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First West Credit Union
Gurpreet Kang, data governance analyst at First West Credit Union, works at the organization's Langley Collaboration Centre  

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why First West Credit Union was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2024):

  • First West Credit Union maintains a Compassion Fund for employees experiencing financial hardship due to extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances and supports a thoughtful "Back on Track" program to provide employees and credit union members with solutions to ease financial hardship
  • First West Credit Union helps employees prioritize their health and wellness with quarterly health challenges to promote physical activity, monthly team-based wellness huddles, and access to confidential counsellors onsite -- the credit union also recently increased coverage for mental health care to $2,000 annually
  • First West Credit Union enables employees to lend a helping hand to causes that are near and dear to their hearts with up to three paid days off to volunteer (employees donated over 1,200 volunteer hours on company time in the past year)
First West Credit Union staff Robin, sales effectiveness specialist (left) and Sean, business systems analyst (right), take part in a collaborative workshop  

Highlights

Established in Canada 2010
Major Canadian locations Toronto ON, Victoria BC, Duncan BC, Kelowna BC, Penticton BC, Langley BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,200
Part-time employees in Canada 153
Average age of employees in Canada 43.6 years
Longest serving employee 46.3 years
Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, compressed work week, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Long-term savings matching RSP, non-matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 95% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership development programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)

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