ELLA has maintained a strong partnership with the University of Alberta Department of Extension for the past 15 years. The founding members of ELLA collaborated with the U of A to provide lifelong learning opportunities for people 50+ when the Faculty was no longer able to do so. This partnership has evolved over the years and contracts renegotiated to suit the needs of both parties.

The U of A Faculty of Extension affiliation adds prestige, integrity, and academic rigor for ELLA lifelong learning opportunities. The Faculty benefits because ELLA provides a unique opportunity for learning for older adults.