Financial Literacy Programs

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The Next Accelerator

Are you looking to start saving for your child’s post-secondary education? We can help!

The Next Accelerator Project helps families access the Canada Learning Bond in order to start saving toward their child’s education. 

The Next Accelerator is a two-year project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This project aims to increase information and awareness about the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) with modest income, fixed income, single parent and newcomer families across Canada in order to improve access to education and financial knowledge among families.

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB)

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is a $500-$2000 per person benefit that the Government of Canada will add to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to help support with expenses for full-time or part-time post-secondary education.

To receive the Canada Learning Bond, your child will need:

  • A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) in your child’s name
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • The most recent year of tax filing
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If you are interested in learning more or would like support in applying for the CLB, contact We have staff available to help you obtain ID, open an RESP and connect you to a tax clinic, if needed. Upon successful completion of this process, families will receive a gift card for their participation and feedback on the project!

Frequently Asked Questions

Money from the Government that is put into a RESP for eligible Canadian children.

 No, they can also choose to be in part-time post-secondary studies and still be eligible.

Apprenticeship programs; CEGEPs (General and Vocational College); Trade Schools; Colleges; Universities

The number of children who would qualify in one household and the income of the primary caregiver which includes the income of their partner.

Yes. The primary caregiver or agency will submit the application. 

Once the application is approved and for every year that they are eligible

Dollars and Sense Project

In partnership with YWCA Canada, the Dollars & Sense Program offers programs and services to support cis and trans women, gender diverse and two-spirit individuals. The Dollars & Sense Project offers workshops and programs that discuss finances and feelings and hands-on learning meant to:

  • Improve financial wellbeing, knowledge and skills
  • Reduce financial stress
  • Increase confidence in managing personal finances
  • Address specific needs and interests of participants in the program
  • Involve participants in the planning and learning along the way!

Dollars & Sense offers one-off workshops and multi-week programs that cover topics like:

  • Money Mindsets
  • Feelings & Money
  • Stress, Coping and Acknowledging Our Feelings About Finances
  • Budgeting
  • Opening and Maintaining Bank Accounts
  • Debt, Credit and Loans
  • Savings Options
  • Connecting with Community Resources
  • Money and the Holidays
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Dollars & Sense is offered out of YWCA Cambridge’s community space, The W, located at 20 Dickson St, unit 101. If you are interested in bringing this program to your community group or organization, would like to attend a program or workshop or would like to learn more about the Dollars & Sense project,  email 

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