to Money Matters for Newcomers and New Canadians, was launched in 2011. It is a financial literacy program based around small-group discussion and interactive activities.

Bow Valley College
Calgary, AB

Bow Valley College joined the Financial Empowerment Collaborative in 2012 to explore how to increase learners’ knowledge and skills around money management.

Catholic Family Service
Calgary, AB

Catholic Family Service (CFS) identified that parenting and pregnant adolescent mothers needed support with basic needs to help them break the cycle of poverty that many of them had been living within.

Centre for Newcomers
Calgary, AB

The Newcomer Settlement Program of Centre for Newcomers (CFN) receives annually over 3,000 newcomer clients to Canada of which approximately 10% are children under 18.

Edmonton Financial Empowerment Collaborative
Edmonton, AB

The Edmonton Financial Empowerment Collaborative (EFEC), was initially a collaborative of 7 or 8 organizations in Edmonton committed to expanding financial literacy and asset building in our community.

Financial Empowerment Collaborative
Calgary, AB

Calgary formed a multi-sectoral financial literacy collaborative in 2011 with funding from the United Way for secretariat support.

Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre
Calgary, AB

Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre (Sunrise), serves a geographic area of Calgary, Alberta, with 18 communities, seven of whom have the highest rates of poverty in the city.