Community Savings Credit Union launches Union Business Support Loan for union organizations impacted by COVID-19

Credit union launches loan to 'fill the gap' in the government's CEBA program

Surrey, BC, May 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community Savings today launched the Union Business Support Loan for B.C. union organizations that have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Loans of up to $40,000 are available to support union organizations whose members have faced job site closures and unprecedented layoffs.

The Federal Government launched the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) which provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits - unfortunately, most union organizations were excluded. Community Savings recognizes that union organizations play a vital role in advocating for workers’ rights, work safety and most importantly that strong union leadership is required more than ever during this pandemic. CSCU has made the decision to not let financial hardship curtail the important work union organizations achieve.

Mike Schilling, CSCU’s President and CEO, says: “As the unions’ credit union, Community Savings has had a very clear mandate throughout this crisis – supporting workers and our member unions who protect and promote their rights.  We are proud to have been able to fulfill our founding purpose at this time, to look at our community not our bottom line and to be part of a labour movement which has proven to be the backbone of our society.”

The Union Business Support Loan will be offered to BC Union organizations who meet the criteria for urgent financial support. The loan will remain interest-free until December 31, 2022 and requires no minimum monthly principal payments until December 31, 2022. Similar to the CEBA loan, if not repaid by December 31, 2022, the loan will be extended to December 31, 2025 at 5% interest. As the largest provider of banking services to B.C.’s labour movement, CSCU is committed to assisting working people and the unions which support them to ensure we drive an economic recovery which is people-led.

The Union Business Support Loan is part of several financial support initiatives that CSCU has created to help members, business members, and union organizations in these challenging times. On March 17, 2020, CSCU was the first financial institution to launch an Interest-free $2500 line of credit. Since 2006, CSCU has offered loan deferrals to its membership. This long standing program includes mortgages and other loans.  CSCU is also active in supporting its small business Members through the Canada Emergency Business Account’s $40,000 interest free loan.

About Community Savings

Community Savings Credit Union is BC’s largest fully unionized credit union and is dedicated to being the credit union of choice within the working community. At Community Savings Credit Union, we are known for providing exceptional service to each member and our passion lies in empowering our members to achieve their financial goals. Being member owned and operated, Community Savings invests into our communities by supporting local charities and non-profit organizations to help create stronger and more vibrant communities. To learn more, visit


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