Island Savings

Becoming a Member

Joining First West Credit Union is easy. Visit an Island Savings branch to become a member or simply open an account online.

Referral Perks

Refer a friend to open a new account—you get $100 and your friend gets $100!

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Your membership means more than just your finances

Every member is an owner of the credit union and has a say in the way things are done. Becoming a member is simple—just fill out our online membership application and deposit $5 in member equity shares to your account. Your shares are a one-time investment and are returned to you in full upon leaving the credit union.

Benefits of membership

  • Get unlimited Interac e-Transfer®, debit card transactions, withdrawals, bill payments and eStatements with our no-strings-attached Simply Free Account®.
  • Access your money while you're on-the-go through online banking or mobile banking.
  • Your MEMBER CARD® debit card provides you with access to your money, free of charge, at over 4,500 ding-free® ATMs across Canada.
  • Deposit cheques with your mobile device using Deposit Anywhere™—it's fast, free and secure.
  • Visit a branch anytime—the Island Savings division has a network of branches across Vancouver Island.
  • Benefit from our sponsorship activities and environmental efforts in your local community.
  • Have a say in shaping our credit union by voting for our Board of Directors and attending our Annual General Meeting (you can vote if you are 19 or older).
  • Your deposits are 100% guaranteed by the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

Some choices matter

Where you choose to do your banking is one of those choices. Watch this video and you'll see why.


Learn more about credit unions in Canada and about the history of Island Savings.

Already a member? We're glad to hear it!

Register on our Referral Perks® website and use it to refer a friend to visit one of our Island Savings branches and join First West Credit Union, and you'll both be eligible to earn $100—that's right, a $100 thank you gift for each of you! Refer Now!

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In Person

If you're more comfortable coming in to see us, we'd be happy to chat with you about the questions you have.

By Phone

If you’d like to call us, here is a complete list of our branch and insurance office numbers.