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Pan-African Credit Union Initiative

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About Pan-African Credit Union Initiative

Pan-African Credit Union is an initiative, formed by the collaborative efforts of three organizations – The Jamaican Canadian Association, The Lions Circle African Men Association, and the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of this initiative is to provide an alternate banking option, that better serves the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area, and eventually, across Canada. According to the National Credit Union Association of the United States, “minority-owned and managed credit unions play a critical role in providing financial services to communities that have been traditionally underserved or unbanked.”

With the creation of PACU, not only will we be providing financial services for the individuals and local Black businesses, we will also provide financial education on topics from budgeting to wealth-building.

PACU is committed to serving individuals and families in the community as well as Black-owned businesses, thus inspiring tangible economic growth for generations to come in the Black community.Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Banks are for-profit private corporations whose primary responsibility is to make a profit for their stockholders. Credit unions like the Pan-African Credit Union (PACU) are not-for-profit institutions which use their profits for the benefits of their members.

The Pan-African Credit Union is a collaborative initiative, formed by The Jamaican Canadian Association, The Lion’s Circle Afrikan Men’s Association, and the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce. The PACU Steering Group has set the goal of creating a financial institution that will assist in providing resources that will empower you to move from your current financial situation to where you aspire to be in the future.

Personal products will include savings, chequing, loans and GICs. Business products will also be provided. The recently completed survey will assist the PACU Steering Group in determining other services that are needed. PACU services will also include financial education on topics from budgeting to wealth-building.

Membership is ownership. When you join PACU, you join a group of members with a like-minded focus on building financial growth and sharing in the benefits of collective ownership. With a keen understanding of our complex cultural experience, as a PACU member you will:

  • Develop financial growth strategies for you and your family;
  • Get preferential lending rates;
  • Improve your financial literacy;
  • Benefit from business advisory services;
  • Be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    • A vote impacts how the credit union operates and how the profits are reinvested
  • Be eligible to elect Directors for the Board
  • Have a voice in the credit union’s support for cultural, educational, charitable and recreational activities in Black communities; and
  • Contribute to the larger goal of unification and upliftment of Black communities.

While you do not need to be a member to qualify for a loan, you do need to be a member to have a deposit account and thus be able to fully participate in the membership benefits.

Once the credit union is officially open, you can download an application from the website. Once completed, it can be submitted in-person or by mail.

No. However, proper identification will be required.

PACU will outreach to young people through social media and school/campus events. Please contact us if you would like to assist.

PACU must follow the ‘5Cs’ of banking when qualifying members for a loan: character, capacity, capital, collateral, and conditions. With that said we will offer innovative financial products and financial literacy education to assist clients in making their investment and borrowing dreams come true.

The Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO) is an Ontario Provincial Agency established under the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act, 1994. DICO’s role is to protect depositors of Ontario credit unions and ‘caisses populaires’ from loss of their deposits. Deposit insurance is part of a comprehensive depositor protection program for all Ontario credit unions which is backed by provincial legislation.  DICO insures deposits up to $250,000.

PACU will learn from the experiences of successful and unsuccessful credit unions. PACU will adopt and implement the best practices of financial institutions. Management and operational benchmarks may also be set higher than regulatory standards. Most importantly we will partner with and listen to the wants and needs of our owners, which is you, our members.

Currently, our resources are focused on completing a Feasibility Study and Business Plan. While we don’t want to spread out our current resources which are focused on business planning too thin, if we are able to get community assistance, we may be able to organize financial planning events sooner.

PACU INFO SESSIONS WEBINAR ACCESS

To watch the PACU info session webinar, please provide your details and we will email you the link.

The purpose of the community survey, is to present data and results to FSCO (Credit Union Regulatory body) to show that there is significant support in the Black Community , for a Black focused community credit union, and that it would be viable and sustainable

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Banks are for-profit private corporations whose primary responsibility is to make a profit for their stockholders. Credit unions like the Pan-African Credit Union (PACU) are not-for-profit institutions which use their profits for the benefits of their members.

The Pan-African Credit Union is a collaborative initiative, formed by The Jamaican Canadian Association, The Lion’s Circle Afrikan Men’s Association, and the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce. The PACU Steering Group has set the goal of creating a financial institution that will assist in providing resources that will empower you to move from your current financial situation to where you aspire to be in the future.

Personal products will include savings, chequing, loans and GICs. Business products will also be provided. The recently completed survey will assist the PACU Steering Group in determining other services that are needed. PACU services will also include financial education on topics from budgeting to wealth-building.

Membership is ownership. When you join PACU, you join a group of members with a like-minded focus on building financial growth and sharing in the benefits of collective ownership. With a keen understanding of our complex cultural experience, as a PACU member you will:

  • Develop financial growth strategies for you and your family;
  • Get preferential lending rates;
  • Improve your financial literacy;
  • Benefit from business advisory services;
  • Be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    • A vote impacts how the credit union operates and how the profits are reinvested
  • Be eligible to elect Directors for the Board
  • Have a voice in the credit union’s support for cultural, educational, charitable and recreational activities in Black communities; and
  • Contribute to the larger goal of unification and upliftment of Black communities.

While you do not need to be a member to qualify for a loan, you do need to be a member to have a deposit account and thus be able to fully participate in the membership benefits.

Once the credit union is officially open, you can download an application from the website. Once completed, it can be submitted in-person or by mail.

No. However, proper identification will be required.

PACU will outreach to young people through social media and school/campus events. Please contact us if you would like to assist.

PACU must follow the ‘5Cs’ of banking when qualifying members for a loan: character, capacity, capital, collateral, and conditions. With that said we will offer innovative financial products and financial literacy education to assist clients in making their investment and borrowing dreams come true.

The Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO) is an Ontario Provincial Agency established under the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act, 1994. DICO’s role is to protect depositors of Ontario credit unions and ‘caisses populaires’ from loss of their deposits. Deposit insurance is part of a comprehensive depositor protection program for all Ontario credit unions which is backed by provincial legislation.  DICO insures deposits up to $250,000.

PACU will learn from the experiences of successful and unsuccessful credit unions. PACU will adopt and implement the best practices of financial institutions. Management and operational benchmarks may also be set higher than regulatory standards. Most importantly we will partner with and listen to the wants and needs of our owners, which is you, our members.

Currently, our resources are focused on completing a Feasibility Study and Business Plan. While we don’t want to spread out our current resources which are focused on business planning too thin, if we are able to get community assistance, we may be able to organize financial planning events sooner.