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The skills required to effectively communicate when writing and speaking can be taken for granted, but many people, including older adults, may require additional supports to improve their literacy. Read our resources below to learn more about the many available strategies to support older adults with their unique literacy training needs.

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    A guide to long-term care insurance

    Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA)
    The population of older Canadians is growing. It is important for aging Canadians to be financially insured because the government will not cover all long-term care and retirement programs. Use this resource to learn about long-term care insurance to make sure you are financially protected.
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    Survivor's Pension

    Government of Canada - Benefits
    If your legal spouse or common-law partner is deceased, you may be eligible for a portion of their Canadian Pension Plan. Access this resource for more information about the Survivor's Pension.
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    Visits to long term care facilities

    Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
    OHIP is Ontario's health insurance plan, and it covers all medically necessary physician visits and treatments of residents in long-term care facilities. Access this resource for more information on coverage.
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    Canadian Retirement Income Calculator - General Information

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    Use this calculator to estimate your income after retirement. The calculation is based on your pensions, savings, and other sources of income. You will get a report on your predicted income at yearly.
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    After a death

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    Be prepared for the actions you should take after a family member dies. This resource reviews the steps to report the death, get a death certificate, cancel benefits, and financial support for survivors.
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    Adult Learning

    Ontario Ministry of Education
    The government of Ontario offers free literacy and basic skills programs which include reading, writing, math, and computer skills. Access this resource to see if you are eligible and where these programs are offered.
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    Budget calculator

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    Managing your budget may be confusing. Access this resource for a calculator that may help you.
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    Canada's financial literacy blog

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    Financial literacy involves knowledge and skills on how to manage money. Access this resource for information from experts on various financial topics.
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    Canadian Financial Literacy Database

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    This resource is a database with information about financial literacy. Access this resource to learn about banking, fraud, insurance, taxes, and more.
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    Your Financial Toolkit

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    This resource provides a basic learning program that covers personal finance and making financial decisions.
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    Sources of retirement income

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    If you are looking to retire or recently retired, it is important to understand your sources of income. Access this resource for information on the various pension plans you may be entitled to.
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    Saving for retirement

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    Saving for retirement may seem like a daunting process. Access this resource for more information on how to effectively save and examples of monthly savings plans.
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    Apply for OHIP and get a health card

    Government of Ontario
    OHIP is Ontario's health insurance plan. It covers many health services you may need. Access this resource for information on how to apply and what it entails.
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    What OHIP covers

    Government of Ontario
    OHIP is Ontario's health insurance plan. Access this resource for details on what the plan covers. This ranges from doctor visits, surgeries, ambulance services, hospital stays, and more.
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    Recognizing Fraud Toolkit

    Alberta Council on Aging
    Every year, thousands of Canadians lose money to fraud. Access this resource for a downloadable program that will teach you how to protect yourself.
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    Financial Life Stages

    Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)
    Older Canadians rely the most on their savings. They should know how the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) protects their savings. Use these infographics to learn about the financial situation, and thoughts on savings protection, of older Canadians at the pre-retired, retired, and 75+ stages.
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    Canada Pension Plan - Overview

    Government of Canada - Benefits
    The Canada Pension Plan will provide you with partial replacement of earnings in the case of retirement, disability, or death. Access this resource for information about your eligibility.
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    Old Age Security — Overview

    Government of Canada - Benefits
    You may be entitled to the Old Age Security pension if you are over 65 and meet legal Canadian status and residence requirements. Access this resource for information on your eligibility.
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    Guaranteed Income Supplement – Overview

    Government of Canada - Benefits
    If you have a low income and live in Canada, you may be entitled to a monthly non-taxable Guaranteed Income Supplement. Access this resource for information on your eligibility.
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    Allowance for people aged 60 to 64 – Overview

    Government of Canada - Benefits
    If you are aged 60 to 64 and are the spouse or common-law partner to someone receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement, you may be entitled to further allowance. Access this resource for information on your eligibility.
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    Allowance for the Survivor

    Government of Canada - Benefits
    If you are aged 60 to 64 and your spouse or common-law partner has died, you may be eligible for the Allowance of the Survivor. Access this resource for information on your eligibility.
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    Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF)

    Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
    A registered retirement income fund is a financial arrangement between you and an insurance company registered by the Government of Canada. Access this resource for more details on this service and how to apply.
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    Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP)

    Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
    The Lifelong Learning Plan allows you to withdraw amounts from your registered retirement savings plan to finance you or your spouse or your common-law partner's education. Access this resource for more information.
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    Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)

    Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
    The RRSP is a retirement savings plan that you establish and the Government of Canada registers. You and your spouse can contribute to this plan, and it pays you back after retirement. Access this resource for more information.
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    Canada ranked 4th best country in the world for senior citizens

    Immigration.ca
    Canada ranks highly in income security for seniors, with 97.7% of older Canadians receiving a pension, and over 92.8% getting an income greater than half the country’s median income. 83.9% of older Canadians also have a secondary or higher level of education.
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    Financial spring cleaning after 50

    After 55 living blog
    Managing your finances and keeping records up to date is essential to retirement planning. This website provides tips on how to effectively set up a budget.
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    Spotting fraud and scams: How to protect yourself and safeguard your finances

    211 Ontario
    This resource aims to provide information on fraud, the number one crime against older Canadians. The resource is an introduction in recognizing common types of frauds and learn about the ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
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    Financial literacy self-assessment quiz

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    After you have learned about financial literacy, take this fun quiz to test your knowledge!
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    Understand PIN protection

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    You should never share your bank PIN with anyone. Access this resource for more information on how to protect yourself from theft.
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    Managing multiple financial priorities

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    It may be difficult to manage your budget with multiple priorities. Access this resource for information on your current expenses and potential future expenses.
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    Making a budget

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    A budget is a plan that helps you manage money. Access this resource for tips and guidance to help you create a personal budget plan.
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    Making a will and planning your estate

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    A will is a legal document that states how you want your estate divided when you die. Access this resource for more information on how to prepare one, and how to seek legal advice when doing so.
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    211 Ontario helps seniors access financial assistance and home support services

    211 Ontario
    This article summarize various common inquiries made to 211 Ontario with relevance to seniors. The goal is to educate seniors on various financial concerns and offer recommendations on home support services.
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    What every older Canadian should know about financial planning

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    Financial planning is important as you get older and face changes such as retirement. Use this resource to learn about making a financial plan based on your current income and expenses, and where you want to be in the future.
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    Seniors and the generation spending gap

    Immigration.ca
    Stock market and real estate increases, economic growth, and a major expansion in both private and government pension plans makes today’s seniors arguably the wealthiest generation. Competition is increasing between seniors and the younger generation for jobs, housing and financial security.
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    Moving to Canada: How the economy weathered the financial crisis

    Canadian Immigrant
    Canada’s aging population, key industries and relations with the US make its economy complex. Read more in this brief overview.
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    Mortgage Fraud

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    In Canada, seniors are most often the victims of fraud and financial abuse. Use this resource to learn about how to recognize, protect yourself against, and report these crimes.
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    Income programs for older adults

    211 Ontario
    Many older adults require income assistance. Access this resource for information on available income programs for you.
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    Retirement Literacy

    Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM)
    There are many different income programs available to retired seniors. Access this resource for information on choosing the right one for you.
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    Preparing a will

    Canadian Bar Association
    Preparing a will may be a daunting and confusing process. Access this resource for information on how to prepare one.
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    Boomers need to consider savings protection

    Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)
    Make sure your savings are safe by depositing it to a bank that is a member of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC). The CDIC makes sure your savings are still available even if your bank failed. Use this resource to learn about two kinds of protection given by CDIC banks: RRIF and Trust funds.
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    Deposit protection at every life stage

    Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)
    Make sure you deposit money into a bank that is a member of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC). The CDIC makes sure your deposits are still available even if your bank failed. Use this resource to learn about the protection of CDIC for your retirement savings.
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    Are you financially prepared for what's ahead?

    Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)
    It is important to make informed decisions about financial investments. Access this resource for information about working with a financial advisor and how to choose someone appropriate for you.
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    Fiscal measures to support older adults and reduce poverty

    Fiscal measures are often proposed to reduce the tax burden of older adults and reduce poverty. Finding the fiscal measures to which you are entitled can make anybody feel dizzy, but some professionals and tools can help you.
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    Public libraries: Community hubs responding to the needs of older adults

    Public libraries play a significant role in meeting the educational, informational, cultural, recreational, health and social-care needs of older adults.
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    A nest egg for our old days: Helping older adults manage their finances

    Older adults and their caregivers face a budgetary puzzle – making a realistic budget based on fixed and limited incomes - while juggling many priority expenses. Develop your knowledge, skills and self-confidence to make responsible financial decisions.

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