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Brantford to host financial empowerment resource fair

City of BrantfordBrantford to host financial empowerment resource fair

The City of Brantford and its community partners will be hosting a Financial Empowerment Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

This free informational fair, which is being held in recognition of Financial Literacy Month, is open to all ages and attendees can join interactive break-out sessions on a wide range of financial topics including: 

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Meal planning on a budget with Brant Skills Centre
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Protecting our finances and being aware of frauds and scams with Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Housing 101 for Newcomers with Wesley
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Understanding the Canadian tax systems and accessing benefits with Service Canada
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Financially preparing for post-secondary with Laurier Financial Literacy Department
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Household budget management with Tracy Graham

Local service organizations including Brant Skills Centre, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, Community Legal Clinic, Victim Services of Brant, Service Canada, Brantford-Brant Business Resource Center, Laurier Student Financial Services, Contact Brant, City of Brantford, and more, will be on-site to answer questions and help attendees connect with information, resources and services. Light refreshments will also be provided.

“It’s important for residents to have access to financial information, resources, tools and services that can help inform decision-making at every age and stage of life,” explained Courtney Lebel, Community Initiatives Coordinator, City of Brantford.

“Brant Skills Centre is happy to provide accessible, relevant information to support learners as they explore personal finance and get to know the tools, resources, and services available to them,” added Lori Bruner, Executive Director, Brant Skills Centre. “Financial Literacy Month is a great time to check in with your skills and we are always here to help.”

Those interested in attending the Financial Empowerment Community Resource Fair can drop-in to speak with local service organizations or attend any of the break-out sessions. No registration is required. For more information, email partnerships@brantford.ca.

Inclusive Community Plan 2023-2026

In June 2023, Brantford City Council unanimously adopted the Inclusive Community Plan 2023-2026, which was endorsed by over 30 community organizations, and is based on three guiding principles: Learn from Each Other, Stand up for Each Other and Celebrate Each Other. The Financial Empowerment Community Resource Fair represents a unique opportunity to apply these guiding principles and recognize efforts to support a prosperous and inclusive community. 

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