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Money on Trees

FirstOntario believes in financial literacy, consumer advocacy and educating young adults so that they have the knowledge, confidence and skills to make responsible financial decisions. Our Money on Trees blog starts and continues the conversation about managing personal finances for people aged 18-30. This program also offers free, in-class financial literacy seminars to high school students, post-secondary institutions and community groups. The interactive seminar outlines topics discussed on the blog and was created to help young adults find resources and the financial information required to answer all of their everyday money management questions.


1stbiz (Micro Lending Program)

1stBiz is a unique, comprehensive program offering education, guidance, funding and support to entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own business. This new program is available to all Members of the community with an entrepreneurial spirit, who are looking to create sustainable self-employment.

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Community Assistance Program

Reaching Out When Help Is Needed Most

When one of our Members loses his or her job, FirstOntario’s Community Assistance Program offers them the opportunity to re-evaluate their finances, review their cash flow and create a financial plan that works for them while they’re unemployed.

And Helping You Get Back on Your Feet

FirstOntario also provides social services to help our Members who are looking for work. For example, we compile a comprehensive list of all resources available in the community, and we arrange in-class seminars on resume writing and interview techniques.

All of this is, of course, without any cost to the Member. It’s just another way we give back to our communities.

If you have any questions about the Micro Lending Program, please call our Member Solutions Centre at 1-800-616-8878.


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