A Newcomer’s Guide to Canadian Finances (for International students)

September 07, 2023
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Presented by CFEE (Canadian Foundation for Economic Education)

The Financial Aid and Awards presents ‘Thrifty Thursdays’, a series of workshops to help you stay on track financially.  

We’re pleased to welcome Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) to Georgian College to present their workshop for students new to Canada.

Moving to a new country and starting your life there can be a stressful experience. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through it alone. Join us to look at some of the specifics of life in Canada, like costs, banking and credit, and the income and personal tax systems. Learn from the experience of other newcomers to Canada, and the things they wish they knew when first arriving.

The goal of A Newcomer’s Guide to Canadian Finances is to provide you with the foundational knowledge necessary to prepare for life in Canada and manage your finances as a new arrival. You will learn about life in Canada, such as the costs you can expect, considerations when renting, and scams to watch out for; the differences between banks in Canada and how to get started with credit; and the ins and outs of earning income in Canada and paying personal income taxes. Starting over doesn’t mean starting from scratch—learn from the experiences of others to help make your transition to Canada as easy as possible.

We are excited to welcome our speakers from CFEE, Syanna and Janany:

Syanna is a driven 3rd-year Marketing Major at Toronto Metropolitan University and a passionate advocate for Financial Literacy. Dedicated to teaching students the importance of taking control of their financial lives from an early age, she fosters a deep-rooted belief in the transformative power of financial education and strives to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions, set achievable goals, and build a solid foundation for their financial future.

Janany is a 4th-year student with a passion for financial literacy and currently leads Toronto Metropolitan University’s largest financial literacy program. As a presenter for CFEE, she empowers students to take control of their personal finances and aims to help eradicate the anxiety surrounding money management.

In-person registration has now closed. Virtual attendance registration is still open.

This workshop is eligible for your co-curricular record. Attend four out of five workshops in a semester and:

  • be entered for a chance to win $250 on your ONEcard each semester*; and
  • receive a Financial Literacy badge to display on LinkedIn

* See Thrifty Thursday 2023-24 contest rules and regulations

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