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Ontario students learn about money management through comedy


Toronto (February 6, 2017) – Ontario high school students can learn about money management through comedy thanks to the Funny Money for High Schools Assembly Program supported by Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, and the Government of Ontario, presented in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).

“Acquiring financial literacy skills at an early age can help set future generations up for success,” said Bill Maurin, President and CEO of Meridian. “The Funny Money shows are a fun and engaging way for youth to learn about money management, and Meridian is proud to sponsor these shows in 400 schools across Ontario.”

Hosted by comedians James Cunningham, Steve Levine and Denis Grignon, Funny Money is a one-hour comedy show that teaches youth about financial literacy and provides helpful tips on how to deal with the “real world” just around the corner. As the government works toward integrating financial literacy into the Ontario curriculum, the Funny Money program further reinforces the importance of money management in everyday life.

“When I saw Funny Money performed, I was blown away by how it perfectly weaves humour with education,” said Allan O’Dette, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “I’m truly proud that the OCC can help bring this wonderful program to so many students across Ontario."

“It’s so wonderful to be able to reach so many students across the province. I want to thank Meridian Credit Union, the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for giving us this incredible opportunity,” said Mr. Cunningham.

Together, the Funny Money team, the OCC, Meridian and the Government of Ontario will reach 400 schools and more than 200,000 students between Fall 2016 and Spring 2018. Upcoming shows for February include:

  • February 6  - Harbord Collegiate Institute, Toronto
  • February 10 – St. Basil-the-Great College School, Toronto
  • February 22 - Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School, Milton
  • February 23 - Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga

For more information on Funny Money and a full tour schedule go to and follow the Funny Money team on Twitter @FunnyMoneyMan, @MeridianCU and @OntarioCofC using hashtag #FunnyMoneyON.

About Meridian
With over 70 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping to grow the lives of its more than a quarter of a million Members, including over 23,000 business Members. Meridian has $14 billion in assets under management and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 86 branches, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,300 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit:  
About The Ontario Chamber of Commerce:
For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario business. Our mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of our network’s diverse 60,000 members.

From innovative SMEs to established multi-national corporations and industry associations, the OCC is committed to working with our members to improve business competitiveness across all sectors. We represent local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in over 135 communities across Ontario, steering public policy conversations provincially and within local communities. Through our focused programs and services, we enable companies to grow at home and in export markets.

The OCC provides exclusive support, networking opportunities, and access to innovative insight and analysis for our members. Through our export programs, we have approved over 1,300 applications, and companies have reported results of over $250 million in export sales. The OCC is Ontario’s business advocate.


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