Originally established in 1995 and formerly named The Edmonton Community Loan Fund Society (ECLF), as a non-profit organization its mandate was to provide low-income residents of the Edmonton area a viable alternative to acquiring small business loans when more conventional options were exhausted.
In recent years, the organization noted that the demand for these types of loans was declining. However, it continued receiving a high volume of inquiries with regards to accessing personal loans, consolidation loans and payday loans. This trend of ever increasing personal debt pointed towards a deeper need in the Edmonton Community…..the need for financial literacy education.

Today, the organization's focus has shifted to providing financial literacy courses to those in need. On January 24, 2006, the organization officially changed its name to the Edmonton Financial Literacy Society (EFLS) in order to better reflect the type of programs and services that it is presently providing to the community. Currently, in partnership with other non-profit organizations, financial literacy courses are being delivered to low income, marginalized population segments & youth.

Aboriginal Project

EFLS sees that many within the Aboriginal community struggle greatly with money management and firmly believes that this can be improved with effective financial literacy courses that are tailored to their unique situation and background.

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Developing community partnerships is a major part of EFLS'S mandate to support the community and expand the delivery of Financial Literacy courses. It is an effective way to use existing community resources, to develop new projects to meet the ever changing needs of the community.

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