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About Us

Proud Traditions and Modern Relevance

In business since 1939, today’s FirstOntario Credit Union has evolved from familiar roots.  In Hamilton, we began as the Stelco Employees Credit Union, and later Avestel Credit Union.  In Niagara, we were once The St. Catharines Auto Worker's Credit Union, later Family Savings. 

Today, membership in FirstOntario Credit Union is open to anyone living in Ontario.  We serve nearly 90,000 Members with a full suite of banking products including; chequing and savings accounts, mortgages, lines of credit, loans, investments, insurance, expert wealth management and commercial services.

FirstOntario has 23 full-service branches serving 13 communities within the Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, Haldimand/Norfolk and Oxford regions.

FirstOntario is a proud advocate and supporter of the people and communities we serve.  With donations, sponsorships, bursaries and our Blue Wave employee volunteer program, we support many important community organizations such as the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, the Hamilton Hive, Hamilton SoupFest, Co-operative Young Leaders Summer Camp and the Fergie Jenkins Foundation.

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Who we are
Get to know FirstOntario – our history, our leaders, and our corporate performance.

What we stand for
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