Our daily blog offers selected news of interest to SmartSAVER’s stakeholders and shines a light on the creative ways that communities are promoting the Canada Learning Bond. Stay up to date, read what others are doing and share your own story.


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IN THE NEWS: June 23, 2017

Today’s news includes information about student debt, and financial literacy.

Escalating student debt blamed on parental spending
CBC News BC. June 21, 2017.

Video: Bold Ideas – Making post-secondary education available at no cost to all Canadians
Mowat Centre. June 22, 2017.

Quebec seeks to curb slumping high school graduation rate
CBC News Montreal. June 21, 2017.

Canadian youth get high financial-literacy marks
Winnipeg Free Press. June 22, 2017.

Access to ‘instant pay’ app may increase financial instability
CBC News BC. June 21, 2017.

A College Built for Canadian Settlers Envisions an Indigenous Future
New York Times. June 19, 2017.

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Guest Post by Leeds Grenville Poverty Reduction Alliance: Reducing the Economic Barriers to Higher Education

The Leeds Grenville Poverty Reduction Alliance and partners have been working to promote the Canada Learning Bond for families in Leeds and Grenville to help reduce economic barriers to higher education.

As part of our promotion, local organizations hosted a Financial Empowerment Day at the Employment and Education Centre (www.eecentre.com ) in Brockville. It included representatives from Service Canada who provided social insurance numbers and volunteers who staffed a bank of computers to help families sign into the Leeds Grenville Start My RESP url.  Additional partners included Community Income Tax (www.volunteercentre.ca), Credit Counselling and Employment Services.

We will continue to promote the Canada Learning Bond at community events and festivals in the summer. The Brockville Police host weekly free movies (brockvillepolice.com/news/) in a downtown park during the summer months and along with movies and popcorn, families will also be provided with information on the Canada Learning Bond.

We know there is a correlation between education saving and education outcomes and we want all the children in Leeds and Grenville to have the opportunity to be the best that they can be. Our goal is to ensure that the over 8000 eligible children in Leeds and Grenville receive the Canada Learning Bond and build a bright future through higher education.

Loretta Corbeil
Chair, Leeds Grenville Poverty Reduction Alliance

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