Ottawa Women's Credit Union

Alterna Savings warmly welcomes Ottawa Women’s Credit Union Members

For over 33 years the Ottawa Women’s Credit Union (OWCU) provided financial products, services and training based on the philosophy of women helping women to become financially independent. At the time, no financial institution in the city served the specific needs of women. Even professional women with stable jobs struggled to get loans without a man’s signature.

The Ottawa Women’s Credit Union in Centretown opened with the promise that employees would be local women, money deposited by members would remain in the community, and on-the-job training would give low-income single mothers new employment opportunities.

For more than three decades, we provided support and counselling designed to encourage financial independence. Moving forward, we are building on our proud history of women empowering women and their communities in a partnership with an organization compatible with those values.

This legacy of financial literacy and autonomy lives on with the merger of the OWCU and Alterna Savings which took place on October 31st, 2013. Today they form Alterna Savings’ Centretown Community Branch, where a full-service, community-focused team of people are ready to serve you with a smile.

We were pleased to help you as the OWCU, and we’re even more pleased to partner with you today as Alterna Savings.

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Contact Us

Alterna Savings Centretown Community Branch
(formerly Ottawa Women's Credit Union)
271 Bank Street
Ottawa, On Canada
K2P 1X5

t: 613.560.6698
f: 613.233.6413

Hours of Operation

Monday to Wednesday 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Thursday & Friday 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Now open Mondays to serve you better!