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Visa Canada launches revamped financial literacy website

Toronto, ON November 4, 2009 Building on Visa's 12 year history of providing free financial resources to Canadians, Visa Canada announced today the re-launch of The Practical Money Skills website offers an easy-to-navigate user interface with cost calculators, budget templates, games and quizzes to help Canadians understand and better manage their personal finances.

"The Practical Money Skills site is packed with information," said Tim Wilson, Head of Visa Canada. "The new site is more engaging, easier to use and has information for young adults, teachers and Canadian consumers contemplating any number of financial decisions."

For consumers, personal finance information on the site is organized into three categories: Saving & Spending, Credit & Debt, and Life Events. The sub-topics in each category are paired with corresponding calculators, brochure and information that can be downloaded and helpful links.

For educators, Visa Canada's Choices & Decisions: Taking Charge of Your Financial Life, a curriculum based financial literacy resource program developed by educators, is available free for download and hard copies of the kit may be ordered through the site's Educators section. The Choices & Decisions resource was updated in 2009 and, since March, has been distributed to 2422 teachers and resource centres across the country.

Visa has committed to reaching 20 million people with financial literacy information globally by 2013. In an effort to expand the reach of its financial literacy materials in Canada, website visitors can download the Practical Money Skills brochure in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Punjabi as well as English and French.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. operates the world's largest retail electronic payments network providing processing services and payment product platforms. This includes consumer credit, debit, prepaid and commercial payments, which are offered under the Visa, Visa Electron, Interlink and PLUS brands. Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the world, and Visa/PLUS is one of the world's largest global ATM networks, offering cash access in local currency in more than 170 countries. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:

Dan Madge, Fleishman Hillard, 416.645.8188,
Carla Morin, Visa Canada, 416-860-8850,

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