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Financial empowerment is an approach to poverty reduction that focuses on improving the financial security of people living on a low income. As of June 2021, 26% or 6.75 million households in Canada were living with a low income. Over 39% of Canadians are considered vulnerable or extremely vulnerable to being unable to survive financial stressors or shocks.

Our Financial Empowerment Foundations online course will help you, as frontline practitioners, program managers, advocates, and anyone interested in learning more about supporting people living on a low income, understand the role that financial empowerment plays in expanding economic opportunity for people living in poverty. Upon completion of this course, you will have the foundational knowledge necessary for additional training on financial empowerment topics.

This course will begin as soon as you register and will be available to you for up to six (6) weeks. It requires a total of approximately 2-3 hours to complete and is delivered through self-directed online learning modules.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Course welcome

    • Course overview

    • Technical information

    • How to navigate the learning platform

    • Course agreement

    • Pre-course survey

  • 2

    Learning modules

    • Module 1: Introduction to financial empowerment

    • Module 2: Financial empowerment interventions

    • Module 3: Financial conversations and a trauma-informed approach to financial empowerment

  • 3


    • Financial empowerment resources

    • Additional training

    • Prosper Canada Learning Hub

    • Post-course survey