Put your money where it

advances equity and anti-racism.

As a financial institution and employer, we’re committed to doing our part in removing barriers that stem from systemic exclusion.

Equity matters in finance.

Banking is an essential service.
Easy and affordable access to a basic bank account is critical to economic participation and opportunities.

Banks make decisions every day on who gets a loan and what gets funded.
Access to finance can be a driver of economic equity, or it can be used to limit opportunities. Vancity is focused on increasing economic equity.

Putting people first.

Vancity helps with real-life problems by putting people first. This approach helps us understand and address the issues that intersect between equity, financial resilience and systemic challenges. It looks like:

Continued commitment to our 2020 BlackNorth pledge.

Vancity signed the BlackNorth pledge in 2020, which commits us to allocate at least 3.0% of our grants to promote economic opportunities in Black communities. We've upheld this commitment every year since.

In 2023, we invested $540,500 (3.93%) of our community investments to initiatives that specifically serve Black communities.

A commitment to leadership diversity.

Representation is important and evidence of the equality of opportunities. Having a diverse leadership team results in better informed and inclusive decisions.

By the end of 2025, our Board and senior management will reflect our community diversity where at least 40% identify as Indigenous, Black, people of colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, gender or sexually diverse, and people living with a disability. In 2022, we exceeded these targets:

  • Board of Directors: 67% are women, 56% identify as IBPOC, 22% identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, and 11% are people living with a disability.
  • Senior management: 55% are women, 35% identify as IBPOC, 7% identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, and 13% are people living with a disability.

Where everyone feels welcome.

Vancity’s ongoing objective is to be an inclusive financial institution and workplace where all identities are embraced, all lived experiences are valued and where everyone feels welcome.

The diversity of our workforce is published every year in our accountability statements.

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and Reconciliation (DEIR) are organizational priorities.
    A dedicated team, senior leaders and an executive are responsible for organizational equity initiatives.
  • Vancity's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are provided operational and executive support.
    The current ERG groups are: 2sLGBTQIA+, Indigenous, Mental health, Persons with disabilities, Racial equity, and Women's equity. ERGs determine their own goals and objectives. Group chairs are elected and receive compensation for their role. All groups receive support and guidance by the DEIR team. In addition, each ERG has an executive sponsor that advocates for the group within the organization.
  • Improved employee diversity survey.
    Employees can self-identify with nearly 50 options to reflect a diverse and intersectional range of genders, racial identities, disabilities, and sexual orientations. All collected information is confidential and, in aggregate, helps make equitable decisions about employee programs and resources.

Our history of inclusion.


Vancity is the first financial institution in Canada to provide mortgages to women without a male co-signer. At the time, even if a woman had an income, banks deemed it too risky to provide any loans, let alone mortgages, to women.

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BC Unity Credit Union (BCUCU), the first credit union to serve the Black community in Vancouver, merges with Vancity.

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Vancity offers Canada's first socially responsible mutual fund, the Ethical Growth Fund.

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Vancity offers the first Community Investment Deposit in Canada, providing 1% below normal interest rates which is then passed on to finance community projects.

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Vancity is the first Canadian financial institution to market to the gay and lesbian community through mainstream advertising.

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Vancity receives the Best Practices Award from the American Psychological Association for healthy workplaces—a first for any Canadian company.

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Vancity becomes the largest organization in Canada to adopt the Living Wage policy of paying employees and service providers a wage that meets their basic living needs.

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Vancity provides a capital grant and pre-development loan to build the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) Welcome Centre, the world's first integrated housing and settlement support services hub for newcomers and refugees.

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Vancity joins the 50-30 Challenge, a federal initiative to strengthen diversity in corporate leadership in Canada. We aim to exceed this target by having a senior leadership team where at least 40% identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and people living with disabilities by 2025.

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Vancity offers the Black Entrepreneurship Program, in partnership with the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE), to provide Black business owners and entrepreneurs with barrier-free access to business funding, tailored advice, and more.

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Real people, real stories.

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