Women’s Financial Empowerment Program

The Women’s Financial Empowerment Program is a collaboration with Family Services Ottawa and Resolve Counselling Services Canada. Our goal is to support women who have experienced gender-based violence in obtaining financial empowerment and independence. We have two services available, one-on-one financial and credit counselling sessions and a series of workshops to support financial empowerment and education.

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One-on-One Financial and Credit Counselling Sessions – FREE

We offer confidential advice on managing money and overcoming debt. First, our Certified Credit Counsellors will sit down with you to review and understand your personal financial situation. From there, our counsellors will help you explore all the options that are available to you to eliminate debt, manage money, and create a plan that leads to economic empowerment and independence.

These sessions are completely free and you may attend more than one session.

Sessions can be booked by calling 1-800-379-5556 and mentioning the Women’s Financial Empowerment Program.

Sessions will take place over a secure video platform or by telephone depending on your preference.

Click HERE to download the program brochure

Financial Education Workshop Series – FREE

Below are some of our upcoming workshop topics. All workshops are FREE to attend and take place over a secure video platform. Workshop dates and online registration will be available soon. For any additional information, please contact Brittany at bsmyth@familyservicesottawa.org

Budgeting to Move Forward and Thrive

We will cover how to create and manage a budget that incorporates your financial goals and plans for the future. There will be worksheets provided to help you set up your own budget based on your needs and financial objectives.

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Understanding Debt: Rights, Responsibilities, and Options

We will take a practical look at understanding and managing debt. We will discuss the different types of debt and what happens when you have joint debt with a former partner. We will also cover some of the options available to deal with debt, debt management programs, bankruptcy and consumer proposals.

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Real-Life Money Management

A great overview of all things “money”, including: budgeting, setting financial goals, obtaining and using credit, types of credit, and interest rates. We will discuss options available to address debt and deal with collections agencies. Lastly, we will cover saving, RRSP’s and RESP’s.

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Click HERE to download the program brochure

*This program is funded by the Government of Canada and Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) through the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

*Childcare financial support is available for women who require it to attend a session or workshop, please contact bsmyth@familyservicesottawa.org

Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601