Gail Vaz-Oxlade

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade
Born Gail Vaz
(1959-06-18) June 18, 1959 (age 55)[1][2]
Nationality Jamaican, Canadian
Occupation financial writer, television host

Gail Vaz-Oxlade (born June 18, 1959 in Jamaica) is a Jamaican-Canadian financial writer and television personality who lives in Brighton, Ontario, Canada. Vaz-Oxlade hosts the Canadian television series Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess and, most recently, Money Moron. Vaz-Oxlade is also a regular columnist for Yahoo! Canada Finance. Previously, she was a regular feature writer for The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine magazine, IE: Money, and, among others.[1][3] Gail most recently ventured into the divorce realm by offering financially based divorce services through the Common Sense Divorce.


Vaz-Oxlade began her career after moving to Canada, working as an administrative assistant and later taking a job in marketing.[4] In that role she was asked by a banking client to write a manual for its employees on its Registered Retirement Savings Plan products, which grew into Vaz-Oxlade writing all of the bank's technical materials.[4] Within a number of years, Vaz-Oxlade began freelance writing, ultimately writing 27 columns every month.[1][4]

Citing burn-out, Vaz-Oxlade quit and moved to Brighton, Ontario with her family and over a two-year period did volunteer work and raised her family.[4] After that time, she was asked by a production company to host Til Debt Do Us Part.[4] In her role on that show, Vaz-Oxlade describes herself as a "super nanny for money".[1] After seven seasons of hosting the program, Vaz-Oxlade agreed to continue with the show if the network, Slice, allowed her to do a new show. The network agreed, resulting in the creation of Princess, which focuses on young women rather than couples.[4]

In 2011, Vaz-Oxlade began a campaign advocating for changes in the way lenders assess lending criteria, particularly for credit cards.[5] As part of that effort, Vaz-Oxlade urged Canadian consumers to stop using their credit cards for one week and pay cash only; as well, she urged Canadians to write to their Members of Parliament to urge changes in legislation restricting the use of credit scores in the granting of credit.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Born to a wealthy family in Jamaica, Vaz-Oxlade immigrated to Canada with her family in 1977. Born Gail Elizabeth Theresa Vaz.[4] Her family includes Douglas Vaz a former president of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association and former Minister of Industry and Commerce. Her surname is the result of hyphenating her maiden name and her first husband's surname.[4] She has been married three times: the first marriage lasted one year (he was physically abusive towards Vaz-Oxlade) ; the second lasted nine years; and the third lasted eighteen years.[4] However, Vaz-Oxlade, in a money-saving endeavour, has not divorced her last husband. Rather, they are legally separated.[4] Vaz-Oxlade has two children, Alexandra (Alex) Kaitlin Prue (born September 1st, 1993) and Malcolm Kenneth Prue (born March 1st, 1996)both by c-section. [3]


Vaz-Oxlade has written several books, including:

  • A Woman of Independent Means: A Woman's Guide to Full Financial Security
  • Dead Cat Bounce: The Skinny of E-vesting
  • The RRSP Answer Book
  • Shopping For Money: Strategies for Successful Borrowing
  • The Money Tree Myth: A Parent's Guide to Helping Kids Unravel the Mysteries of Money
  • The Retirement Answer Book
  • The Borrower's Answer Book
  • Education Planning (CCH Financial Advisers Series)
  • A Woman of Independent Means: A Guide for Women Who Want to Take Control of Their Personal Finances
  • Debt Free Forever[3]
  • Never Too Late[3]
  • Money-Smart Kids (digital only)[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Personal debt makes good reality television". Financial Post. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
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  3. ^ a b c d e Suzanne Ellis (2011-11-20). "How to teach your kids about money". CityNews Toronto. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Sarah Hampson (2010-01-30). "Gail Vaz-Oxlade: The accidental guru". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  5. ^ a b Tom McFeat (2011-11-07). "Banks hooking Canadians on credit, Gail Vaz-Oxlade says". CBC. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 

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