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November is Financial Empowerment Month


During the month of November, Access Alliance is hosting activities to help empower our clients and their communities to participate and feel included in Canada’s financial system.

Please join our upcoming workshops!

Workshop 1: Basic Personal Finances – November 18, 2021 (5:30 – 7:00 PM)

Join our workshop facilitated by Credit Canada. You will gain knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions for your everyday life. We will be discussing your money, borrowing money and your credit history. For more information, contact Orit: 
Register here for Workshop 1 

Workshop 2: Finance Next Steps – November 25, 2021 (5:30 – 7:00 PM)

This workshop will cover practical information to help you manage your finances. Topics will include how to find and sign up for government benefits, students loans and other assistance, as well as saving strategies for your children’s future education.  For more information, contact Hossam:
Register here for Workshop 2

About Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month in Canada is organized by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (Government of Canada). This year, the focus is on the renewed National Financial Literacy Strategy, which calls for changes to the Canadian financial system to ensure it is accessible, inclusive, and effective for all Canadians. You can find more information on the government website, including managing expenses, debt and savings, and navigating the financial market.

Financial Empowerment at Access Alliance

At Access Alliance, our goal is to help clients and their communities achieve financial security, so they are able to cope with financially stressful life events, such as unemployment, divorce, or health problems and can work toward achieving health and wellbeing.

What does financial empowerment look like at Access Alliance?

  1. We enable services that improve clients’ financial wellbeing. We offer: financial literacy workshops, income tax clinics, coaching for financial self-management, information on how to navigate the financial system, referrals to food banks, housing and healthcare, and connections to employment and reskilling services.
  2. We advocate for changes at the broader institutional and systems levels by calling for changes in financial institutions’ culture and practice to improve safe and accessible services for all, regardless of immigration or employment status.

Find out more at the links below:


Last week, we hosted three incredible webinars for Community Health & Wellbeing Week, which made space for critical discussions around three distinct health equity topics: placing stigma at the centre of any conversation around health, visualizing and driving forward action to improve language access within health and service systems, and shedding light on the layered and complex discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ newcomers in accessing housing.

If you missed them, don’t worry! Recordings for the sessions and slide decks are linked below:

Nahom Berhane Scholarship for Leadership and Inclusion

We’re proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Nahom Berhane Scholarship for Leadership and Inclusion. The Scholarship provides assistance to youth with a proven track record of volunteerism, community service and leadership in the community, who are in need of financial support to attend a post-secondary institution including universities, colleges and professional trades training.

Photo Scholarship recipients

Find out more about the Scholarship here.