For Immediate Release
July 12, 2006

Canadians share money-savvy tips in online contest

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, 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.

For more information:

Yukon Securities Registry
Richard Roberts
867-667-5225
Richard.roberts@gov.yk.ca

British Columbia Securities Commission
Andrew Poon
604-899-6880
1-800-373-6393 (BC & Alberta only)
www.bcsc.bc.ca

Securities Registry
Northwest Territories
Gary MacDougall
867-920-8984
www.justice.gov.nt.ca/

Alberta Securities Commission
Tamera Van Brunt
(403) 297-2664
1-877-355-0585
www.albertasecurities.com
tamera.vanbrunt@seccom.ab.ca

Nunavut Securities Registry
Gary Crowe
867-975-6190
GCrowe@gov.nu.ca

Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission
Barbara Shourounis
306-787-5842
www.sfsc.gov.sk.ca
bshourounis@sfsc.gov.sk.ca

Manitoba Securities Commission
Ainsley Cunningham
204-945-4733
1-800-655-5244 (Manitoba only)
www.msc.gov.mb.ca
aicunningh@gov.mb.ca

Ontario Securities Commission
Perry Quinton
416-593-2348
1-877-785-1555 (toll free in Canada)
www.investorED.ca
pquinton@osc.gov.ca

Autorité des marchés financiers
Frédéric Alberro
514-395-0558, ext. 2176
1-800-361-5072 (Québec only)
www.lautorite.qc.ca
frederic.alberro@lautorite.qc.ca

New Brunswick. Securities Commission
Natalie Green
506-643-7745
1-866-933-2222 (New Brunswick only)
www.nbsc-cvmnb.ca
natalie.green@nbsc-cvmnb.ca

Nova Scotia Securities Commission
Chris Pottie
902-424-5393
www.gov.ns.ca/nssc
pottiec@gov.ns.ca

Department of Attorney General
Prince Edward Island
Mark Gallant
902-368-4552
www.gov.pe.ca/securities
mlgallant@gov.mb.ca

Financial Services Regulation Division Newfoundland and Labrador
Doug Connolly
709-729-2594
www.gov.nl.ca/scon
connolly@gov.nl.ca