Want more bang for your buck?

I just received an interesting notice from NVCU. I found it thought-provoking, and maybe worthy of further investigation on a personal level. Anyway, check it out for yourself… Below is the notice exactly as I received it. – Kenneth




Have you checked into what your current financial institution is paying you on your demand TFSA (Tax Free Savings Accounts)?
Due to the recent actions of the Bank of Canada in dropping rates to almost zero some financial institutions have taken it upon themselves to drop their depositors’ rates to almost zero. As an example, rate surveys tell us that some banks are paying as little as 0.05% on demand Tax Free Savings Accounts. Did you know that North Valley Credit union is paying 15 times this amount? This is not a short-term introductory offer but rather our regular ongoing rate. Your money is not locked in and is available to you on demand.
Consider switching your TFSA accounts to North Valley Credit Union and earn more interest on your life savings.
Give us a call so that we can provide further details. You can reach us at:

Telephone numbers: 306-745-6615 or toll free at 1-888-533-NVCU (6828).
Fax number – 306-745-2858.
Office address – 516 Main Street, Esterhazy, Saskatchewan.



Update from Esterhazy District Medical Clinic

As things slowly return to a more “familiar look” around the area, EsterhazyOnline reached out to the Esterhazy District Medical Clinic and asked for an update regarding their current operating procedures. This is what we received from them.


“As we move forward during these crazy times, we would like to ask everyone for their patience and for everyone to please abide by our new policies and procedures! We are doing our best to follow guidelines set up by the SHA which in turn will keep everyone (staff included) safe and healthy!

Just a few reminders:

In person apts are being booked but very staggered so we please ask that you come AT your apt time and not earlier. This will help us make sure that we don’t have more than what we are allowed in our waiting room. Also, ALL patients that come in to the clinic need to be screened so please be patient with us when we are asking you the series of questions, again recommended by the SHA. We will call the day before to confirm your apt, as well as screen. If we are not able to get a hold of you, you MUST call back before coming to the clinic so we can complete the screening process! We also ask that if anything changes overnight with your symptoms/history please call the clinic before coming to your apt. Due to the screening process absolutely NO WALK INS are allowed!! You MUST call the clinic first!

The majority of the apts are still being done virtually. Virtual apts are no different than in person apts and sometimes will take longer than expected (depending on each case), so we ask that you be patient! You may not get called exactly at the time you are given but be assured you WILL get a call! If a different time would work better than please request that!

Thank you for your understanding and patience!”

The glassy but classy look at NVCU

This week marks the re-opening of many businesses across the country as we slowly return to normal. But, for North Valley Credit Union, the doors were opened on June 1st, meaning I was able to pop in last week and check out their fancy new glass partitions.

It’s funny really, growing up in the UK in the 1960’s, I seem to recall every financial institution having glass between the tellers and clients just as a matter of course. Coming to Canada 32 years ago, and discovering a more “open plan” architecture, well.. that felt a little strange to me back then. And so it is that the new partitions seem to engender a feeling of deja vu for me.

And so, I present in these pictures the “New look” NVCU. You could say it is “Glassy yet classy.” The tempered glass has been installed at all front office workstations, and will remain as a feature even when the current health situation has passed. It will represent an ongoing safety precaution to protect everyone’s health, no matter what bug may be in the air at the time.

NVCU is delighted to welcome back existing (and new) clients into the building, and they will continue to offer the sterling service for which they are known. However, it is also understandable that even with the safety precautions, some people may still be a little reluctant to venture “out and about” during the early days of the relaxing of restrictions. For that reason, NVCU also reminds clients that “Member Direct Internet Home Banking” services are still there, and that staff are also only a phone call away to assist you.




Canalta Esterhazy and Canalta Moosomin re-open

I just heard from Esterhazy’s own Lyndsay Hamilton (now director of sales for the Canalta hotels chain), and this is what she said.

“Not sure if this is something you share, but we have reopened the Canalta Esterhazy and Canalta Moosomin location (amongst others) and we have really ramped up our cleaning standards. Our commitment to keeping our guests and team members safe is our top priority. Here is the link: http://info.canaltahotels.com/clean
No pressure, but wanted to pass along.”


How can I refuse a friend… So here you go Lyndsay… It’s shared.

Warrior Announcement from Tyler Metz

Hi there Warrior Family and Friends! With the poor weather last fall and delays from The COVID-19 pandemic, the Football field and track project has experienced delays.

The Warrior Football team, GSSD, EHS, Norenda Construction, and all the Professionals and Volunteers working on this project are requesting to please refrain from using the field and track.

Please do your part to get the word out, if any part of the track or field is damaged, it would result in further delays and expenses.

There will be a community announcement when the track is ready for community use.

On behalf of all the communities that have and will benefit from the use of this facility, we thank you!

Note: Due COVID-19 and its Resulting economic downturn, the fundraising committee has decided to hold off any fundraising initiatives with local businesses or the public.

The Fundraising committee again thanks all the Individuals and Companies that have supported this 100% donation driven fundraiser!!

Coach Metz

North Valley Credit Union branch re-opening

This notice has just come in from NVCU…


I am pleased to advise that North Valley Credit Union will be re-opening its branch in Esterhazy on Monday June 1st, 2020. We are excited to welcome our members, customers and clients back into our building

As we have not been given the “all clear” insofar as COVID is concerned we will be continuing to take precautions for the safety of our staff members and the public. These safety precautions are:

  • Requiring that social distancing be maintained within the branch.
  • Ensuring that everyone entering the branch use hand sanitizer.
  • Requesting that you remove your gloves before entering the building
  • Limiting the number of people within the branch at any one time.

We will not be requiring anyone entering the branch to wear a facemask, however, if you feel more comfortable doing so you are welcome to wear one. 

We will not be screening  people for symptoms of the virus so you will be on the honour system to ensure that you are free from the virus when entering our building. 

When coming into our office you will see we have installed tempered glass at all the front office workstations and these will be a permanent fixture even after the threat of the virus has passed. Again, this is a safety precaution to protect everyone’s health to the best of our ability. 

If you have any questions you can reach us at:

306-745-6615 or toll free at 1-888-533-NVCU (6828)

​​​​​​​Roy Spence

​​​​​​​CEO & General Manager


CEBA (Canada Emergency Business Account) Program Loans

CEBA (Canada Emergency Business Account) Program Loans

North Valley Credit Union has begun processing and funding CEBA loans. Our lending personnel have reached out to all of our commercial accounts that we feel will qualify for a government CEBA loan. If we have not contacted your business and you feel you do qualify for a CEBA loan please feel free to contact our office. The criteria you must meet to qualify for a CEBA loan are:

  • You must have been a member or account holder at North Valley Credit Union before March 1st , 2020 and this account must have been your primary business account.
  • You must have paid out salaries to your employees of at least $ 20,000.00 and not more than $ 1,500,000.00, as confirmed in box 14 of your 2019 T4 summary.
  • You must have a CRA business registration number.
  • Your account must have been in good standing on March 1st, 2020.

CEBA loans are government subsidized and are in the amount of $ 40,000.00. They carry an interest rate of zero percent.  If you repay the loan in full before December 31st, 2022 you will be eligible to receive up to $ 10,000.00 in loan forgiveness. If you do not repay the loan by the end of 2022 then the loan will be extended at the full amount of $ 40,000.00 until December 31st, 2025 at the rate of 5.00% per annum.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact our lending department. You can reach us at:


306-745-6615 or toll free at 1-888-533-6828


Following the appropriate advertising North Valley Credit Union held its Nomination period between March 16th and 27th, 2020. The credit union did not receive any nomination papers for potential new directors during this time period. Accordingly, the incumbent directors whose terms had expired were elected by acclamation and will serve a three-year term.

The directors elected by acclamation are:

Laurie Appel
Mark Johnson
Blondena Merritt.

On behalf of the balance of the Board of Directors and the staff members, I would like to thank the above individuals for letting their names stand for election. We look forward to the positive contributions that they will make over the coming years.

Roy Spence
CEO & General Manager
North Valley Credit Union