News & Articles

2018

And the Winner is... - July 12, 2018
Click here to find out who is the winner of the HPFFA Charity Bed Push raffle basketball signed by Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors!

Good Luck to our Scholarship Applicants! - July 4, 2018
HMECU's Focusing on Our Future Scholarship program is now closed - winners will be announced the week of August 13th!

Important Reminder: Traveller's Cheques - July 3, 2018
As of July 31, 2018, HMECU will no longer be selling traveller's cheques. Although we will no longer be selling traveller's cheques, we will still be able to accept and redeem CAD and USD traveller's cheques from our members. American Express traveller's cheques do no expire and therefore can continue to be redeemed. If you have any questions regarding this notification, please contact your branch for more information.

Online Banking Activity Alerts - June 20, 2018
Learn how to protect yourself from fraud using our online banking alerts to notify you of possible suspicious activity!

HPFFA's Charity Bed Push This Saturday - June 18, 2018
Join us at Bayfront Park this Saturday for the Hamilton Firefighters' Charity Bed Push event! Games, music, food, and fun!

Intern Director Program - June 8, 2018
Apply today for HMECU's Intern Director program to explore your interest and learn what is involved in being a Director!

Discontinuation - Life Insured Savings Account - June 4, 2018
HMECU has been informed by CUMIS Insurance that the Life Insured Savings subaccount (death benefit up to $2,000) will no longer be available for our members. Many HMECU members had legacy Life Insured Savings subaccounts with a balance less than $100 and no activity since September 30, 2017. These members will be contacted by phone, the balance will be transferred to another existing subaccount and the Life Insured Savings subaccount will be closed. If you would like to open up an alternative savings account, please contact or visit your branch to speak with a Member Service Representative who will be happy to assist you

If you still have a balance more than $100 in your Life Insured Savings subaccount, further communication regarding the cancellation of insurance will be mailed to you directly in the coming months. In the mean time, you still have insurance coverage on your Life Insured Savings subaccount. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for further information.

Important Notice: Traveller's Cheques - May 18, 2018
As of July 31, 2018, HMECU will no longer be selling traveller's cheques. Although we will no longer be selling traveller's cheques, we will still be able to accept and redeem CAD and USD traveller's cheques from our members. American Express traveller's cheques do no expire and therefore can continue to be redeemed. If you have any questions regarding this notification, please contact your branch for more information.

Check Out our New Mastercard Lineup! - May 16, 2018
We have a card to fit your life - apply online for your new HMECU Collabria Mastercard today!

Help Us Serve You Better - May 11, 2018
We want to hear from you! Click here to participate in a short survey about your primary financial institution!

Raffle in Support of HPFFA Bed Push Event - May 3, 2018
Win a basketball signed by Toronto Raptor's starting Point Guard, Kyle Lowry! Visit a branch to get your tickets today!

Scholarship Contest Now Open! - May 1, 2018
Apply today for one of HMECU's Focusing on Our Future Scholarship awards - deadline is July 3, 2018!

Juravinski Office 1 Year Anniversary! - April 27, 2018
Celebrate the 1st anniversary of HMECU's Juravinski Office May 2nd to 4th! Enter for a chance to win the anniversary grand prize!

Put some Spring into your Savings! - April 18, 2018
Winter got you down? Put some spring into your savings with 2.70% for 17 months and 3.00% for 40 months - click to find out more!

2017 Annual Report & Financial Statements - April 12, 2018
Click here to download a copy of HMECU's 2017 Annual Report or complete financial statements for 2017.

HPFFA Charity Bed Push - April 11, 2018
HMECU is proud to be the title sponsor of this exciting event upcoming on June 23rd - click here for more info!

RESOLVED: Limeridge Branch Phone Issue - March 19, 2018
Please be advised that the intermittent issues with our Limeridge branch local phone number 905-575-8888 have been resolved. If you continue to experience an issue, please use our toll free number 1-866-808-2888 to let us know of the problem you are experiencing so we can investigate further.

NOTICE: Limeridge Branch Phone Issue - March 13, 2018
Please be advised that we are experiencing intermittent issues with our Limeridge branch local phone number 905-575-8888. When calling in, members may not be directed to our automated phone answering system. The call will continue ringing however will never be answered.

Please note we are diligently trying to fix this issue as soon as possible. If you are experiencing this issue, we advise that you please use our toll free number 1-866-808-2888 to contact the Limeridge branch and you should be connected almost immediately.

March is Fraud Prevention Month! - March 12, 2018
Identity theft and financial scams are among the fastest growing crimes in North America - find out how to protect yourself!

Support Brantford Flood Relief - March 7, 2018
If you would like to help, call or visit a branch to donate today - click here for a branch near you!

83rd Annual General Meeting - March 8, 2018
Join us on April 11th, 2018 at Michelangelo's Banquet Centre - Registration at 6pm, Meeting at 6:30pm!

Support Brantford Flood Relief - March 7, 2018
If you would like to help, call or visit a branch to donate today! Click here for a branch near you!

Around the Bay Race Bake Sale on March 9th - March 1, 2018
Purchase a baked good, find the golden ticket, and you could win free banking! All proceeds support St Joseph's Healthcare!

New Year, New Mastercard - February 27, 2018
Cash back on everyday purchases, travel benefits, flexible rates, or low annual fees - we have the right card for you!

Notice of Deposit Insurance Increase - February 2, 2018
Didyou know that the maximum amount for deposit insurance was increased to $250,000 on January 1, 2018? Click here for more information!

Annual Central Membership Dues - February 1, 2018
Please be advised that your annual membership dues were deducted from your account on February 1st, 2018.

We Care About Mental Health in the Workplace - January 31, 2018
In support of workplace mental health, HMECU participates in the Not Myself Today program - Find out more!

Apply Now for your New Credit Card! - January 12, 2018
Introducing the branch new HMECU Collabria Mastercard® lineup! Click here for more information!

Are You Ready to Stand Out and Lead? - January 1, 2018
Join HMECU's Board of Directors and help guide your Credit Union into the future!

2017

We're Social @HMECU! - December 28, 2017
Follow, Like, Tweet, Share, Comment, Check In - we want you to post about your experience at HMECU!

New Mastercard® Provider Coming January 1st! - December 14, 2017
Click here to find out more about your existing CUETS Financial Mastercard and our new Credit Union Mastercard program effective January 1st, 2018.

Hamilton EMS CityKidz Toy Drive - December 11, 2017
Bring a new, unwrapped toy into any of our Hamilton locations and help give thousands of local children the gift of Christmas!

Where in the World is Santa Claus? - December 1, 2017
Use the official NORAD Santa Tracker to countdown to Santa's journey around the world!

November is Financial Literacy Month - November 15, 2017
Discover how you can learn more about your finances and create a better financial future with the help of HMECU!

Discontinuation - Life Insured Savings Account - November 1, 2017
HMECU has been informed by CUMIS Insurance that the Life Insured Savings subaccount (death benefit up to $2,000) will no longer be available for our members. As the product was provided by CUMIS Insurance and has been discontinued, any account that was depleted to $0 no longer qualifies for any insurance coverage as of April 1, 2016.

Many HMECU members had legacy Life Insured Savings subaccounts with no balance and no activity since June 30, 2017. These subaccounts no longer have insurance coverage, and as a result the subaccounts have been closed. If you would like to open up an alternative savings account, please contact or visit your branch to speak with a Member Service Representative who will be happy to assist you

If you still have a balance in your Life Insured Savings subaccount, further communication regarding the cancellation of insurance will be mailed to you directly in the coming months, regarding your options for these funds. In the mean time, you still have insurance coverage on your Life Insured Savings subaccount. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Boxing Day Rate Special! - October 27, 2017
You don't have to wait until Boxing Day for a great deal - 2.60% for 90 days! Find out more!

Stocking Stuffer Loan is Back! - October 25, 2017
Take advantage of shopping worry free this season with our Stocking Stuffer Loan - no payments until February!

Nightmare on Elmore at Gage Park - October 24, 2017
Check out the 1st Annual Hammertown Horror Fest Oct 27th to Oct 31st - tickets only $5/each for HMECU members!

System Maintenance Advisory - October 16, 2017
On Sunday, October 22nd between 4am to 7am, scheduled maintenance will be completed on our debit card and ATM systems. During this time, debit card transactions (POS and ATM) may be intermittently unavailable. HMECU ATMs are also expected to disconnect briefly and reconnect during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your branch for more information.

Piggy Bank Fair Photos - October 13, 2017
Check out some pictures from the 2nd Annual Piggy Bank Fair! Thank you to all who attended this growing event!

International Credit Union Day - October 12, 2017
Visit your branch on Thursday, OCtober 19th to celebrate International Credit Union Day with us!

Win Hamilton Ti-Cat Tickets - October 4, 2017
Raffle tickets available all month long - all proceeds support your local firefighters and Crime Stoppers!

Have you "checked in" yet? - September 21, 2017
Visiting one of our branches or ATMs? "Check in" on Facebook for your chance to win a $100 gas gift card!

Proud to be a Scholarship Winner! - September 12, 2017
We asked our winners to share what it's like to be a recipient of an HMECU scholarship - check out their videos here!

The Piggy Bank Fair is back! - September 11, 2017
Join us at one of our Piggy Bank Fairs this September at the Brantford and Limeridge branches!

Community Events Calendar - September 7, 2017
Lots of exciting community events coming up in September and October - click here to check them out!

And the Winners are... - August 21, 2017
Congratulations to our student members who won the 2017 Focusing on Our Future Scholarship awards!

Do you have your Student Survival Kit yet? - August 4, 2017
Summer is half over already, time to start thinking about your upcoming school year! Student Survival Kit has everything you need and more!

Grow your Money at HMECU - July 24, 2017
Check out HMECU's competitive interest rates on deposits, loans and mortgages - plus free financial planning!

"Check In" to HMECU on Facebook - July 6, 2017
Check in on Facebook at any HMECU branch or ATM for your chance to win a $100 gas gift card!

Lena Graves is Retiring!- June 19, 2017
Join us as we wish Lena congratulations on her upcoming retirement - visit the Brantford branch by June 30th!

Apply now for an HMECU Scholarship- June 15, 2017
Less than a month left to submit your application and essay into the HMECU scholarship contest - deadline is July 4th.

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!- June 6, 2017
We're celebrating Canada's birthday all month long - answer the weekly question at your branch to be entered to win a $150 GIC!

Got the App??- June 5, 2017
Did you know that HMECU has a Mobile App for Apple and Android devices? Download it today!

Survival Kit Just for Students- May 19, 2017
Attending college, university, or trade school? HMECU's Student Survival Kit was created just for you - find out more!

Juravinski Hospital Office NOW OPEN!- May 12, 2017
Visit your new Juravinski branch and financial wellness centre, located in the Juravinski Hospital - click here for more info!

Juravinski Hospital Office Grand Opening- May 2, 2017
You're invited! Join us at 9am on Wednesday, May 3rd in the Juravinski Hospital Atrium Cafe for the grand opening!

Apply for Your Chance to Win an HMECU Scholarship- May 1, 2017
Are you ready to pursue post-secondary education? Applications are now being accepted for the HMECU scholarship contest - click here for more info!

Go Platinum Today!- April 7, 2017
Sign up for HMECU's Super Member Platinum package and receive it for FREE until July 1st!

82nd Annual General Meeting- April 4, 2017
Join us for HMECU's 82nd Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, April 12th - click here for more information!

Juravinski Hospital Office COMING SOON!!!- April 3, 2017
HMECU is excited to announce we will be opening our brand new Juravinski Hospital satellite office in April - stay tuned for more information!

We're Social @HMECU- March 27, 2017
Our members have been busy tagging @HMECU on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter - click here to check out what they're posting!

HMECU's Mobile Banking App is Here!- March 23, 2017
Download our brand new mobile banking app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store today!

Deposit Your Cheques in a Snap! - March 23, 2017
HMECU's new mobile banking app features Deposit Anywhere - deposit your cheques using your smartphone or tablet!

Tap & Go with Interac Flash - March 17, 2017
HMECU Member Cards are now equipped with Interac Flash! Visit your branch to pick up yours today!

Burlington Office Makeover - February 22, 2017
HMECU's Burlington City Hall office received a makeover to serve you better - click here to check it out!

We're Social @HMECU! - February 15, 2017
Tag @HMECU on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for your chance to win a $100 gas gift card #HMECUsomuchmore

Protect Yourself from Fraud - February 9, 2017
Indentity theft and financial scams are among the fastest growing crimes in North America - click here for tips on fraud prevention!

Annual Central Membership Dues - February 2, 2017
Please be advised that the annual central membership dues were deducted from your account on February 1st - click here for more information

SteelTown Stair Climb Sponsored by HMECU - January 27, 2017
HMECU is proud to be the title sponsor of the SteelTown Stair Climb, supporting the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association and the Ontario Lung Association! Join us for this exciting event on February 4th - click here for more information!

RRSP? TFSA? What's Right for You? - January 24, 2017
Tax season is approaching! Our comprehensive brochures will help you understand and compare RRSPs and TFSAs!

Building a Healthy Financial Future - January 20, 2017
HMECU's fixed-term deposit special offers you competitive interest rates to help you reach your financial goals!

Raffle in Support of Crime Stoppers Hamilton - January 9, 2017
Purchase your raffle tickets at our Limeridge or Main West locations for a chance to win great prizes - all proceeds to Crime Stoppers!

Board of Directors Call for Nominations - January 3, 2017
Are you ready to stand out and lead? Join HMECU's Board of Directors and help guide your Credit Union in to the future!

2016

Where in the World is Santa Claus? - December 23, 2016
Use the official NORAD Santa Tracker to follow Santa Claus as he makes his journey around the world!

HMECU Holiday Calendar - December 22, 2016
Click here to check out HMECU's holiday calendar to see which locations will be open during the holiday season.

How to Protect Yourself Against Fraud - December 2, 2016
Click here to find out how to recognize fraud and how to protect yourself from falling victim to scams.

Building a Healthy Financial Future - November 30, 2016
HMECU's fixed-term deposit special offers you competitive interest rates to help you reach you financial goals!

Safety Deposit Box Fees - November 16, 2016
Please be advised that there was a technical issue where some members were not charged their annual safety deposit box rental fee. Those members who have not be charged for 2016 will be charged on November 17th. Many of these annual fees would usually be charged in September and going forward will be charged on the regular anniversary date. If you have any questions regarding your safety deposit box rental fee, please contact your branch.

Stocking Stuffer Loan is Back! - November 1, 2016
Shop worry free with HMECU's Stocking Stuffer Loan - great low rate and no payments until February 2017!

Happy Halloween from HMECU - October 31, 2016
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook for all the latest happenings at HMECU - Happy Halloween!

What's Happening at HMECU? - October 25, 2016
Click here to view our Events Calendar! Stay up to date on upcoming HMECU events and events in your community!

International Credit Union Day - October 20, 2016
Join us at any HMECU location on Thursday, October 20th to help us celebrate International Credit Union Day!

Important Notice Regarding HMECU Debit Cards - September 18, 2016
On September 18th, we experienced point-of-sale transactions being declined between approximately 9am to 2pm. The issue has been resolved and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Interac e-Transfer Fraud Update - August 30, 2016
Interac has published new information on e-Transfer phishing scams - click here to find out how you can protect yourself!

You're Invited to the Piggy Bank Fair! - August 23, 2016
Join us at one of our Piggy Bank fairs for fun activities and prizes - Sept 10th at Brantford, Sept 17th at Limeridge

Scholarship Winners Announced - August 18, 2016
Congratulations to our 2016 "Focusing on Our Future" Scholarship award winners - click here for more information!

First Step Savings Account - August 10, 2016
Effective September 10th, the Fat Cat® savings account name will be changed to First Step savings account - find out more!

Stages in Your Life - July 20, 2016
Let HMECU guide you in the right direction and plan for life's events, expected and unexpected

THE EXCHANGE® Network Smartphone App - July 11, 2016
Travelling within Canada? THE EXCHANGE ATM Locator app is available for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry!

Student Survival Kit - July 8, 2016
Attending post-secondary school? HMECU's Student Survival Kit has got you covered!

Scholarship Application Window is Now Closed - July 6, 2016
Students! Thank you to all of those that applied for HMECU's 'Focusing on Our Future' scholarship awards!

Find an HMECU Branch or ATM - July 4, 2016
Click here to view a map with HMECU branches and ATMs, or search for an EXCHANGE Network ATM near you!

What is Co-operative Banking? - June 20, 2016
Putting you first and better banking go hand in hand - click here to find out more!

Have you Applied for a Scholarship yet? - June 6, 2016
The scholarship deadline is fast approaching - be sure to submit your application and essay by July 5, 2016

Relay for Life Car Wash Saturday, June 4th - May 31, 2016
Join us for a car wash this Saturday, 10am-2pm at the Limeridge branch - all proceeds donated to HMECU's Relay for Life team!

HMECU Donates to the Fort McMurray Relief Efforts - May 27, 2016
HMECU is pleased to make a donation to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal - click here to learn more!

Become a Member! - May 26, 2016
Not a member yet? What are you waiting for... Apply online to begin your membership with HMECU!

Donate to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal - May 10, 2016
To learn how you can help residents in Alberta impacted by the fires, click here to visit the Red Cross website or call 1-800-418-1111

Student Survival 101 - May 9, 2016
Whether you are attending college, university, or trade school, HMECU's Student Survival Kit has you covered!

HMECU Scholarship Program Now Open - May 2, 2016
Applications are now being accepted for HMECU's "Focusing on our Future" Scholarships until July 5, 2016

Let's Get Social! - April 27, 2016
Get the latest updates about what's happening at HMECU - follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

Bake Sale on Wednesday! - April 25, 2016
Join us for a bake sale on April 27th at the Limeridge Branch from 10:30am-5pm, proceeds going to The Unity Run - click here for more information about upcoming events!

Did You Know We Have Calculators? - April 19, 2016
Click here to take advantage of HMECU's planners and calculators - loan, mortgage, retirement and many more!

March Super Member Service Charges - April 13, 2016
A small percentage of members were not charged the Super Member fee at the end of March. These accounts will be debited effective April 15th.

HMECU Participates in the Around the Bay Race 5K! - April 11, 2016
For the 6th year, HMECU had the pleasure of participating in the race and fundraising for St Joseph's Healthcare Foundation!

Find a Branch or ATM Near You - April 4, 2016
Click here to view a map with HMECU branches and ATM's, as well as surcharge-free ATM's nearest you.

Join Us for Our Annual General Meeting! - March 2, 2016
HMECU's 81st AGM will be held at Michelangelo's Banquet Centre on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at 6:30pm

HMECU Supports Connecting Generations - February 26, 2016
HMECU had the pleasure of participating in St Peter's Connecting Generations and donating a $500 RESP to the winner!

You're Invited! - January 19, 2016
HMECU is holding a free seminar on how to use RRSPs, TFSAs, CPP and employer pensions to maximize savings and retirement income

HMECU Supports BCHS Foundation - January 14, 2016
During December, HMECU held a gift tag fundraiser in support of BCHS Foundation raising $300

RRSP Contribution Deadline - January 13, 2016
February 29, 2016 is the deadline for contributing to an RRSP for the 2015 tax year

We Offer More than a Great Rate! - January 11, 2016
Take advantage of HMECU's new special deposit rate of 1.75% for 15 months, available for TFSA, RRSP, RRIF, or term deposit

Are You Ready to Stand Out and Lead? - January 4, 2016
Join HMECU's Board of Directors and help guide your Credit
Union into the future - click here for more information!

2015

Stop Paying High Interest Rates - December 29, 2015
HMECU's consolidation loan features a great low rate of 6.99%. Contact one of our loan specialists today and start saving your money!

HMECU Raises Money for Crime Stoppers - December 16, 2015
During November, HMECU held two raffles in support of Crime Stoppers and Crime Prevention Month

2016 TFSA Contribution Limit Reduced - December 11, 2015
Effective January 1, 2016 the yearly contribution limit will be reduced to $5,500, this will not affect your accumulated contribution room

HMECU Supports Food 4 Kids - December 9, 2015
During fire prevention month, HMECU members donated their spare changes and bought raffle tickets in support of Food 4 Kids

Stocking Stuffer Loan Sale - December 1, 2015
Shop worry free this holiday season with HMECU's Stocking Stuffer Loan, great low rate of 6.49%, apply now!

Crime Prevention Week Charity BBQ - October 26, 2015
Join us at the Central Police Station on November 2nd to help launch Crime Prevention Week, proceeds to Crime Stoppers

HMECU's New Website & Online Banking - October 20, 2015
On October 20th, HMECU launched a new website and online banking platform with enhanced features and technology

Fire Prevention Week - October 2, 2015
Support our firefighters during Fire Prevention Week, visit your branch to find out how you can help

Don't Keep Us a Secret! - October 1, 2015
We want you to tell your family, friends and co-workers that they deserve to be treated like a member, not a number

Fraud Alert: CRA Fraudulent Emails & Phone Calls - September 16, 2015
Members should be vigilant if they receive a communication that claims to be from the CRA requesting personal information

And the Winners are... - August 21, 2015
Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd Annual HMECU Scholarship Contest.

HMECU Newsletter - August 6, 2015
Click to view the August 2015 member newsletter.

6th Annual Hamilton Firefighter's Charity Golf Classic - July 29, 2015
Thursday September 24, 2015 at Flamborough Hills Golf Course - open to all members of HMECU, sign up today!

Fund Your Child's Education for Free! - July 27, 2015
Find out how to combine government grants to potentially build substantial education savings.

HMECU Newsletter - July 14, 2015
Click to view the July 2015 member newsletter.

HMECU Announces New President & CEO - July 14, 2015
Our Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Mann as President & CEO of HMECU.

Don't Keep Us a Secret! - July 8, 2015
We want you to tell your family, friends and co-workers that they deserve to be treated like a member, not a number! Earn $50 for every referral.

Stop Paying High Interest Rates... Spend Your Money on Other Things - July 8, 2015
HMECU's consolidation loan features a great low rate of 6.99%. Contact one of our loan specialists today and start saving your money!

WOW! Service Beyond Your Expectations - July 8, 2015
See what our members are saying about HMECU staff.

HMECU Newsletter - June 24, 2015
Click to view the June 2015 member newsletter.

HMECU Newsletter - May 1, 2015
Click to view the May 2015 member newsletter.

Your (Challenging) TFSA Questions Answered - April 24, 2015
The Globe and Mail - With the federal budget nearly doubling the annual TFSA contribution limit to $10,000 – effective immediately – TFSA's are going to play an even bigger role in our financial lives.

HMECU Newsletter - February 19, 2015
Click to view the February 2015 member newsletter.

2014

HMECU Newsletter - October 15, 2014
Click to view the October 2014 member newsletter.

HMECU Newsletter - August 7, 2014
Click to view the August 2014 member newsletter.

HMECU Newsletter - May 22, 2014
Click to view the May 2014 member newsletter.

HMECU Newsletter - March 20, 2014
Click to view the March 2014 member newsletter.

HMECU Newsletter - January 23, 2014
Click to view the January 2014 member newsletter.