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February 2, 2009
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Canadian Youth Invited to Take Part in ‘Financial Fitness Challenge’ Contest
Office of the Attorney General
"With the current economic uncertainty, we have all discovered the importance of good money management,” said Attorney General Gerard Greenan. “The Financial Fitness Challenge makes learning about finance appealing to a web savvy generation. It also provides a great foundation for Island youth to develop good financial habits.”
The Financial Fitness Challenge, which runs from February 2 to February 28, 2009, uses interactive tools and online simulations to raise awareness of important financial concepts such as budgeting, saving and investing.
The bilingual contest is open to Canadians ages 15 to 21. It features exciting interactive activities such as ‘Slapshot Shopping,’ a game where players are given $200 of virtual money to purchase a number of necessities and luxuries. The game uses humour – and the Canadian love affair with hockey – to teach the importance of balancing financial needs versus wants. The contest also features its own Facebook page where youth can exchange ideas and tips about saving and investing. The quiz, available at www.FinancialFitnessChallenge.ca, features questions and facts about budgeting, saving and investing, in a format directly focused on the experience of students. Thirteen entries – one from each province and territory – will be randomly selected from eligible quiz participants to win a $750 scholarship.
In addition, teachers are encouraged to use the Challenge as a fun and informative learning tool to support the development of good financial behaviour among their students.
The CSA, the council of securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, coordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets. Its mandate is to protect investors from unfair or fraudulent practices through regulation of the securities industry. Part of this mandate is improving the financial literacy of youth and educating investors about the risk, responsibilities and rewards of investing.
Teachers are encouraged to use the Challenge as a fun and informative learning tool to support the development of good financial behaviour among their students.
“The modules and worksheets are entertaining and instructional,” said Jean St-Gelais, Chair of the CSA and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec). “In fact, 96% of teachers we surveyed have told us that they plan to use the materials in their classrooms.” Teachers can go to www.FinancialFitnessChallenge.ca/Teachers Teachers to check out the Teacher Resource Centre, download classroom materials, including complete lesson plans, and enter a contest to win a gift certificate.