Celebrating 70 years as a financial co-operative

70th Anniversary

It’s our 70th year as a financial co-operative and we have a lot to celebrate. Since 1946, Vancity has existed for the sole benefit of its members and their communities.

From our first day, we have always strived to be a values-based industry leader and we’re proud of our long list of achievements and firsts, including becoming the first financial institution to:

  • provide mortgages to people living east of Cambie Street;
  • lend to women without a male co-signer;
  • represent the LGBTQ community in our mainstream advertising; and
  • achieve carbon neutrality

Achieving these significant milestones has meant taking risks and breaking norms. Our founders put people ahead of profits, and 70 years later, our credit union continues to focused on the best interests of our members while being industry leaders by ensuring Vancity remains at the forefront of innovative Canadian financial institutions.

How do we lead? By embracing financial literacy, social inclusion, reconciliation and environmental sustainability. This is Vancity’s triple-bottom-line approach to business—measuring our success not just financially, but also socially and environmentally. It’s an approach that’s made us a world leader in inclusive, values-based banking.

As a Vancity member, your contributions and support are absolutely vital to what we do. Without your membership, none of it would be possible. That’s why we hope you’ll join us this summer in celebrating 70 years of serving members and their communities.

A summer of celebration

This summer we’ll be celebrating our 70th at all of Vancity’s branches and community events, and we’d love to see you there. Check out our booths to play games, learn more about Vancity’s work on salmon preservation, or have a chat, and you’ll also have a chance to enter a contest to win tickets to one of four exclusive 70th anniversary VIP events this summer (more on that below).

Coming soon: UNINTERRUPTED

This summer, as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations, Vancity is proud to partner with Canada Wild Productions Ltd. to present UNINTERRUPTED, a one-of-a-kind cinematic art installation that highlights the importance of -salmon to our oceans and encourages members of the community to reflect on the role we all play in maintaining a healthy environment.

This is a unique opportunity for the community to share, marvel, connect and learn—not to mention have a great time. Stay tuned for more details on the event. In the meantime, check out uninterrupted.ca for a sense of what’s to come.

We hope to see you there, and thank you for being part of something greater.