Your Money Matters: Personal Finance Programs for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

October 25, 2017 | Diana L.

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November is not only Financial Literacy Month in Canada but the launch of our newly expanded Personal Finance program series, with over 142 FREE programs throughout Toronto starting this fall through 2018!

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Our Personal Finance campaign usually runs from January through March, but with the level of interest expressed at our programs earlier this year and with support from VISA, Torontonians will be able to access even more financial expertise all year long. 

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Financial experts will cover a wide range of topics such as: 

Sean Cooper  Book Cover of Burn Your Mortgage by Sean Cooper

Susan Beayni  Jeff Dobbin  Brendon Pooran

  • Survive and Thrive: Move Ahead Financially After Losing Your Job -- a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA) shares tips for anyone who has lost their job, is currently under-employed, or anyone who fears job loss because of change/turmoil at their current workplace or within their field of work. 

  • Straight Talk On Your Money -- author Doug Hoyes shares how his latest book challenges conventional wisdom and replaces it with practical advice to help you prevent financial problems before they happen.

Doug Hoyes  Image result for straight talk on your money

  • Buying a Car? Know Your Rights -- a representative from the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) talks about everything you need related to buying a car -- from dealership contracts to consumers rights when purchasing cars privately.

  • How to Profit From the Next Bull Market -- investment advisor Alan Dustin shares tips from his latest book that teaches Canadians how to master the stock market and secure their financial futures.

Alan Dustin  Book cover of How to Profit From the Next Bull Market by Alan Dustin

Christine Conway  Image result for debtfree lifestyle canadian

Some of our presenters demonstrate their financial expertise by doing programs on more than one topic: 

Jessica Moorhouse
Millennial personal finance expert and award-winning blogger, Jessica Moorhouse talks about: 

Liz Schiek

Financial coach and planner from the New School of Finance, Liz Schieck presents: 

...she will also be moderating the First Time Home Buyer's Panel @ Eatonville Branch on Monday, March 19, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

And back by popular demand: 

Dan Bortolotti

Dan Bortolotti will share his knowledge in The Power of Index Investing at two locations:

Kerry Taylor

Kerry K. Taylor explains how our spending decisions curb our ability to save and what we can do to fix it in Money Sense isn't Common Sense at two locations:

Melissa Leong

The Social's money expert and Financial Post writer, Melissa Leong discusses how to organize your finances while maximizing happiness in More Money, More Happiness? How to get Wealthier and Happier at:


VISA's support will also include financial literacy programs for youths at various Youth Hubs across the city. More information coming soon. 


We would also like to acknowledge the dedicated organizations that join us in the pursuit of improving financial literacy for Torontonians through their tremendous contributions to our programming: 

  • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) -- learn How to File a Simple Tax Return with CRA representatives in nine locations.
  • Canadian Bankers Association offers a financial literacy program for seniors called ‘Your Money Seniors’ with topics including Cash Management, Financial Abuse and Fraud Prevention.
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA) delivers free financial education sessions through the Community Connect Financial Literacy program. These programs are for adults, seniors, newcomers and small business owners. In the fall, we feature programs on a variety of topics:

                - Understanding Financial Statements

                - Financial Ratios and Why They Matter to Your Business

                - The Money Side of Business

               - Getting Money: What Lenders and Investors Want

                - A Healthy Balance Sheet and Why It Matters

                - Maximize Your Business

                - Estate Planning

        And in the winter months, there will be 20 new workshops on financial strategies for a 'tough' economy: 

                - Saving Strategies: Easy Concept, Difficult Reality

                - Survive and Thrive: Move Ahead Financially After Losing Your Job

                - Own Your Financial Future: Managing Debt and Making Credit Work for You

  • The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) -- lawyers will be visiting 33 branches to share their expertise in wills and estates law because November is also Make a Will Month



Additional financial literacy programs will be planned throughout the year, so stay tuned! 

Visit the Personal Finance program series page on the Toronto Public Library website for a list of all the programs