Empower U Building Confident Futures 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, Strategic Initiatives, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region at (780) 990-1000.


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 is a community-based organization in northeast Edmonton that works together with community residents to affect positive change in their lives. The organization runs Empower U groups for women twice a year, once a week for 14 weeks.

Phone: (780) 474 -5011


Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton is a nonprofit organization that fosters the dignity and worth of all women and girls who are or maybe be at risk of becoming criminalized. Empower U groups are offered three times a year, once a week for 10 weeks.

Phone: (780) 784-2203


Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is a nonprofit organization based out of Edmonton with chapters throughout the province that recognizes the role, value, and achievements of Aboriginal women in society and raises awareness about the challenges and obstacles faced by Aboriginal women.

Located in west Edmonton, Empower U groups are offered four times a year, once a week for 16 weeks.  Each group is designed to accommodate the participants schedule and location. Contact IAAW to confirm program location.

Phone: (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, the organization runs three Empower U groups a year, once a week for 10 weeks. Groups are held in the evenings.

Phone: (780) 471-6137


Wings of Providence and City of Edmonton is a 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 are offered twice a year, once a week for ten weeks.

Phone: (780) 426-4985


E4C is a local nonprofit focused on supporting Edmonton’s low income community by providing housing supports, school nutrition and education, youth programs, and other community programs. Empower U groups are offered twice a year, once a week for 11 weeks at varying locations.

Phone: (780) 424-7543


Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre is an Edmonton based organization that has been supporting children and families since 1963. It provides a wide range of programs and support services focused on supporting optimal childhood development and creating positive and healthy change for children and families. Empower U groups are offered four times a year, once a week for 15 weeks at two locations. This is the only Empower U program open to women, men and couples.

Phone:  (780) 471-3737


Community Adult Learning and Literacy Society is a nonprofit society in Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan that focuses on literacy, foundational learning, and English language learning. Empower U groups are offered twice a year, once a week for 10 weeks.

Phone:  (780) 667-8441


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.  Empower U groups are offered three times a year, once a week for 12 weeks.

Phone: (780) 496-9224


ATB Financial is Empower U’s financial partner.  ATB hosts and maintains the savings accounts for Empower U participants partaking in the matched savings component. ATB has implemented an Ambassador program at its branches to exclusively serve Empower U participants.

City of Edmonton Community Services promotes opportunities to acquire skills and improve access to supports that enhance financial security and well being. The City works with a variety of community partners, including the Edmonton Financial Empowerment Collaborative to support people living on a low income to expand their financial knowledge, reduce debt, grow savings and build assets.

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region mobilizes collective action to create pathways out of poverty. United Way envisions a poverty-free community where:

  1. All children and youth achieve their full potential, complete high school and set a course toward a bright future.

  2. All individuals and families attain greater independence and financial stability, contributing to their personal success and the success of our economy.

  3. Everyone feels a meaningful connection to the community, enjoying a strong sense of wellbeing and safety, for themselves and their families.

4 Pillars Consulting Group offers a variety of services specific to people in debt. They outline the options available and walk through the process of debt settlement, credit and financial literacy awareness. 4 Pillars provides support to Empower U through its connections with external stakeholders and by being a guest lecturer on the topic of credit and debt repayment.

Business by Numbers Ltd. provides practical and innovative solutions that assist business owners grow their business and optimize cash flow. Business By Number provides support to the Empower U program through the development and delivery of training targeted to build capacity amongst financial literacy facilitators in the Alberta Capital Region.

The Canadian Home Program is one of the industry’s leading home ownership programs and is designed to assist anyone who needs a helping hand in becoming a homeowner. The program teaches financial literacy, money management, and how to qualify for a mortgage. After completing the education session and demonstrating the ability to qualify for home ownership the program provides consumers with financial assistance towards their down payment.

Funding Partners

  • ATB Financial
  • AIMCo Foundation for Financial Education
  • Edmonton Community Foundation
  • Government of Alberta
  • Intact Foundation
  • The Stollery Charitable Family Foundation
  • The City of Edmonton
  • United Way of the Alberta Capital Region

Collaborative Partners

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