Montréal - The Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF") today announced the education, public awareness and research projects that will receive financial support from the Education and Good Governance Fund (EGGF). The Assessment Committee selected 13 projects submitted before the deadline of September 30, 2012 for total financial support in the amount of $1,455,371.

Among the new projects are two awareness-raising media campaigns aimed at the general public that the EGGF will contribute to. The first will be carried out in collaboration with TC Transcontinental as part of the Déficit Zéro show This link will open in a new window, running until March 2013 on Télé-Québec, and the second will be the publication of a series of articles in La Presse covering damage insurance, investment products and financial planning. In addition, a new broadcast phase of the 5bonnesquestions.ca This link will open in a new window campaign (in French only) is also planned.

Also worth noting is a research project on hedge funds being conducted at UQAM. In terms of education, the AMF is supporting a project by Éducaloi, which will create video capsules on legal and financial matters for young people. Lastly, Fonds d'emprunt Québec will receive support to facilitate the implementation of financial education programs on micro insurance, micro saving and microcredit.

Since its establishment in 2004, the EGGF has supported 127 projects with over $20.8 million in financing for projects focusing on investor protection and education, the promotion of good governance and the advancement of knowledge.

In addition the AMF takes this opportunity to publish two brochures about the EGGF. The first presents its new Excellence Program This link will open in a new window that was created last year to offer university scholarships of $5,000 and $10,000 at the master's and doctoral levels, respectively. The second brochure focuses specifically on the research aspect of the EGGF This link will open in a new window.

The EGGF accepts projects submitted no later than September 30 and March 30 of each year in order to encourage innovative projects that have a measurable impact on its target clients and sustain the development, vitality and expansion of Québec's financial sector.

The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is the regulatory and oversight body for Québec's financial sector.

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