The Consumer Financial Education Fund
The Consumer Financial Education Fund (CFEF) is a new consumer advancement fund established by the Government of BC to provide financial education to consumers related to high-cost financial services, including payday loans, high-cost credit products, and government cheque cashing services.
Read the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, Part 8 Division 3
What will the CFEF be used for?
The purpose of the CFEF is to provide financial education to consumers around high-cost financial services. CFEF monies can also be used for activities that will increase compliance with the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, and to pay for the administration of the Fund.
Who pays into it?
The High-Cost Credit Products Regulation states that both licensed payday lenders and licensed high-cost credit grantors need to contribute to the CFEF.
The CFEF contribution is paid anytime an application is submitted for a high-cost credit grantor and a payday lending licence – this includes new licences and renewal licences. The contribution must also be paid for applications for branch office licences.
Read the High-Cost Credit Product Regulation
How will the CFEF be managed?
We administer other Funds on behalf of the Government of BC, including the Travel Assurance Fund and Consumer Advancement Fund. Like these other Funds, the CFEF will be audited annually by an independent third-party accounting firm.
CFEF statements will also be included in the notes to our year-end Financial Statements which are also audited. These Financial Statements will include an accounting of the administration of the CFEF for the preceding fiscal year.
Learn about the Travel Assurance Fund in the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, Part 8, and the Travel Industry Regulation, Part 3
Learn about the Consumer Advancement Fund in the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, section 169