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Western Union Offers Fee-Free Money Transfers Within Canada to Alberta

Published 05-12-16

Submitted by Western Union

To support communities and families affected by the recent wildfires in Alberta, The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, today announced it would enable consumers in  Canada to send money to Alberta with no transfer fee, through June 30, 2016.

In addition, the Western Union Foundation is matching up to $25,000 USD (approximately $32,000 CAD) in Western Union Agent donations to the Canadian Red Cross Society. 

Also, consumers in  Canada and the US can  donate to the Canadian Red Cross Society through June 30 with no transfer fee*, by using the Western Union®   Quick Collect® service at participating Western Union Agent locations.

Consumer Fee-Free Money Transfers: Consumers in Canada who want to take advantage of fee-free transactions to Alberta can send from a participating Western Union® Agent location in Canada by providing the promotion code “AB Relief” to complete their transaction. Their receiver in Alberta can pick up funds at participating Agent locations across Alberta, including Money Mart and Cash Money.**

Agent Matching Program: The Western Union Foundation will also provide a 1:1 match of qualifying contributions from participating Western Union Agents around the globe, up to $25,000 USD. 

Fee-free donations to the Canadian Red Cross Society: Consumers in Canada and the US who want to take advantage of the fee-free transaction can donate directly to the Red Cross “Canada Wildfire Relief” account from participating Western Union Agent locations. 

To donate directly to the Canadian Red Cross Society, consumers must complete the blue Payments form, using “Canada Wildfire Relief” in the Account field.

Canadian Consumers: Use “Red Cross Canada” as the Pay To recipient, and “REDCROSSCANADA ON” as the Code City.

US Consumers: Use “American Red Cross” as the Pay To recipient, and “REDCROSS DC” as the Code City.

Western Union Employee Matching Program: With support from Western Union, the Western Union Foundation is activating its 2:1 humanitarian match, up to $25,000 USD, for Canadian employees now through May 23, 2016. 

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the devastating wildfires in Alberta,” said Juan Carlos Blanco, Vice President and General Manager at Western Union in Canada. “We have Agent locations throughout Alberta where people are being redirected, including Edmonton, Grand Prairie and Calgary. We are committed to helping the communities in which we serve, and want to enable their ability to rebuild, by transferring money quickly, conveniently, and with no transfer fee.”

*Western Union makes money on the exchange of currencies.

**Due to the severity of the wildfire, some Western Union Agent locations in the affected areas of Alberta may not be immediately operational or possess sufficient funds.


About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2016, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to over a billion accounts. In 2015, The Western Union Company completed 262 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $82 billion of principal between consumers, and 508 million business payments. For more information, visit


About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all.  Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future.  Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world.  Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $106 million in grants and other giving.  These funds have been pledged to more than 2,794 nongovernmental organizations in more than 137 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity.  To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.

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The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, believes access to financial services is a necessity. Western Union moves money reliably and quickly to almost every country - and we do it for extraordinary people seeking a better life and for businesses that generate jobs and opportunity.

Our business changes lives for the better. So does the Western Union Foundation: since 2001, the Western Union Foundation has awarded more than $101.1 million in grants to more than 2,730 nongovernmental organizations in more than 135 countries and territories..

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