First West Credit Union successfully closes $150 million, 2-year senior deposit notes offering

LANGLEY, B.C. – On November 29, 2022, First West Credit Union (“First West”) closed its offering (the “Offering”) of $150 million aggregate principal amount of senior deposit notes due on November 29, 2024 (the “Notes”).  The Notes are unsecured and bear a fixed interest rate of 6.767% per annum, paid semi-annually and commencing on May 29, 2023. DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) assigned the Notes a Long-Term Senior Debt Rating of BBB (high) with a Stable trend. 

“First West is working to become a stable, predictable issuer in debt capital markets over time and we were thrilled that our first issuance was well-received by investors,” says Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union. “Market-based funding options will help us capitalize on our balance sheet strength to gain additional financial capacity and flexibility to support our long-term growth strategies.” 

CIBC Capital Markets and Desjardins Capital Markets acted as joint bookrunners and Scotia Capital, National Bank Financial and RBC Dominion Securities acted as co-managers in respect of the Offering. 


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This media release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. 

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About First West Credit Union

First West Credit Union offers members the financial strength, comprehensive product selection and extended branch network of a large financial institution while maintaining local brand identities and a unique grassroots approach to service. Led by Launi Skinner, First West is one of Canada’s largest credit unions with nearly $18.6 billion in total assets and assets under administration, more than 253,000 members and approximately 1,250 team members. It operates 45 branches throughout the province under the Envision Financial, Valley First, Island Savings and Enderby & District Financial brands. Visit for more information on First West Credit Union.

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