Credit card competition in the Canadian market is heating up with the entry of cards issued by credit unions. This week, Surrey Metro Savings of Vancouver became the first credit union to launch a new suite of credit cards developed through an east/west consortium formed by VanCity, Canada’s largest credit union, and Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Quebec’s largest financial co-operative. The range of ‘Community VISA’ cards offers gold card services, low interest rates and travel rewards through Canada 3000. Surrey Metro Savings, as the country’s second largest credit union with 17 branches and 115,000 members, is the first to offer six different ‘Community VISA’ card options to its members. Desjardins and VanCity Community Card Services was formed in August 1998 through an agreement with Credit Union Central of British Columbia to provide credit card services to credit unions across Canada. For more details on the international card market visit Card2000 ([>www.card2000.com]).