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Financial Education Program for Secondary Students — Teaching Materials

As consumers from a young age, students already contribute to the financing of public services and social programs. Sooner or later, they will also enter the workforce, where they will be called upon to further contribute by reporting their income and paying taxes. As these services and programs are fundamental to ensuring the basic quality of life of all Quebecers, understanding the importance of this responsibility is an essential part of students' financial education.

Thorough and adaptable teaching materials 

Designed to meet the goals of the Financial Education Program for secondary students (PDF document – 901 KB) put together by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, our teaching materials include four learning and evaluation situations (LESs) (This link will open a new window) to help students:

  • learn about remuneration, taxation, tax evasion and consumption;
  • develop their ability to take a position on a financial issue.

Each LES was developed in conjunction with a team of content and pedagogical experts who are on top of evolving legislation and familiar with teachers' everyday reality. 

Our thorough and adaptable teaching materials will keep students interested as they learn about the tax system.

Learning and evaluation situations (LESs)

Click the links below for more information or to download the LESs. There are a total of eight documents, as each LES includes a teacher's guide and a student workbook.

History and Basics of Québec Income Tax and Consumption Taxes

History and Basics of Québec Income Tax and Consumption Taxes

Financial issue

Entering the workforce

Objective

Introduce the history of taxation and have students take a critical look at the basics of our tax system

Activities

  • A timeline and teacher-led discussions will help students understand the origins of income tax and the evolution of fiscal measures through the years, as well as their impact on our society.
  • Students will then poll their friends and family members to find out what they think about income tax and interpret the results. Lastly, they will discuss their own opinions on the basics of the tax system.

Income Tax Return

Income Tax Return

Financial issue

Entering the workforce

Objective

Explain how personal income tax works

Activities

  • Students will browse the Revenu Québec website for the information needed to complete their tax obligations.
  • Students will learn how an individual's income tax rate is determined.
  • Students will complete an income tax return using fictional data.

Tax Evasion: It's My Business Too!

Tax Evasion: It's My Business Too!

Financial issue

Entering the workforce

Objective

Teach students about the various forms of tax evasion and their effects on society

Activities

  • Teacher-led discussions will help students reflect on the various forms of tax evasion.
  • By considering hypothetical situations, students will reflect on the possible consequences of tax evasion. 
  • Students will put together a tax evasion awareness campaign.

Consumption Taxes

Consumption Taxes

Financial issue

Consuming goods and services

Objective

Have students form an opinion about a tax-related social issue

Activities

  • The teacher will assign articles on the subject.
  • Students will do research on their own.
  • Students will prepare a debate.
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