CSA Securities

Montreal – “Try to save five dollars every day” is the simple but effective winning tip in a contest sponsored by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), designed to get people across the country to share their good financial habits with each other.

Pamela Shaw of Kitchener, Ontario is the first winner in the CSA’s This is your life… for better or for worse campaign to increase public awareness about the importance of saving and investing. Shaw’s entry was one of nearly 3000 submitted online at www.thisisyourlife.ca This link will open in a new window, a website launched by the CSA in January.

Shaw will receive a new portable DVD player for her winning financial tip. Until the end of November, Canadians can still enter to win prizes online by sharing a tip that’s helped them practice healthy financial habits.

Some other useful tips submitted by money-savvy Canadians include:

  • Don’t put money on a credit card that you can’t pay off at the end of the month.
  • Make a budget and stick to it, but always allow for little extras and big emergencies.
  • Set up automatic savings so that you forget about it and it just grows.
  • Contribute to your child’s RESP weekly rather than in a lump sum.

More tips will be featured on the website after the contest closes.

The CSA created This is your life… for better or for worse in response to research showing that major life events motivate people to seek out investment information. The campaign specifically targets people who might be getting married, starting a family, planning retirement or receiving a financial windfall.

“Our message is that no matter where you are in life, it’s important to find different ways to save and invest your money,” said Jean St-Gelais, Chair of the CSA and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers.

The CSA is the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories whose objectives are to improve, coordinate, and harmonize regulation of Canadian capital markets.

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For more information:

CSA member name

Point of contact

Phone number

E-mail

Alberta Securities Commission

Tamera Van Brunt

403-297-2664

tamera.vanbrundt@seccom.ab.ca

Autorité des marchés financiers

Frédéric Alberro

514-940-395-0558, ext. 2176

frederic.alberro@lautorite.qc.ca

British Columbia Securities Commission

Andrew Poon

604-899-6880

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Department of Attorney General, Prince Edward Island

Mark Gallant

902-368-4552

mlgallant@gov.mb.ca

Financial Services Regulation Division, Newfoundland and Labrador

Doug Connolly

709-729-2594

Connolly@gov.nl.ca

Manitoba Securities Commission

Ainsley Cunningham

204-945-4733

aicunningh@gov.mb.ca

New Brunswick. Securities Commission

Natalie Green

506-643-7745

natalie.green@nbsc-cvmnb.ca

Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Chris Pottie

902-424-5393

pottiec@gov.ns.ca

Nunavut Securities Registry

Gary Crowe

867-975-6190

GCrowe@gov.nu.ca

Ontario Securities Commission

Perry Quinton

416-593-2348

pquinton@osc.gov.on.ca

Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission

Barbara Shourounis

306-787-5871

bshourounis@sfsc.gov.sk.ca

Securities Registry Northwest Territories

Donald MacDougall

867-920-8984

donald_macdougall@gov.nt.ca

Yukon Securities Registry

Richard Roberts

867-667-5225

Richard.roberts@gov.yk.ca