The FSGV Financial Empowerment program helps people become more financially literate, access government benefits, and make the most of their money.

We do this by providing free, trauma-informed support in English, French, Mandarin, Farsi, Cantonese, Spanish, and Vietnamese, including 1:1 coaching and tax filing clinics.

Our programs, delivered in partnership with community organizations — including public libraries, school districts, cities, neighbourhood houses, and health authorities — reach people where they’re at.

As a non-profit, our highest concerns are client safety and financial wellbeing.

Upcoming Free Workshops


File Your Taxes – For Free!

Don’t lose out on benefits due to unfiled taxes.  Free tax filing clinics are now open in the Lower Mainland.  If your income is low, you are a student, new immigrants, seniors, persons with disabilities and you have a simple tax you may be eligible to have your tax filed for free.

Click here to find the closest clinic in your area.

Frauds & Scams

Each year Canadians lose an estimated $100 million dollars to frauds and scams. 

As part of Fraud Prevention Month, join us for a free workshop to learn how to protect yourself, your identity, and your hard-earned money. 

Questions? Email moneyskills@fsgv.ca

Thursday, March 24, 1:30-3:00 pm
Delivered in Farsi with Vancouver Public Library
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Tuesday, March 29, 1:30-3:00 pm
Delivered in English with Vancouver Public Library
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Wednesday, March 30, 7-8 pm
Delivered in English with North Vancouver City Library
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Financial Empowerment at Family Services

Financial Planning for Post-secondary Education

The cost of post-secondary education can seem prohibitive, but there are strategies you can use to increase your resources and decrease your costs. In this free online workshop will look at actions to take to plan financially, find scholarships and bursaries, maximize RESPs, help your child find the best summer and part-time jobs, and strategies for securing additional funding. 

Questions? Email moneyskills@fsgv.ca

Thursday, May 26, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Delivered in English with Vancouver Public Library
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All Free Programs and Workshops


One-on-one Confidential Financial Coaching

We offer FREE confidential, one-on-one coaching about any financial issues you may be struggling with or questions you might have about money, savings, debt, RESPs, and more. Our financial coaches are empathetic, experienced advocates who are here to help.

For more information or to book an appointment, please Contact Us.

Saving for Your Child’s Education: RESP Workshop

This free workshop will help you learn all about Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs): how to start an RESP account at the bank, how to add money to it over time, and how to access free money the government offers to match and top-up what you save.

To find out when we are next offering this workshop, or to book our team to offer this workshop to your non-profit organization, Contact Us!

Do You or Your Child Have A Disability? RDSP Workshop

This free workshop will help you learn all about Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs), including how to start an RDSP account at the bank, how to add money to it over time, and how to access the government funding to match and top up what you save.

To find out when we are next offering this workshop, or to book our team to offer this workshop to your non-profit organization, Contact Us!

“Rocio and Murray are very detailed in helping me achieve my financial budgeting and goals. They are patient with me and provide me with the best knowledge they have gained and support me in any way I could ever ask for. Thank you!

– Financial Coaching client

WHAT IS FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT


Financial empowerment is an approach to poverty reduction that focuses on improving the financial security of low-income Canadians. This is facilitated through increasing financial knowledge and empowering individuals to make more informed and confident financial decisions.

Financial empowerment focuses on helping people participate and feel included in our financial system. It increases opportunities and knowledge, and fosters behaviours that are critical to helping people become more resilient through developing economic security and strengthening their ability to invest in their own futures.

At FSGV, our goal is to help people grow their incomes, improve their credit scores, savings and debt levels, and build wealth through education, employment, entrepreneurship and improved housing.

PARTNER WITH US


We partner with community-based organizations to deliver a range of free financial workshops for the diverse populations they serve, including low-income participants, newcomers to Canada, women, seniors, vulnerable populations, and at-risk youth.

Participants will learn skills and tools that will enable them to gain more control over their financial futures. If you are a community-based organization and would like us to deliver a financial literacy workshop tailored to the needs of your community, at your location, please contact us:

infomoneyskills@fsgv.ca
T: 604 638 3390 ext. 3166

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS


  • Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Mainland
  • Back In Motion Employment
  • Pacific Community Resources Society
  • Mosaic
  • YMCA
  • Immigrant Services Society
  • Salvation Army
  • United Food and Commercial Workers
  • Turning Point Recovery Society
  • Burnaby Family Life
  • Covenant House
  • Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

 

  • Genesis SA Foundation
  • Gordon Neighbourhood House
  • Home Instruction for Parents of Youngsters
  • Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
  • YWCA
  • REACH Community Health Centre
  • United Gospel Mission
  • South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver School Board
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • Tenth Tax
  • Northshore Multicultural Society
  • AGORA Employment Essentials
  • Mission Community Skills Centre Society
  • Options Community Services
  • Surrey School District
  • Richmond School District
  • Touchstone Community Services
  • Alexandra Neighbourhood House
  • Burnaby Neighbourhood House
  • Burnaby School District
  • Burnaby Community Learning Centre
  • ACCESS Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures
  • New Westminster Public Library
  • City of New Westminster

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS


                                

                                                             

November is financial literacy month


Financial Literacy Month is a Canada-wide campaign to generate public discourse around financial literacy. During Financial Literacy Month, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) engages with Canadians and works together with organizations from the private, public, and non-profit sectors to help strengthen the financial literacy of individuals and families.

To mark Financial Literacy Month, we talked to financial experts at FSGV to get some practical advice.

Contact Us

Murray Baker
Manager, Financial Empowerment

Rocio Vasquez
Client Service Coordinator, Financial Empowerment

 

Billie Sinclair
Money Skills Facilitator

Jose Guerrero, MA, RCC
Clinical Counsellor, FSEAP Vancouver; Financial Literacy Facilitator and Coach

Marleen Eberding
Youth Financial Literacy Facilitator

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