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Visa Canada releases updated classroom-ready financial literacy resource

(Toronto, ON) February 6, 2009 – Visa Inc. announced today in Canada the launch of its newly revised financial literacy resource, Choices & Decisions: Taking Charge of Your Financial Life. Originally published in 1996, Choices & Decisions is an in-class resource used by educators across the country to help students and young adults set financial goals, develop budgets, identify how and when to use credit and the basics of the banking system.

"Whether you're teaching math, career education or business, the Choices & Decisions program offers great lessons teachers can use to help enhance their students' financial literacy," said Martin Runge, President, British Columbia Business Educators Association, teacher, and member of the Choices & Decisions Educator Review panel.

Choices & Decisions includes practical, ready-to-use, lesson plans designed by classroom teachers for use in today’s school. Each lesson contains goals, lesson objectives, timelines, teacher notes, teaching instructions and evaluation suggestions. There are supplemental activities to help engage all levels of students and the lesson plans include overheads, quizzes and student activity worksheets. Each of the 15 lessons are designed to give teachers’ the information they need to help their students understand financial planning and budgeting, develop better money management skills, set goals and start planning for financial milestones like attending a post-secondary institution, moving out or buying a car.

The updated resource, which now also includes information to help students protect themselves from financial fraud, was developed by a panel of educators to meet curriculum requirements for high schools across the country. Teachers can order hard copies of the resource or download copies of Choices & Decisions through www.practicalmoneyskills.ca.

"The new Choices & Decisions kit has been updated so that it continues to be relevant to today's students," said Amy Cole, Acting Head of Corporate Communications, Visa Canada. “We’ve already received over 700 requests from teachers for the new resource, which is available in French and English, and believe that it offers a comprehensive suite of materials that will help students make informed financial decisions."

For over 12 years, Visa Canada's free Choices & Decisions financial literacy program has helped more than 500,000 Canadian students better understand the fundamentals of budgeting, saving and the wise use of credit. Visa Canada’s Practical Money Skills website offers information for consumers, and a companion brochure to the Practical Money Skills website in English and French is also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Punjabi.

As part of this ongoing commitment to financial literacy, Visa Inc. has pledged to reach an additional 10 million people worldwide by 2013 with personal finance education.

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 www.corporate.visa.com.

For more information, contact:
Janine Allen, Fleishman Hillard, 416-645-3657,Janine.Allen@fleishman.ca

Carla Morin, Visa Canada, 416-860-8850, camorin@visa.com

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