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Giving back where it counts

We are committed to the growth and development of the communities in which we live and work. To have the most impact, we focus on four key areas of community when considering donations, product and service developlment, and volunteering.

Economic development

Community Economic Development

Supporting the development and sustainability of social enterprises, local start-ups and expansions, and promoting local events, businesses, and the value of buying local.

Some initiatives and recipients:

  • Small Business Financing Program
  • Loyal2Local (buying local campaign)
  • Buy Local – Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia
  • Holiday Pay-It-Forward

Community wellness

Community Well-being

Supporting the development of affordable housing, addressing local poverty issues, and supporting access to quality healthcare for our communities.

Some initiatives and recipients:

  • Coldest Night of The Year Walk
  • Cape Breton Hospice Society
  • Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival
  • Red Cross ‘Stronger Together Fund’



Supporting access to financial literacy education for youth and our most vulnerable communities, while partnering with organizations that support education around finances and entrepreurship for youth in preparation for the workforce.

Some initiatives and recipients:

  • East Coast Credit Union Bursary Program
  • Dave McLean Bursary
  • East Coast Credit Union Prize in Entrepreneurship
  • Coady Change Leader Campaign


Environmental Sustainability

Supporting environmentally responsible initiatives through partnerships and sponsorships that build more sustainable and healthy communities while providing services to members that recognize and reward environmentally sustainable actions.

Some initiatives and recipients:

  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust
  • Bullfrog Power
  • The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up
  • Antigonish Butterflyway Project
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Impact story

Promoting social change and community development

The Coady Change Leader Campaign provides scholarships for people to attend education programs. We pledged $25,000 to help develop this campaign focused on social change, community development, climate resilience, and women’s leadership.

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From productive partners to firm friends

We have been a proud supporter of L’Arche Cape Breton’s day programs since 2005—participating in fundraising events each year and hosting an annual barbecue fundraiser. Over the years we have developed long lasting friendships through this partnership.

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Eating local for healthier communities

Purchasing local products and services helps our communities thrive. We wanted to put $5,000 back into the local economy by purchasing gift cards from farmers markets to give to members of the community to spend. This was a great way to support local and give back at the same time

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Community grants

Apply to our Community Grant Program

Our grant program provides funding to organizations for initiatives that create a measurable social and/or environmental impact on our local communities.

  • Up to $100,000 in grants available
  • Open to social enterprises and registered co-operatives

Proud to make an impact

Supporting our communities is what makes us get out of bed in the morning. East Coast CU has been recognized for our contribution to the communities we live and work in. Below are two examples of the awards and achievements we have recently received.

East Coast Credit Union received a $5,000 grant from Concentra Bank (“Concentra”) in support of the Antigonish Emergency Fuel Fund. Through its annual Empowering Your Community campaign, Concentra invites Canadian credit unions to submit grant applications for exceptional community projects. The Fuel Fund offers emergency relief for members of the community of Antigonish who are in immediate need of financial support to heat their homes during the winter. Funding comes from donations made by community members and local organizations, including East Coast CU.

East Coast Credit Union is proud to share that our President & CEO, Ken Shea, was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Business Magazine. Atlantic Business Magazine honours those with corporate leadership excellence and, in 2005, Atlantic Business Magazine launched its Top 50 CEO legacy program: The Hall of Fame awards. East Coast CU is excited to announce that Ken Shea has been inducted in the Top 50 CEO’s Hall of Fame after being a five-time Top 50 CEO award winner.

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