We're a financial cooperative that does things differently

We create solutions that help people achieve their financial and life goals. We’re equally dedicated to helping our employees flourish personally and professionally. As an award-winning employer for our admired corporate culture and for psychological safety, we’re known for inspiring and supporting our team members to grow their career.

Shared workplace values are the secret of our success

Attracting talented individuals who believe the same things we do is crucial in serving members with remarkable banking experiences. It’s why we’re upfront about who we are and what you can expect when you apply for a career at our credit union.

We know you can do great things

We see what you have to offer and we welcome your skills, knowledge and experience as we work together, creating a future where everyone can flourish. Our promise is to do the same for your career development. We support you to do things that matter and celebrate your accomplishments.

Feel genuinely rewarded

You want an enriching employee experience where you feel valued for the work that you do. Here you can tailor personal rewards to your financial, physical and mental wellbeing and social connectedness: employee banking advantages, customizable benefits, group RRSP matching, flexible work arrangements and performance-based compensation—to name just a few.

Make meaningful impact

Everything you do as a First West employee helps our members and our community. As a co-operative, it’s in our roots to improve the lives of the people we serve. Whether it’s providing expert financial advice, volunteering at a local food bank or teaching a course on financial literacy, you can change people’s lives. That’s a great feeling.

Flourish in an inclusive environment

You celebrate your individuality, and so do we. We’re building a culture of belonging by breaking down barriers and removing stigma, enabling opportunities for your involvement and influence. We’re upfront and intentional about fostering a common understanding around equity, diversity and inclusion at our credit union. It’s an ongoing journey you have a hand in shaping.

Elevate your potential

Wherever you imagine your career headed, we want to help you advance toward your goal. We’re continuously improving as an organization and support you to do the same. We empower you to develop new skills through our in-house training programs and provide funding for external learning experiences—all to support you in becoming your most powerful self.

A commitment to equity, inclusion & diversity

We believe in cultivating an environment in which every employee, member and community partner is valued for their uniqueness. We’ve challenged ourselves to move beyond aspiration towards genuine commitment by providing ongoing training for all employees, leaders and our board of directors. We’re also enabling a cross-functional workgroup and fostering affinity groups that bring together those wishing to effect change and elevate marginalized groups by removing barriers and better understanding their lived experiences.

I feel encouraged and empowered, not only as an Indigenous person, but as a female Indigenous person. Here at First West, I get to work alongside my leaders and colleagues as a member of the Indigenous Employee Network. We (and our other employee-run groups) are all part of creating a culture that welcomes people as they are. The ways we listen, learn and ask questions together are a meaningful experiece for me.
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Leah Malone, Senior Financial Advisor, Island Savings