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Our Story

It all began in the early fifties, it was a time of optimism and prosperity. The economy was moving out of the war years and there was a renewed enthusiasm for the future. People lived in close-knit communities and merchants knew their neighbours and customers, often anticipating the products and services their customers needed.

Today Island Savings is part of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s strongest and most innovative cooperative financial institutions. We’re obsessed with one core purpose: to simplify lives, helping our members and communities thrive. 

As a credit union, our profits go back to you. That's how we're able to offer free personal chequing with no strings attached, with free Interac e-Transfer®, low-fee business accounts, better mortgage rates and higher rates on your deposits.   

That's also how we can provide the best advice that's in your interest. Whether you're starting a new business or buying a home or planning for your retirement, our experts take the time to learn what matters to you.   

We grow because you grow, not at your expense.   

Our roots are still the same. Our heart has always been for local businesses, local communities, neighbours helping neighbours succeed.  


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“For nearly 70 years the team at Island Savings has been helping local families and businesses succeed through a cooperative approach to banking that keeps resources right here in our communities. We help our members thrive by providing expert financial advice, market-leading digital services and remarkable relationship-based experiences. Our members can bank when, where and how they want. Giving back to our communities is also a key part of who we are—we’re proud partners with many local community organizations and causes, and together we’re making Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands an even better place to live, work and play.”

Kendall Gross, President

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Our Make a Difference Days encourage employees to volunteer in their communities with local non-profit agencies.  We're boots on the ground, supporting a wide variety of community projects.  Since 2007, we've taken part in 597 projects and served 10,936 hours.

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Community Partnerships

Through our partnership with the First West Foundation, ​$580, 317 has been granted from the foundation’s 15 endowments and charitable giving campaigns in 2019.

Do Some Good

Our employees spent 5,963 hours helping those in need and building our local communities in 2019 with 2,590 hours given during work hours.

The Full Cupboard

We are on a mission to raise food, funds and awareness for our local food banks. In 2019 alone, we provided over 232,650 meals through our Signature Cause, The Full Cupboard.

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Everything is easier with a little help.

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