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Our story

Our story from day one has been about stepping up for our fellow community members. That commitment still stands today.

Smithers Photo: Marty Clemens

    Our roots run deep

    We were formed by local farmers to help support their local community over 80 years ago. Fast forward to today, and their original idea of supporting your neighbours to reach their goals and build financial strength still influences every decision we make.

    Growing with our local community

    A group of farmers had the initiative to start a financial cooperative in the spring of 1941 to help pay for necessities like seeds and hay.

    The first meeting had 14 members in attendance. From those beginnings, our membership and area have grown to new heights.




    Photo credit: Liza Hooker

    Part of the community

    We are here to support our neighbours and business owners so that we all continue to grow together.

    Business loans with impact

    Our approach to business lending is founded on local decision-making paired with competitive rates. It’s how we help to grow local businesses—and strengthen local communities.

    Funding community projects

    Through the Community Support Fund, we are committed to benefiting the greatest number of people possible, with a focus on youth, community and education.

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    Staff who care

    We don’t like to toot our own horn, but our people make BVCU. They define us by showing up and expressing their cooperative values every day, not only through providing great service but also through volunteering and generally being awesome.

    Meet our people

    We’re all about our members

    Success for us is seeing our members grow in life or their business.

    Personal members

    Meet our members

    Building their forever home in their own slice of paradise.

    Smithereens Mushrooms

    Get to know some local businesses

    Offering dried varieties, spice packages, and fresh locally grown mushrooms.

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    Building stronger, healthier local communities

    From supporting local families to upgrading local ski trails, we’re proud of our active role in the community. We continue to give support through funds and volunteering to events and projects that have impact in our community.

    See our impact

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    From the Hazeltons to the Lakes District, local banking starts here

    We are all part of the same community. Being a member of your local credit union means your money stays in the community to benefit everyone. Through patronage, everyone shares in our success.

    Why join?

    Reach us wherever you are

    Let your fingers do the walking or come in to see us. 

    Meet with an advisor

    Book the day and time that suits you.

    Visit a branch

    We’re open between
    9:30am & 4:30pm, M-F.

    Send us an email

    Email a specific branch or department.

    Give us a call

    8am-6pm, M-F,
    9am-5pm, Sat.

    Smithers Branch

    3894 1st Avenue
    Smithers, BC
    V0J 2N0
    250 847-3255
    Hazeltons' Branch

    4646 10th Avenue
    New Hazelton, BC
    V0J 2J0
    250 842-2255


    Houston and District Branch

    2365 Copeland Avenue
    Houston, BC
    V0J 1Z0
    250 845-7117
    Lakes District Branch

    117-35 Lakeview Mall, Hwy 16
    Burns Lake, BC
    V0J 1E0
    250 692-7761
    BVIS

    1139 Main Street
    Smithers, BC
    V0J 2N0
    866 811-1110
    BVFS

    3894 1st Avenue
    Smithers, BC
    V0J 2N0
    250 847-7936

    BVIS

    2367 Copeland Avenue
    Houston, BC
    V0J 1Z0
    866 811-1115
    BVFS

    2367 Copeland Avenue
    Houston, BC
    V0J 1Z0
    250 845-7977
    Administration

    3872 1st Avenue
    Smithers BC
    V0J 2N0
    250 847-7933
    Member Services Contact Centre

    3894 1st Avenue
    Smithers BC
    V0J 2N0
    1 877 847-2828

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