High school students in Ontario to get financially savvy

By Staff, with files from The Canadian Press | March 23, 2017 | Last updated on March 23, 2017
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For advisors in Ontario, future clients may be more financially savvy — not to mention more motivated to face their financial challenges.

Read: Win the wealthy clients of the future

That’s because Ontario is launching a pilot project to test drive a new career studies course for high school students.

The project, which will run in 28 schools across the province until June of this year, is aimed at equipping students with financial and career skills.

The initiative echoes those in the federal budget to boost labour, with spending allocated to student loans, jobs training and youth employment.

Read: Federal budget: What’s in and what’s out

Education Minister Mitzie Hunter made the announcement this morning in Toronto, alongside a recent high school graduate who started a petition calling for a financial literacy curriculum.

Students in each pilot will learn one of four different subjects: financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills, digital literacy, and career and life planning.

Hunter says the teachers’ feedback will be incorporated into the new curriculum design.

She had announced last year that financial literacy would become part of the high school career studies course and woven throughout the education curriculum.

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