TERM DEPOSITS / GICs

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WHAT ARE TERM DEPOSITS?

Term deposits, also known as GICs, are low risk investments that are well suited for short-term savings goals and can also fit in your long-term investment plans.



Redeemable

Earn a guaranteed rate of return with the flexibility to access your money at any time after 30 days.

Non-Redeemable

Lock your savings in for a set length of time. Your interest rate is fixed for the term, no matter what the market is doing.

Market-Linked

Get a guaranteed minimum return with the potential to earn higher returns based on the stock-market . 

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Benefits of Term Deposits



Safe and Secure

Your original deposit and interest rate are guaranteed†, just like they would be in a regular savings account.

Flexible

Choose the term length you want and whether to lock in your money or have easy access to it anytime.

Low Minimum Deposit

$500 is all it takes to get you started and there are no maximum deposit limits.

Convenient

Term deposits are ideal when you don't have immediate plans for your money, but want to start earning a return nonetheless.

Tax-Friendly

Most of our term deposits can be held within a registered plan, like an RRSP or a TFSA.

Higher Return

Term deposits have higher interests than most savings accounts. And with a fixed rate, you'll know exactly how much you'll earn.

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TERM DEPOSIT OPTIONS

NON-REDEEMABLE
REDEEMABLE
MARKET-LINKED
RATES

Purchase Term Deposits Online

You can purchase 12-month cashable term deposits as well as all 1 to 5 year non-redeemable terms online. It's simple, just log in to online banking and select 'Open an Account'.


​SHORT TERM OPTIONS


Short Term Non-Redeemable

This type of term deposit is ideal if you don’t have immediate plans for your money but want to earn some interest on it.

Key features & benefits:

  • Available for periods up to 364 days
  • $500 minimum deposit with no maximum limit
  • Tax sheltered growth: RSP, TFSA, RESP, RIF & LIF eligible
  • Interest is paid at maturity
  • Choice of maturity options
  • Deposits are 100% guaranteed by the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.†

U.S. Dollar Short Term Non-Redeemable

U.S. dollar term deposits are available for terms of up to 364 days. This is a great option if you want to make short-term investments in U.S. dollars. Since your money is kept in U.S. dollars, you save money on foreign currency exchange fees, making it easier to budget and pay for U.S. dollar expenditures.

Key features & benefits: 

  • Interest is paid at maturity in U.S. funds
  • $500 minimum deposit with no maximum limit
  • Deposits are 100% guaranteed by the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.†



LONG TERM OPTIONS


​Long Term Non-Redeemable

This type of term deposit is the best way to maximize your guaranteed return. The longer you choose to invest, the greater your interest rate will be.

Key features & benefits:

  • Period of one to five years
  • $500 minimum deposit with no maximum limit
  • Available as a registered product so you can tax shelter the interest you earn
  • Interest is paid annually to the term deposit so you can earn more because of compounding interest (interest compounds annually if registered; interest paid annually or monthly if non-registered)
  • Choice of maturity options
  • Deposits are 100% guaranteed by the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.†


†The Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a statutory corporation, fully guarantees all BC credit union deposits. Credit Union equity shares and investments such as mutual funds or RRSP equity plans are not covered by deposit insurance.


Purchase Term Deposits Online

You can purchase 12-month cashable term deposits as well as all 1 to 5 year non-redeemable terms online. It's simple, just log in to online banking and select 'Open an Account'.


​SHORT TERM OPTIONS


12-Month Cashable

Our 12-Month Cashable term deposit allows you to invest your money for a short period of time and still earn a decent interest rate.

Key features & benefits:

  • Fully cashable after the first 30 days so that you can access your money at any time for unexpected emergencies or other investment opportunities
  • $500 minimum deposit with no maximum limit
  • Available as a registered product so you can tax shelter the interest you earn
  • Automatic renewal
  • Interest is paid annually to the term deposit so you can earn more because of compounding interest
  • Deposits are 100% guaranteed by the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.†



LONG TERM OPTIONS


StepUp® 6Plus6  /  StepUp® 9Plus9  /  StepUp® 18Plus18 

StepUp® term deposits offer guaranteed growth with a two-tiered escalating interest rate.

Key features & benefits: 

  • Two-tiered interest rate with an increase halfway through the term
  • Fully cashable
  • Interest paid annually
  • $500 minimum deposit with no maximum limit
  • Deposits are 100% guaranteed by the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia†

PRIMECONNECT™ Term Deposit

Get the security of a guaranteed deposit with a prime-linked interest rate. Wherever prime goes, your returns follow.

Key features & benefits:

  • Term is fully or partially redeemable (minimum redemption of $500) only at each anniversary date with no penalty. If the term after the partial withdrawals becomes less than $500 then the term is closed out.
  • $500 minimum deposit with no maximum limit
  • Tax sheltered growth: TFSA, RSP, RIF and LIF eligible Interest paid annually
  • Deposits are 100% guaranteed by the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia†


StepUp® and PRIMECONNECT™ are trademarks of First West Credit Union.

†The Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a statutory corporation, fully guarantees all BC credit union deposits. Credit Union equity shares and investments such as mutual funds or RSP equity plans are not covered by deposit insurance.

winwin® TERM DEPOSIT / GIC

Invest in the market with peace of mind. winwin® is a market-linked term deposit/GIC ideal for those seeking higher returns than a traditional term deposit without risking their principal investment in the stock market.


All of our market-linked term deposits offer:

  • Term lengths of 3 or 5 years
  • 100% principal guarantee – at minimum, your initial investment will be returned to you at the end of the term
  • Low $500 minimum deposit with no maximum limit
  • Guaranteed minimum return
  • RRSP/TFSA eligible
  • No commission or management fees
  • Deposits are 100% guaranteed by the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.†


Choose your market-linked GIC:


winwin® Financial Services GIC

An investment linked to 8 equally weighted major Canadian financial & insurance institutions.

winwin EarthLink™ GIC

Investment linked to 20 international companies, carefully screened for demonstrated commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their operations. 


winwin® Financial Services and winwin EarthLink™ are trademarks of First West Credit Union.

†The Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a statutory corporation, fully guarantees all BC credit union deposits. Credit Union equity shares and investments such as mutual funds or RSP equity plans are not covered by deposit insurance.

OUR RATE SPECIALS


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market-linked term depositsrate
winwin EarthLink™ 20.00%*
winwin® Financial Services 25.00%*


*Maximum potential cumulative 5-year rate. 

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The Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a statutory corporation, fully guarantees all deposits. Credit union equity shares and investments such as mutual funds or RSP equity plans are not covered by deposit insurance.

Term rates are subject to change without notice. Interest rates are per annum. Interest compounds annually. Terms and conditions apply.

winwin EarthLink™ terms and conditions ​/ winwin® Financial Services terms and conditions

PRIMECONNECT™ interest rate is per annum and is linked to the First West Credit Union prime rate.

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HEALTHY HABITATS AND HIGH RETURNS​

20.00%* 5-year maximum potential return with the winwin EarthLink™ GIC.

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