Who We Are
We’ve changed a lot in 75 years. Our values haven’t.
FirstOntario began in 1939 when a group of employees at the Steel Company of Canada created the Stelco Credit Union. Their goal was similar to those of today’s nearly 10 million credit union members in Canada: To get the most out of their hard-earned money with an organization that identified with Main Street more than Bay Street.
Later our name changed to Avestel and merged with Family Savings, the former St. Catharines Auto Workers’ Credit Union. Now we are known as FirstOntario. Through our years of growth and service, we maintained the standard set by credit unions across Canada: To function as a cooperative financial institution dedicated to providing exceptional service for its members and its community, working toward a mutual benefit for all.
Our success has been achieved with pride, conviction, perseverance, vision… and a good deal of hard work to meet our members’ expectations.
Whatever your financial plans – buying a new home, investing for your family’s future, or simply keeping more of your hard-earned money in your pocket – talk to us. We know the very best way to turn your dreams into reality.
After all, we’ve been doing it for 75 years now.
Want to Know More?
► Our Leaders
The Corporate Leadership Team provides leadership, diversity and strategic direction to attain FirstOntario's long-term goals.
► Our Board of Directors
The ability for every Member to nominate and elect your representatives to the Board of Directors is just one credit union difference that makes FirstOntario unique. Learn more about your Board and their role.
► Our Annual Reports
Find out more about FirstOntario’s financial performance by reading our current and past annual reports.