Family Services’ Financial Empowerment program in Vancouver and New Westminster helps people become more financially literate, access government benefits, and make the most of their money.

We do this by partnering with many different community organizations to deliver a range of workshops to enhance people’s financial knowledge, and empower them to make more informed financial decisions.

Our programs are designed to assist newcomers, youth, seniors, people with low incomes, at-risk youth, and vulnerable populations. Our programs are offered free to our partner organizations and can be delivered at their locations to participants.

We also host tax filing clinics and offer one-on-one financial coaching.

All of our services are FREE!

FREE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS


Income Taxes 101 – Vancouver

Want to find out more about the concepts and basics of income tax? Come and learn how to file online, how filing taxes is key to accessing benefits and credits and how to prepare for tax season. This workshop is for people who are interested in preparing their own taxes.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Central Library  
(Room 916), Level 9
Wed, Mar 25, 2020
5:00pm – 7:00pm

There is no registration for this workshop, please drop in. If you have any questions, please contact Rocio Vasquez at rvasquez@fsgv.ca

Free Tax Filing Clinics – New Westminster

Learn how you can get free money by filing your taxes! Drop in to have your taxes filed for FREE by Canada Revenue Agency volunteers and learn how you may be eligible for tax credits and monthly benefits. Enter to win a door prize at the event!

NEW WEST PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ashe Street Room, 716 6th Avenue
Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tue, Mar 31, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Sat, Apr 18, 2020, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact Rocio Vasquez at rvasquez@fsgv.ca

Free Money Skills Workshop – Vancouver

This free financial literacy and investment workshop series will help you learn more about your relationship with money, budgeting, banking, credit, saving, investing and consumerism.  No registration is required.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Central Library  350 W Georgia St. 
Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Wed, Ma7 6, 2020, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Wed, May 13, 2020, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact moneyskills@fsgv.ca

Free Coaching and All 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

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

ABOUT FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT


Financial empowerment is an approach to poverty reduction that focuses on improving the financial security of low-income Canadians. 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.

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 develop economic security and their ability to invest in their own futures.

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS


                                

                                                             

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

Mayleen Eberding
Youth Financial Literacy Facilitator