The declines in demand for shipbuilding, forestry and mining led to drastic cuts in industrial employment. But for the first time, large-scale unemployment wasn’t a concern for North Shore residents. The creation of Lions Gate Film Studios and other studios brought Hollywood north, and with it a boom in technology, design and engineering jobs. It also brought North Vancouver international attention, which, in combination with Expo '86, resulted in another population boom from an influx of immigration.
We installed the first Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in BC
North Shore Community Credit Union was also hit with the technology bug. In 1980 we installed the first Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in BC at our Lonsdale branch and expanded our ATM network across all of our branches. We installed computers in every branch, which allowed more efficient and automated customer service. We became the first Financial Institution to open a branch in Whistler; we also opened a branch at Park Royal. In 1986 we merged with Harbour Savings Credit Union to acquire two downtown locations (later consolidated into one) and a branch in North Burnaby. We ended the decade with $315 million in assets; 36,000 members; and over 100 sponsored community events and charities.