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Empower U combines financial literacy programs with a 1:2 matched savings component. This means every dollar saved by group participants generates two dollars in matched contributions. 

Empower U is open to people of diverse backgrounds who are experiencing low income and poverty. While the primary focus of Empower U is on women, one agency, Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre is open to both men and women living with low income.  Matched savings may be used only for designated purposes related to improving their financial circumstances.  These purchases could include a range of purchases related to improving their education, employability or housing stability.  

For more information about Empower U contact Joanne Currie, Director, Financial Stability and Independence, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region at 780.990.1000.

Empower U is an initiative of the Edmonton Financial Empowerment Collaborative.


Nine agencies facilitate Empower U programs. To learn more about an agency, simply click on their name to visit their website.


The Candora Society of Edmonton, a community-based organization in northeast Edmonton that works together with community residents to effect positive change in their lives runs an Empower U program for woman 18 and older. Groups run 1 day/week for 14 weeks. Participants complete the program with 7 Months of savings.

Contact: Susan Catlin (780) 474 -5011


Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, an organization downtown that fosters the dignity and worth of all women runs an Empower U program for women and girls who are, or are at risk of being criminalized. Groups run 1 day/week for 14 weeks. Participants complete the program with 6 months of savings.

Contact: Kathleen Oldring (780) 784-2203


Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is a west Edmonton venue for Aboriginal women to connect to other Aboriginal women.  Empower U programs run 1 afternoon/week.

Contact: Bernadette (780) 479-8195


CEASE - Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation has a vision for a community where there is hope, respect and transformation for individuals, families and communities affected by sexual exploitation. Located in north Edmonton, Empower U programs for women run once per week for 14 weeks.

Contact: Gaye (780) 471-6137


Wings of Providence and City of Edmonton - Wings is a west end second-stage women's shelter which provides comprehensive transition programs and independent living in a safe and supportive environment for women with children who have experienced family violence. Empower U Groups run 3 hours biweekly for 12 sessions.

Contact: Chantal Hunter (780)426-4985 or chunter@wingsofprovidence.ca)


E4C is a local non-profit focused on supporting Edmonton’s low income community by providing housing supports, school nutrition and education, youth programs, and other community programs. E4C conducts Empower U sessions at varying locations including the E4C Financial HUB. The E4C Financial HUB is located downtown and provides participants with household financial money management services, financial literacy development, and individual development accounts. Empower U runs twice a year at varying locations for 10 weekly session.

Contact: Luc for dates and locations at (780) 424-5408 ext 163


Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre is an Edmonton based organization that has been supporting children and families since 1963. It provide a wide range of programs and support services focused on supporting optimal childhood development and creating positive and healthy change for children and families. This is the only Empower U program open to men and women.

Contact:  Phone No.:  (780) 471-3737


Lives in Transition offers assistance to women whose primary barrier to employment is a history of domestic abuse by helping them move toward an end goal of employment, further education, or training.

Phone No.:  (780) 496-9224


Strathcona County - Family and Community Services provides a variety of social programs to positively affect the quality of life for residents in the Strathcona County. They are committed to increasing the ability of individuals, families and communities to prevent or address social problems.

Contact: Pat Bodnar (780) 464-8440



Alberta Human Services - The department develops and delivers policies, programs and services to foster labour force development; ensure fair, safe and healthy workplaces; and help those in need. The department also provides leadership for immigration and inter-provincial labour mobility policy for the Government of Alberta, and coordinates resources to support the settlement and integration of new Albertans. 

City of Edmonton Community Services – Social Workers with the City of Edmonton Community Services link Financial Literacy and Asset Building to a range of individual and community concerns.   They work with marginalized populations and respond with poverty reduction strategies.  They offer direct service in the form of Financial Literacy Success groups, and help coordinate community initiatives such as Make Tax Time Pay and Financial Information Resource Fairs. 

4 Pillars Consulting Group - Since 1998, 4 Pillars Consulting Group has supervised the successful restructuring of millions of dollars of debt held by over 8000 clients across Canada, with settlements averaging 25% of original debts owed. We negotiate the lowest possible settlements for debtors, helping them show restitution to creditors and prevent claims of bankruptcy.  4 Pillars acts on behalf of the debtor, not the creditor. We are one of the only companies in the industry with this approach to debt elimination and financial restructuring, resulting in services that put debtors back on track with rebuilding credit and effectively managing their finances. 

Business by Numbers Ltd. - Kim Deep, BA, CBA is a successful entrepreneur, author, and financial empowerment advocate. She has over 30 years experience in the accounting industry, with 20 of those years as a CMA/CPA (Certified Management Accountant/Chartered Public Accountant). She founded Business By Numbers Ltd in December 2007 from her passion to help business owners and individuals learn about money, and how to make it work for them so they can live a lifestyle of choice. Through developing The Pain-Free Accounting Process, which can be applied to all types of companies and industries, Kim has grown her accounting services business into a global operation with Number Ninjas and team members serving clients through offices in Edmonton, Alberta, and Mexico.  Business By Numbers supports financial empowerment workshop delivery thru The Family Wealth Academy which Kim founded in 2005.

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region - United Way is at the core of a movement. It’s a movement inspired by a genuine passion for social change. It’s a movement powered by people willing to share their time, talent and resources in favour of the common good. And it’s a movement that is improving individual lives and the social conditions of our community every single day. Our work as an organization inspires and empowers individual and corporate citizens to participate in this dynamic philanthropic effort. We offer to community our knowledge, our networks and our tools so that good intentions can be leveraged into positive and impactful action. United Way serves the Edmonton Census Metropolitan area including Edmonton, the City of Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, the County of Strathcona, the City of St. Albert, the City of Leduc, the County of Leduc, the City of Spruce Grove, the Town of Stony Plain and the County of Parkland. 

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