1 in 5 Manitobans Feel Little Control Over Their Financial Situation: Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum Survey

Creditaid is a proud participating member of the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum, currently comprised of more than 40 active members. The following news release and Executive Summary of the survey can also be found on their website.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (November 19, 2015) – One in five Manitobans say that there is little they can do to control their financial situation, according to a new survey from the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum.

The survey, conducted by Prairie Research Associates, also revealed:

• 15 per cent of Manitobans believe that they would put off dealing with their money problems
• 11 per cent say they do not know who or where to turn to solve a financial problem
• 8 per cent feel that they do not know how to make good financial decisions

The results indicated that half of Manitobans do not consider themselves to be fully confident in their financial behavior, with many people desiring access to information and tools that can help them understand their finances, track their spending, create household budgets and improve their ability to work with a financial professional.

These findings are being used by the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum to create a benchmark for the current state of financial literacy in the province. This is the first survey of its kind to focus exclusively on Manitoba, and its results will inform the Forum’s future programming and projects.

“Learning how Manitobans understand their own financial situation and behavior is an important first step for the Forum,” says Cynthia Duncan, co-chair of the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum. “We’re finding that many people want to improve their financial skills, and we’re committed to connecting them to the resources that can set them up for lifelong success.”

Manitobans can learn more about money management by visiting ManitobaFinancialLiteracy.com. The website, operated by the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum, maintains a large collection of free tools and information to help guide people toward making responsible financial decisions at every stage of their lives.

The Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum is one of the province’s largest not-for-profit coalitions of organizations and individuals working to promote financial education and skills to Manitobans, represented by stakeholders from the public, private, financial services, credit counselling, and voluntary sectors, as well as individuals, and families and labour organizations.

The survey results cited are compiled from a random sample of 600 Manitobans 18 years of age and over between April 9 to 29, 2015. The results were weighted to better reflect the population. A probability sample of this size would yield results accurate to ± 4.1%, 19 times out of 20.

Media Contact Information:
Cynthia Duncan
Co-chair, Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum
204-925-7420, ext 7405

2016 Financial Literacy Calendar

Financial success is rooted in conscious planning and decision making.

It’s important to expose ourselves to tools, tips, tricks, and reminders on a daily basis that help to support our financial goals.

For a third year, Creditaid is once again a proud sponsor of the Financial Literacy Calendar published by the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum. (See April 2016 for our tip!) The Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to promote lifelong financial education and skills to Manitobans. Being financially literate means having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions – which are important resources to have at any age.

At Creditaid, we understand that each individual has their own unique life situations. We offer many different debt solutions in order to find the best solution for each individual and circumstance. We have been helping Manitobans be debt free since 1992, and our product and service offerings continue to grow and expand to best serve our valued clients.

Click on the images below to download the calendar in your preferred language – English or French.



Seniors: Are Caregivers Caring When it Comes to Money?


We all know that seniors can be among society’s most vulnerable. Often they spend a great deal of time alone, and criminals are quick to pounce on their naiveté when it comes to technology in their efforts to entrap them in email, internet, investment, and utility bill scams.

The greatest threat to a senior citizen’s financial well-being isn’t always some fast-talking huckster or a far-off oil sheik looking to dispense with some of the family fortune if only they’ll send them a small advance for “administrative fees”. Often, it’s the very people that they have come to trust who are stealing their money.

Financial abuse and fraud are among the most common types of elder abuse, and with the population base aging, crimes against seniors by their caregivers are on the rise. Joint banking accounts and Powers of Attorney are tools that are to be used by seniors to empower their caregivers, whom they entrust to look out for their affairs. Unfortunately, they are often used as blank cheques by caregivers. Common forms of financial abuse of seniors by their caregivers include:

  • Misuse or theft of a senior’s property or money, often from joint bank accounts.
  • Forging a senior’s signature, or changing documents to dispose of their profits.
  • Threatening a senior physically or otherwise to get them to do things that aren’t in their best interest – like giving “gifts” of money or property to the caregiver, taking out a loan, or co-signing a loan for he caregiver.
  • Sharing a senior’s home without paying expenses or rent when requested.

The list of opportunities for financial abuse of a vulnerable senior is long. If you suspect that someone you know is being taken advantage of by their caregiver, please don’t hesitate to contact their family, or the police.

Elder abuse is a growing problem. Seniors have worked hard their entire lives to get where they are, and they don’t deserve to be defrauded of their money by the people they’re led to believe they can trust. For more information, visit seniors.gc.ca to find a series of publications on financial abuse and fraud, including “What every older Canadian should know about Financial Abuse.

Creditaid is a local credit and insolvency counselling firm who has been helping Manitobans get out of debt since 1992. Contact Crediaid anytime, online or by telephone at (204) 987-6890.