COVID-19 financial literacy: I’m a parent. What resources are available?

Working from home and trying to teach your kids virtually? Find resources to help you and your family during the COVID-19 isolation.

It can be hard enough to manage the stress of COVID-19 but with kids at home, it can be a nightmare. CPA Canada has compiled some resources that can help you teach your kids about money, and help turn a difficult situation into a learning opportunity.

Webinars

These webinars are made possible by the generous support of Canada Life, our national development sponsor.

Wellness in a time of crisis
The first half of the webinar focuses on financial fears including income and stability, stock market instability and having that “emergency fund.” The latter half tackles mental health challenges, covering topics like how to deal with news overload, isolation, working with children at home and how to access help when needed.

Protecting yourself from fraud during COVID-19
Get tips on how to protect yourself from fraudsters during this crisis

Coping with stress during COVID-19
Learn how to take control of your stress during this uncontrollable time

Ten healthy habits to have during COVID-19 (French only)
Learn how the ten healthy habits of financial management will help you better manage your money during and after this crisis.

Podcasts

Mental wellness during a pandemic

Financial wellness and mental wellness are connected. It’s no secret that COVID-19 has left many individuals struggling mentally. Mary Ann Baynton, director of strategy and collaboration, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, at Canada Life, helps us tackle these mental health hurdles by providing insight and strategies to take control in this uncertain time. This episode was recorded via Skype.

Apple Podcasts | Podbean | Google Podcasts | Spotify

Tax in turbulent times

Tax season comes every year, but this year looks a bit different given the pandemic circumstances. In this episode, we talk all things tax with Fabio Bonanno, CPA, CA, principal, Taxation at CPA Canada, as he walks us through some of the government benefits available and what we need to know about tax during the COVID-19 crisis. This episode was recorded via Skype.

Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | PodBean | Spotify

To listen to more episodes, visit the Mastering Money: The Educator’s Edition podcast page.

Tools

A Parent’s Guide to Raising Money-Smart Kids (publication)
Learn how to teach your kids the importance of learning about money by guiding them through the five aspects of money management.

Monthly Budget for Teens
Help teenagers living at home create a monthly budget.

Cash Flow Organizer
Get a clear picture of your cash flow — what is coming in and what is going out. 

Net Worth Worksheet
Get a snapshot of what you own (your assets) and what you owe (your liabilities).

Document Organizer
Organize your documents in preparation for filing your taxes.

Financial Wellness Guide
Our interactive questionnaire helps you understand money basics and how they apply to you.

Just the facts – Schools
Get access to educational materials on multiple financial topics that help teach students practical ways to take control of their finances.

Just the facts – Adults
Get access to educational materials targeting the diverse financial needs of adults, ranging from topics on financial statements basics to effective financial management.

Articles

Fun (and free) activities to keep kids busy while in isolation
It’s hard to keep children engaged for the whole day without parking them in front of a screen. Here’s how to broaden their horizons from the comfort of your home.

Home-schooling your kids during COVID-19: Find the right fit for your family
Four tips to keep children focused and engaged while you work from home.

Money in the piggy: Tips for teaching children about money at home
Personal finance is not typically part of the curriculum in schools. Rather, the school of life teaches us how to overcome financial challenges. Learn the fundamentals for teaching your kids about money.

How to make kids money-smart
Financial independence is critical for individuals throughout their lives. Here are some important ways you can get your kids to think smartly about money from a very early age.

Avoiding fraud and identity theft in times of crisis
It’s said that a crisis brings out the best in people and, in most cases, that’s true. But there is a dark side to tough times, as fraudsters prey on people who are uncertain and looking for easy answers.

Federal government support

  • increasing the Canada Child Benefit – An extra $300 per child
  • special Goods and Services Tax credit payment
    • one-time payment for low-income and modest income families
    • close to $400 for single individuals
    • close to $600 for couples
  • extra time to file income tax returns
    • filing due date for 2019 tax returns of individuals (other than trusts) deferred until June 1, 2020
    • any new income tax balances due, or instalments, being deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties
    • if expecting benefits under the Goods and Services Tax credit or the Canada Child Benefit, do not delay filing
  • mortgage support
    • homeowners may be eligible for mortgage payment deferral for an indefinite period
    • not mortgage forgiveness
      • interest is added to the outstanding balance of the mortgage
      • incorporated into the monthly payment either when payments resume at the end of the deferral or upon renewal at the end of the mortgage term
    • For more information, contact your bank or visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s webpage COVID-19: Understanding Mortgage Payment Deferral.
  • a moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans
    • six-month interest-free moratorium placed on federal portion of student loans
    • loan repayments and interest automatically suspended until September 30, 2020
    • students do not need to apply for the repayment pause

View a complete list of support and up-to-date information on the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Response Plan

Provincial support

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

Newfoundland & Labrador

New Brunswick

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

Ontario

Quebec

Prince Edward Island

Saskatchewan

Yukon

 

For questions, please email us.