Positioning Saskatchewan's Credit Unions for Growth

The Conference Board of Canada, 79 pages, May 27, 2014
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This report looks at the challenges facing Saskatchewan’s credit unions, recent regulatory and tax policy changes that may affect them, and the implications for credit unions’ participation in Saskatchewan’s economy.

Document Highlights

This is the second Saskatchewan Institute report that looks at financial issues specific to Saskatchewan. The focus of the report is credit unions, a prominent feature of Saskatchewan’s financial services sector. It first looks at the key strategic challenges facing Saskatchewan’s credit unions and their responses to these challenges, which will shape their market share as the province grows. Next, the report discusses recent regulatory and tax policy changes that may affect credit union operations. The report then examines the implications of these elements for the ability of credit unions to participate in Saskatchewan’s economy. It concludes with some recommendations for Saskatchewan

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

  • The Credit Union Difference
  • Policy Matters
  • A Way Forward


  • Ce qui distingue les coopératives de crédit
  • L’impact des politiques
  • La marche à suivre

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • About This Report

Chapter 2—Strategic Challenges

  • Approach
  • The Credit Union Business Model
  • Implications
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3—Policy Challenges

  • Why Policy?
  • Regulatory Policy
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4—A Credit Union Policy?

  • Credit Unions and Risk
  • Credit Unions’ Socio-economic Contribution
  • Implications of Current Policy Mix
  • Toward an Optimal Policy Mix
  • Crown Corporation Policy
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5—Implications

  • Saskatchewan Credit Unions
  • The Credit Union Movement
  • Provincial Policy-Makers
  • Federal Policy-Makers

Appendix A—Bibliography

Appendix B—Saskatchewan Communities Served by Credit Unions and Commercial Banks

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