Creating unrivaled banking experiences

Our vision is to simplify lives and help members and communities thrive. This is why we exist. We live this out through four principles—we call them our Big Ideals—that enable us to change the way Canadians think about banking.

Succeed together

We bring real value to members by reinventing ourselves and our business again and again. Only by working together can we offer innovative solutions that help local communities thrive.

Act local

Our focus is on making decisions as close to members as possible. We work big to act local which means using our scale and resources to meet members’ needs.

Create remarkable experiences

As a cooperative, we treat everyone with dignity, respect and honesty. As stewards for our members, we protect them from risk and provide thoughtful advice to meet their unique needs.

Lead with courage

We’re forward thinking when it comes to serving members and communities. Every day we make courageous decisions keeping their best interests at heart.

I love that my First West financial advisor helps me achieve my financial goals with a plan built around what’s best for me.
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Sierra March, Member, Ridge Meadows branch, Envision Financial division

Our commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity

First West’s foundational values demand that we, as an organization, actively strive for equity, inclusion and diversity. We believe in cultivating an environment in which every First West employee, member and community partner—both present and future—is valued for their uniqueness and is empowered to thrive. Learn more.

First West was formed in 2010, but our roots date back to 1946

Our brands—Envision Financial, Valley First, Island Savings and Enderby & District Financial—each have decades of history as locally known and trusted institutions. They were built through entrepreneurial spirit, seeking to address unique or unmet financial needs in their communities. Today, as First West Credit Union, we’re still driven by this same solution-oriented, inspirational mindset.