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What are member rewards? 

We love our members, and our Member Rewards program is how we show appreciation for your loyalty. Unlike banks, credit unions are true co-operatives: Our members are also our owners who hold a share in our company.

As shareholders of Access Credit Union, our success is your success. Each member has the opportunity to share in our earnings. It’s a reward for being a loyal member of your credit union.


Our Member Rewards program offers each member the opportunity to share in our earnings. It’s a reward for being a loyal member of your credit union.

Because earnings from deposits and loans are what make these dividends possible, the amount any member receives is based on how they utilize these services. The more business you do with us, the more you share in our earnings.



Becoming a member of Access Credit Union has never been easier.

You can open any personal chequing, savings, or investment accounts from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you happen to be! It's fast, easy, and secure.

It is a priority for Access Credit Union to work toward alignment of our share program under Access’ Member Rewards program. As we work toward that alignment, existing legacy programs from merged credit unions will continue unless otherwise communicated. Any Access CU member with savings or loans will also benefit from the Access Member Rewards Program.

We must continue to meet regulatory requirements while making responsible business decisions that benefit our members now and in the future. It is our intention to continue to pay patronage to our members via our Member Rewards program and to continue to pay dividends to members holding common, preferred and surplus shares, honouring legacy share programs (subject to Board approval, ensuring capital requirements are satisfied).


How it works

After satisfying requirements for reserves, the Board of Directors may set aside a portion of earnings for members who have borrowed and saved at the credit union. The amount a member receives is based on:


a) Interest earned on eligible non-registered deposits; and b) Interest paid on eligible lending products.


The amount of patronage any member receives is based on how they utilize the deposit and loan services. The more business you do with us, the more you share in our earnings.

The amount a member receives is based on:

a) Interest earned on eligible non-registered deposits

b) Interest paid on eligible lending products.

Members who save and borrow with Access are allocated a percentage of the interest they earned and the interest they paid during the year. The allocation rate may vary from year to year as it depends on the amount of earnings achieved. 

Access strives to redeem shares to members in the form of cash, per earlier merger commitments.

Members who hold surplus shares, preferred shares, and common shares (excluding membership shares) will be eligible to earn a dividend. The dividend will be paid out in the form of surplus shares.




Frequently Asked Questions

After satisfying requirements for reserves, the Board of Directors may set aside a portion of earnings for credit union members. Members can benefit from three components of the Member Rewards program:

  • patronage;
  • dividends on preferred shares, common shares, and surplus shares (excluding membership shares); and
  • share redemptions.

Patronage is earned and calculated from:

  • Interest earned on eligible non-registered deposit accounts
  • Interest paid on eligible member loans, mortgages, and LOCs (interest paid within LOC limit)

Members are allocated a percentage of the interest they earned and the interest they paid on eligible products during the calendar year. The allocation rate may vary from year to year as it depends on the earnings achieved. The Board of Directors approves the total amount of Member Rewards once the year-end financials are completed.

As part of our merger commitments, Access Credit Union will continue to focus on maximizing the ability to pay patronage to members as part of the cooperative values and belief that members should share in our profits. The objective of our Member Rewards program is to pay bonuses in cash to our members, subject to the financial results of the Credit Union.
Member Rewards (patronage) will be paid in cash via deposit to a chequing or savings account (if available) or if no account is available, it will be applied to the originating account. i.e. investment or principal payment on the loan.
All members paying or receiving interest to warrant an allocation of $1 or more are eligible for participation in the program.

An allocation to individual Member Rewards plans based on interest earned on savings or term deposits is taxable as interest income in the year received, as is any share dividend paid on existing Member Rewards Plans. Both are included in the T5 income tax slip issued by Access Credit Union when total interest is over $50 (including patronage and dividends). Even if members don’t receive the T5 slip, it is still taxable and should be included when filing tax returns.

An allocation based on interest paid on a loan is taxable only if the loan interest was tax deductible, as in the case of a business loan. It is the responsibility of the member to determine if the allocation is taxable and to report it if necessary on their income tax return.

By increasing your use of credit union loan and deposit services, you increase your participation in the Member Rewards program!

Share redemptions or cash rebates—if applicable based on merged credit union commitments—will be paid in cash via deposit to a chequing or savings account (if available).

Access Credit Union will continue to strive to redeem existing shares as cash to our members as per prior merger commitments. This cash payout will occur over several years, subject to Board approval and the financial results of the credit union. The objective is to continue to pay dividends to members holding common, preferred, and surplus shares while honouring legacy share programs (subject to Board approval).

Member Rewards payouts will show on the regular consolidated statement of accounts for all active members who receive paper statements and e-Statements.

Your statement will detail your payout as:

Payout Type

Statement Detail

Patronage

Member Rewards

Dividends on Surplus Share accounts

Share Allocation

Common Share Dividends

Common Share Dividends

Preference Share Dividends

Preference Share Dividends

 

The same terms will be displayed in your account activity in online banking and on the mobile app.

Dividends are reported as Interest Income on T5. As stated in The Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act of Manitoba, Part V.1 Applications of the Securities Act does not apply to the issue or sale of surplus shares by a credit union. Therefore, dividends paid in the form of surplus shares are not reported as dividend income to Canada Revenue Agency. Dividends are reported as interest income and included in the total interest income earned.
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