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About the caisse

A financial cooperative with deep roots in the community, Caisse Desjardins de Lévis has 51,000 members. Each caisse member is also a co-owner of the caisse.

Find out more about caisse operations.

The mission of the Caisse Desjardins de Lévis is to contribute to the economic and social betterment of members and the communities in the area in which it operates.

Its goals are to:

  • Promote the practice of saving and the wise use of credit among members.
  • Stimulate individual and group initiative.
  • Help members play an active role in their economic and social environment.
  • Promote economic, social and cooperative education.

The Caisse Desjardins de Lévis listens to its members. It offers products and services tailored to their needs.

Caisse populaire Desjardins de Lévis, the very first caisse, was founded in 1900 by Alphonse Desjardins.

At the end of the 19th century, Quebec was characterized by hardship, low morale and unemployment. Only usurious lenders were willing to give loans to the poor. Concerned by this situation, Alphonse Desjardins came to understand that those in need of credit would have to team up.

The idea took root. On December 6, 1900, about a hundred Lévis residents adopted the rules of association and by-laws Desjardins had prepared. Caisse populaire de Lévis was born.

On opening day, January 23, 1901, the 1st deposit was for 10 cents. But people were wary, and the early days were difficult. The caisse reached its first million dollars in assets in 1919.

In 1982, Caisse populaire de Lévis and Caisse populaire de Christ-Roi merged. In 2000, Caisse populaire de Lévis and Caisse populaire Desjardins de Saint-David merged and became Caisse populaire Desjardins de Lévis. On January 1, 2008, the Lauzon and Pintendre caisses joined Caisse populaire Desjardins de Lévis. On January 1, 2012, Caisse Desjardins de Bienville and Caisse Populaire Desjardins de Lévis merged to form a new cooperative that is both strong and forward-looking.

Today, the first caisse founded by Desjardins is still growing. It has more than 52,000 members and employs nearly 165 people in 2 locations. The Galeries Chagnon service centre provides standard transaction and teller services, and our head office offers advisory services for individuals. Today, it represents an economic force of more than $4.9 billion in business volume under management.

And it all started with only 10 cents.

To find out more, read La Caisse de Lévis : là où tout a commencé (available in French only). This book was published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1st caisse founded by Alphonse Desjardins.

Introduction (PDF, 39 KB)

Chapitre I
Alphonse Desjardins, citoyen de Lévis
(1854-1900) (PDF, 298 KB)
Chapitre II
La fondation de la Caisse populaire de Lévis
(1897-1900) (PDF, 237 KB)
Chapitre III
La « caisse mère » en activité
(1901-1920) (PDF, 499 KB)
Chapitre IV
Crises et essor
(1921-1945) (PDF, 606 KB)
Chapitre V
« Les fruits magnifiques de la semence »
(1945-1970) (PDF, 578 KB)
Chapitre VI
De Lévis à Nazareth
(1970-2000) (PDF, 474 KB)

Conclusion (PDF, 45 KB)

Notes (PDF, 373 KB)

To watch a part of the Caisse's history, go to the Alphonse Desjardins's dream page (video in French only).

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