Become a Member

The Finnish Credit Union is a closed-bond ethnic credit union. To become a member, you need to be of Finnish descent or work for a Finnish organization. Each Member must own 10 shares of $5 each (equal to $50). The credit union has the right to accept non-Finnish people as members as well, however the by-laws do not allow more than 3% of the credit unions total membership to be non-Finnish. Non-Finnish membership applications must be approved by the board of directors. The privileges of being a shareholder of the credit union are many. You may vote on any of our bi-law changes which are normally presented at the annual meeting, vote for who you would like to see on the board and when we had a profitable year, in the past we have paid back dividends based on Member shares. No banks pay profits back to their clients, but we do!

To open your membership, you will need to come to the branch with two pieces of ID. The following IDs are accepted:

  • Canadian driver’s license
  • Current Canadian passport
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • SIN card
  • Old Age Security card
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship of Certification of Naturalization
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada form IMM 1000 or IMM 1442 (i.e. work permit, study permit…)
  • Certificate of Indian Status
or

ONE PIECE OF ID FROM THE SECTION ABOVE AND ONE PIECE OF ID FROM THE SECTION BELOW:

  • Employee ID card
  • Debit card or bank card with your name and signature on it
  • Canadian credit card with your name and signature on it
  • Current foreign passport
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) client card with photo and signature