Credit Union FAQs
How do I become a member? Expand/Collapse
At a credit union, you're not just a customer; you're a member. That means sharing a common bond with your fellow credit union members. In a community credit union, like Kootenay Savings, you are all part of the same community, and the emphasis is on sharing.
You're also a shareholder. Every member owns at least one share in the credit union and has an equal say in the overall direction of the credit union.
Want to become a member? Click here for more information.
What makes a credit union different from a bank? Expand/Collapse
The big difference between a credit union and a bank is membership.
The fundamental principle of credit unions is democratic ownership - one member, one vote -- regardless of the amount of shareholding or deposits. You have a voice in your credit union and equal access to all the services it offers.
What are Membership Shares? Expand/Collapse
The purchase of Membership Shares is required of all Members of Kootenay Savings. With a minimum investment of $25 ($5 for Junior Members), you join in the ownership of the Credit Union and enjoy access to all the services provided by Kootenay Savings.
Kootenay Savings pools the funds and makes them available to Members in the form of loans and mortgages. A portion of the interest and fees paid to Kootenay Savings covers the cost of operating the Credit Union. The remainder is returned to the Member-Owners in the form of interest on deposits, Patronage Dividends and transfers to Retained Earnings.
It's a good way to keep the resources of our community working for our community.
What is Profit Sharing? Expand/Collapse
How safe is my money at the credit union? Expand/Collapse
More than one million British Columbians enjoy the solid security and peace of mind that comes from saving at their credit union. The Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a statutory corporation, protects all British Columbia credit union depositors. Security, dependability, and trust—that’s the unbeatable combination you will find at Kootenay Savings Credit Union.
For more information on CUDIC and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the CUDIC website.
Are credit unions regulated? Expand/Collapse
Does Kootenay Savings support its communities? Expand/Collapse
Supporting the communities where we live and work has always been an important part of the Kootenay Savings philosophy. As a regional organization, we are committed to assisting the many worthwhile groups and activities in our communities.
To learn more about Kootenay Savings' community involvement, please click here.
What is the purpose of the Board of Directors? Expand/Collapse
What is the history of Kootenay Savings? Expand/Collapse
Kootenay Savings was formed on January 1 1969 by the amalgamation of three thriving credit unions in Trail, Fruitvale and Castlegar, offering a greater spectrum of financial services to the three communities.Continue reading...