Who Are We?

1st Choice Savings and Credit Union LTD. is a full-service financial institution that offers everything a bank can offer you, and more!

We're the banking alternative for Southern Albertans, serving approximately 17,000 member-owners, based out of Lethbridge, Alberta. We bring more than 75 years of history serving the families, agricultural operations, and small businesses that make up this great region. Our cooperative values, passionate staff, and commitment to investing in our communities set us apart.

As Southern Alberta’s credit union, 1st Choice Savings & Credit Union Ltd supports the wellbeing of people, businesses, and communities by providing high-quality financial advice and experience.

As a credit union, we are guided by certain principles:


  • Commitment to provide a superior experience

  • Trust and Integrity

  • Be creative and open-minded

  • Create a fun environment

  • Embrace and drive change

  • Pursue growth and learning

  • Be humble

Our Purpose is to:

"Enrich the Financial

Well-Being of Members"

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Our People

Everything we do is guided by the credit union philosophy of people helping people. When you’re a member of 1st Choice Savings, we do so much more than offer you a place to bank.

We empower you:

  • With tools to reach your financial goals

  • With the kind of service that truly makes a difference

  • By giving you the right to have a say in how we do things

  • To build a stronger community here at home and around the world

Profit Sharing

As a financial cooperative, everyone who does business with us has shares with us. When you join 1st Choice Savings you pay $1.00 which buys you one common share in the company.

These shares give you:

  • Membership and ownership

  • The right to nominate a qualified board member

  • The right to vote for board members

  • The right to vote for key policy decisions at our Annual General Meetings


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Why Become A Member?

The ultimate benefit of 1st Choice Savings membership is peace of mind. When you’re a member, you’re also an owner. That automatically makes your best interests our best interests. More than 5 million Canadians are credit union members, enjoying all the advantages of 'big banks', but as owners with more benefits.

Community Events And Organizations We Have Supported

Here are some of the events/partners we have supported:

  • Lethbridge Curling Club Mixed Bonspiel
  • U of L Pronghorns Basketball home opener 
  • Canadian Blood Services - Partners for Life
  • 1st Choice Savings Scholarship Program
  • Lethbridge Hurricanes - Discount Ticket Provider
  • Credit Union Day
  • Dress for the Cause
  • Lethbridge Community Band Society 
  • Lethbridge Family Services - Angel Tree Campaign
  • Lethbridge Symphony - Love Notes concert 
  • Volunteer Lethbridge Colour Fun Run 
  • Home & Garden Show
  • Whoop-Up Days Parade 
  • Taber Exhibition Society


  • Canadian Home Builders' Association 
  • Lethbridge Finance Club
  • Real Estate Centre - Stars Air Ambulance Auction 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Bowl for Kids Sake 
  • Magrath Novice Pre Hockey & Soccer
  • Cardston Community Theatre 
  • Cardston HandyBus 
  • Cardston Skating Club 
  • Taber Police Service 
  • Lethbridge Fish & Game Association 
  • Paw Society 
  • Lethbridge Major Midget Hurricanes 
  • Last Chance Cat Ranch
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