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Welcome to Canada.

From all of us at Vancity, welcome to Canada. We stand with the Ukrainian people and strive to provide comfort and confidence as we help you find the best path forward for your financial wellbeing. 

We are here for you.

We’re a values-based credit union built on principles of social justice and inclusion, so when the federal and BC governments reached out asking us to develop a provision strategy for those coming from Ukraine, we were here to answer the call.

Because together with our 500,000+ members, we’re continuously creating tailored services to support the banking needs of newcomers, refugees, and displaced people.

And for the past 20 years, we’ve been recognizing and creating opportunities to support the financial wellbeing of newcomers to Canada, in part due to our longstanding relationship with United Way.

In 2015, we launched the Vancity Humanitarian Fund in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and to support the Canadian government in welcoming more people to our communities. Most recently, $50,000 were donated towards Ukrainian Aid.

What we can help with when you open an account with us.

Receive money from the government 

Send money through free and unlimited outgoing wire transfers* 

Deposit cheques and cash  

Use automated teller machines (ATMs), etc.

We can also provide other financial services including loans, mortgages, safe deposit boxes, and credit cards.  

Let's get you set up.

Vancity is a financial institution with over 75 years of history putting people first. We are here to help you with your financial needs and look forward to connecting with you.   To open an account with us, you need to:  

1

Live in BC 

2

Be able to provide both primary and secondary identification: 

  • Primary identification: a valid Ukraine passport, a Ukrainian National Identification Card, or a Single Journey document 
  • Secondary identification: a Canadian visitor Visa, Canadian Visitor Record, and/or a IMM 1442B Canadian work permit 
3

Contact us 

Book an appointment

Account features. 

Just by opening an account with us, you have access to: 

  • Free and unlimited outgoing wire transfers (electronically transferred money)*  
  • enviro™ Visa** credit card ($1000 credit limit)
  • Best member rate for EUR and USD cash exchange and purchase***
  • 40 Free Everyday Transactions1 per month 
  • Free INTERAC e-Transfer® transactions
  • Free cheque orders of 50 Vancity personalized cheques 
  • Free official cheques (also known as bank drafts or money orders) 
  • Free US dollar drafts 
  • $5 off safe deposit box charges
  • A MEMBER CARD® debit card (otherwise known as an ATM card) 
  • No surcharge or network fees at ATMs displaying THE EXCHANGE® or ACCULINK® logos in Canada, and abroad, ATMs displaying the ACCEL® and Cirrus® logos are also usable with a fee2
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Learn more about banking at Vancity

Accessing our Microfinance Loans.

When you are ready to start working or if you want to open a business, our Microfinance team, Small Business Advisors and Foreign Credential Program partners are here to support you on your journey.

These loan programs look at your skills, education, experience and the network and community that surround you to make the decision. To learn more visit vancity.com/microfinance or email us your questions at microfinance@vancity.com.

Helpful resources.