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2012 News Releases

Surrey Pushes for Secure and Reliable Transportation Funding

January 24, 2013 - The City of Surrey is joining municipalities across Canada in the #CutMyCommute campaign to push for new funding for transportation projects in order to reduce traffic gridlock, which is costing the Canadian economy more than $10 billion a year.

Surrey Works to Prevent Christmas Auto Crime

December 18, 2012 - Over the past four weeks close to 12,000 vehicles in Surrey have been audited in an effort to try and prevent thieves from targeting vehicles this holiday season.

City to Ban Smoking at Surrey Hospitals

December 11, 2012 - The City of Surrey wants to ban smoking at the Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre. Council approved a bylaw amendment at last night’s meeting which would prohibit smoking on these properties, including open areas and parking lots that are more than 7.5 metres away from a building.

New Support for Surrey Technology Companies

December 07, 2012 - Surrey technology entrepreneurs now have access to new resources to help their company grow and thrive. The City has partnered with the BC Technology Industry Association and SFU Surrey to launch a Centre4Growth acceleration program, which provides entrepreneurs with access to seasoned coaches, resources, workshops, business clinics, and more.

City of Surrey Employees Give Record Donation to United Way

December 05, 2012 - City of Surrey employees raised a record $234,000 for children, seniors and women in need through this year’s United Way campaign. Mayor Dianne Watts and the City’s United Way committee handed over the cheque today during a presentation at City Hall.

Community Unites in the Fight Against Impaired Driving

November 28, 2012 - The City of Surrey, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Surrey RCMP, Surrey Fire Service and emergency personnel from around the region launched Project Red Ribbon today at City Hall.

Surrey Launches New Service Request App

November 27, 2012 - The City of Surrey has launched a new mobile phone app designed to make it easier for residents and businesses to submit service requests and report issues.

Surrey Residents Reduce Landfill Waste by 35 Per Cent

November 21, 2012 - Residents have helped reduce garbage by 35 per cent since Surrey launched its new waste collection program, which is designed to divert waste from the landfill by collecting organics separately from garbage.

Surrey Launches Stop Bullying Film Contest

November 14, 2012 - ‘What can u do?’ is the theme of Surrey’s second annual Stop Bullying Film Contest, which is aimed at engaging youth to raise awareness about bullying, provide information about help that is available, and develop solutions.

Surrey Wins International Award for Mobile Building Inspection Program

November 13, 2012 - The City of Surrey is being honoured in Barcelona this week for using technology to improve efficiencies. The City won ‘Best e-Government Prize’ in the Services category for being the first city in Canada to introduce a smart phone and mobile application for building inspections.

Surrey Joins Mobile Business Licence program

November 08, 2012 - The City of Surrey is partnering with the Provincial Government and several municipalities to test a mobile business licence program aimed at reducing red tape and fostering a competitive environment for investment.

City Gears up for Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

November 09, 2012 - The public is invited to join Mayor and Council Nov 24th at Central City Plaza for a day of free family fun and the lighting of one of the tallest Christmas trees in Canada.

Surrey Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

October 23, 2012 - Clean Energy BC has selected the City of Surrey as this year’s winner of its Environmental Stewardship and Community Improvement Award.

Strengthened Partnerships in the Fight Against Homelessness

October 12, 2012 - The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society announced the recipients of its 2012 annual grants last night. The Society provided close to $240,000 to nine Surrey-based agencies working to address the challenges of homelessness.

Surrey Awarded for Excellence in Building

October 05, 2012 - The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board has awarded the City of Surrey with four commercial building awards.

City of Surrey Named a Top Employer for Young People

October 05, 2012 - The City of Surrey has been named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, and has been recognized as a national leader in helping college and university students make the transition from school to work.

Innovation and the New Global Economy: International Leaders Gather at 2012 Surrey Regional Economic Summit

October 04, 2012 - Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and some of North America’s leading political and business commentators joined leaders from across the region at the 2012 Surrey Regional Economic Summit today. The event provided unique perspectives on the new global economy and addressed a wide range of challenges and opportunities facing the region and Canada.

City Honours 2012 Civic Treasures

October 03, 2012 - Leaders of the business and cultural communities gathered at the Surrey Arts Centre to honour and celebrate 2012 Surrey Civic Treasure Award recipients.

City Receives Community Funding Toward a New Arts Space

October 02, 2012 - City of Surrey Council received $250,000 from the South Surrey White Rock Arts Society (SSWRAS) during a cheque presentation as part of the City’s Regular Council Meeting held October 1, 2012. The funds will complement a $ 2.1 cultural development project funded under the City’s Build Surrey program to create a new arts space in South Surrey.

City Launches ArtWalk App

September 25, 2012 - The City of Surrey's ArtWalk app supports a walking tour that leads visitors through parks, plazas, and tree lined streets to reveal 11 public artworks among the new landscape and architecture of Surrey’s exciting City Centre. QR Codes on the signs for the artworks direct smart phone users to the app, or you can find it on iTunes or from the City’s website.

Surrey to Build Largest Organics Biofuel Facility in Canada

September 20, 2012 - The City of Surrey and the Federal Government announced today a public-private partnership to build a new organics biofuel facility in Surrey.

City of Surrey Awarded for Sustainable Development

September 19, 2012 - The City of Surrey is being honoured for outstanding contributions to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada, and will be presented tonight with a 2013 Clean50 award.

Surrey Unveils New Tool to Enhance Public Safety

September 13, 2012 - The City of Surrey unveiled a new state-of-the-art Mobile Incident Command Post today which will provide on-site support for fire, police and engineering emergencies.

City to Open 14 new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

September 12, 2012 - The City of Surrey has received a $56,000 grant from the Provincial Government to help build 14 new level-two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Surrey Joins the Challenge to Become the 'Global Earth Hour Capital'

September 12, 2012 - The City of Surrey has committed to dramatically increasing its use of renewable energy in an effort to become the ‘Global Earth Hour Capital’.

Construction Begins on Two New Indoor Pool Complexes

September 11, 2012 - The City of Surrey is beginning construction on the new Grandview Heights and Guildford pools in order to meet the growing aquatic recreation, exercise and sport needs of the community.

Surrey Ranked One of Canada’s Strongest Real Estate Investment Cities

August 21, 2012 - Business Review Canada has named the City of Surrey one of the top five real estate investment cities in Canada.

Kensington Prairie Community Centre Wins BC Award of Excellence

August 06, 2012 - The City of Surrey has won a 2012 Heritage BC Award for Outstanding Achievement, its highest honour, for the project to convert, rehabilitate and restore the former Kensington Prairie Elementary School.

Surrey Expands & Enhances Cycling Network

July 23, 2012 - The City of Surrey will complete over 70 actions for change in order to create a more cycling-friendly community. A new comprehensive Cycling Plan will be unveiled at Council tonight which is focused around four key principles.

Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts

July 23, 2012 - The future of Surrey is the topic of discussion this week as the City hosts its first live online question and answer session. ‘Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts’ will be livestreamed on the City’s website and citizens will have the opportunity to pose questions via email, Twitter and Facebook.

City to Host First Ever Community Summit

July 23, 2012 - The City of Surrey will host its first ever Community Summit, which will be designed to connect the people and places of Surrey, Mayor Dianne Watts announced today.

Headliners Announced for Fifth Annual Surrey Fusion Festival

July 18, 2012 - The City of Surrey in collaboration with Coast Capital Savings is holding BC’s largest multicultural celebration, Surrey Fusion Festival, commencing this weekend (July 21st & 22nd 2012) at Holland Park. Last year’s event was a tremendous success with over 90,000 people in attendance.


July 13, 2012 - Back by popular demand, PARKit has returned to the heart of City Centre! The pop-up urban park transforms unused car spaces into vibrant people places.

Community Takes Action to End Poverty in Surrey

July 09, 2012 - The City of Surrey, in partnership with Vibrant Surrey and a host of community organizations launched the new Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan today, a practical and specific set of recommended actions designed to eradicate poverty in Surrey.

Banding Together Against Domestic Violence

July 06, 2012 - The Surrey community spoke out against domestic abuse today with the launch of the annual Rakhi Project, a Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy initiative designed to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Surrey Gears Up for Biggest Canada Day Celebration Ever

June 27, 2012 - The City of Surrey's Canada Day celebration, the largest in western Canada, is set to be better than ever this year.

Surrey Considers New Approach to Tackling Wire Theft

June 25, 2012 - The City of Surrey is considering replacing all the copper street light wire in Surrey with aluminum wire in an effort to crack down on wire theft.

All New Gas Stations to Include Alternative Fuel Infrastructure

June 25, 2012 - Surrey City Council is moving forward on a new by-law which would require all new gas stations to include alternative fuel sources such as a level-three electric vehicle charging station, compressed natural gas, hydrogen or propane.

Creating a World-Class Environment for Early Childhood Development

June 15, 2012 - The City of Surrey has the opportunity to be a model community for providing world-class services for the city’s youngest children, according to a new report produced by IBM, as part of the Smarter Cities Challenge.

Grand Opening of the Water Playground at Unwin Park

June 11, 2012 - The community celebrated the official opening of the new Water Playground at Unwin Park on Saturday June 9.

City to Connect Communities with New Greenways Plan

June 11, 2012 - The City will expand the network of cycling and pedestrian paths in Surrey through a new Greenways Plan, which will be officially unveiled at tonight’s Council meeting.

Award-Winning Crime Reduction Strategy Lowers Crime and Helps Vulnerable Citizens

May 28, 2012 - The City of Surrey continues to develop effective programs and targeted outreach initiatives to increase community safety, according the 2011 Crime Reduction Strategy Annual Report, which will be officially unveiled at tonight’s Council meeting.

City Enhances Plan for Arts and Culture in Surrey

May 29, 2012 - The City of Surrey has a new and enhanced focus on arts, culture and heritage preservation following the adoption of two key strategic plans at last night’s Council meeting. The Surrey Cultural Plan and Surrey Public Art Plan will guide community planning and development, and are designed to create a more dynamic city.

Surrey Moves to Protect Rental Standards

May 29, 2012 - The City has endorsed a new by-law which will help protect the condition of rental properties in Surrey and provide a better dispute resolution process to deal with unsafe accommodation.

Surrey Welcomes New Police Chief

May 29, 2012 - Mayor Dianne Watts and City Council are welcoming Supt. Bill Fordy as the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP Detachment, the largest RCMP detachment in the country.

City of Surrey Joins Forces with IBM

May 25, 2012 - A team of IBM experts have arrived in Surrey for a three-week research project focussing on community health, youth and early childhood development. As part of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, the team will analyze and offer recommendations on how Surrey can improve growth strategies, service delivery, community engagement, and efficiencies.

FCM’s Green Municipal Fund Supports City of Surrey’s Climate Action Strategy

May 24, 2012 - Berry Vrbanovic, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ontario, and Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood–Port Kells, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) grant for the City of Surrey. The City will use the $165,000 to develop a new Community Climate Action Strategy.

Doors Open for Surrey's Newest Cultural Event

May 22, 2012 - Over 30 venues from City Centre to Newton will be open to the public with free admission for the day.

Surrey Welcomes Rick Hansen Relay

May 17, 2012 - The City of Surrey is hosting a free community event to help welcome and support the Rick Hansen Many in Motion Relay Tour as it passes through the City.

Recreation Centre Earns Distinctive Facility Excellence Award

May 11, 2012 - The Cloverdale Recreation Centre has won a prestigious award for outstanding achievements in design development, facility concept, and operation. The City of Surrey received the ‘Award of Facility Excellence’ from the BC Recreation and Parks Association

Talented & Dedicated Surrey Youth Honoured at 17th Youth Recognition Awards

May 09, 2012 - Awards were handed out to talented and dedicated Surrey youth at the 17th Annual Youth Recognition Awards on Friday evening (May 4th). The event, held at the Surrey Arts Centre, honoured both 2012 Youth Recognition Awards recipients and City Jam 2012 award recipients.

City Raises Awareness About Substance Abuse

May 08, 2012 - The City of Surrey proclaimed May 27 – June 2 as Substance Use Awareness Week during last night’s Council meeting. The week will include a variety of events designed to increase public awareness about signs and symptoms of substance use, and supply resources on how to get help.

Sam Roberts to Headline Surrey Canada Day Celebration

May 07, 2012 - Coast Capital Savings and City of Surrey are proud to present Surrey Canada Day 2012. This event has grown to become the largest Canada Day celebration in Western Canada with attendance last year surpassing 100,000 people.

Surrey Welcomes Sir Richard Branson to 2012 Economic Summit

May 07, 2012 - Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts today announced that international entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Surrey Regional Economic Summit on October 4, 2012.

51 More Shade Trees for Surrey in Celebration of Arbor Day

May 06, 2012 - Shade-seekers will particularly enjoy summer at Royal Kwantlen Park this year as 51 more shade trees were planted in commemoration of Arbor Day. Upwards of 400 Surrey residents came out to Surrey’s annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday to help with the planting.

Community Celebrates Grand Opening of Expanded Fraser Heights Recreation Centre

May 06, 2012 - The community celebrated the official opening of the newly renovated and expanded Fraser Heights Recreation Centre on Saturday, May 5th.

Youth Engage Youth to Shape Future of Surrey

April 27, 2012 - Surrey high school students are taking part in a unique forum on Monday to provide feedback on City initiatives, network with other young people, and enhance leadership skills.

Deb Jack Named Good Citizen of the Year!

April 26, 2012 - Mayor Dianne Watts and Surrey City Council presented Surrey’s Deb Jack with this year’s Good Citizen of the Year Award last night at the City’s annual volunteer services celebration. The event was established by Surrey City Council and honours committee volunteers for their hard work throughout the year.

City of Surrey Praised for Budget Reporting

April 26, 2012 - The C.D. Howe Institute has given the City of Surrey an ‘A’ in budget reporting, according to a study titled: Holding Canada’s Cities to Account: An Assessment of Municipal Fiscal Management. Mayor Dianne Watts spoke about the report and the importance of being open and accountable at this week’s Council meeting.

Surrey’s Vehicle Safety Initiative a Success

April 24, 2012 - Unsafe vehicles were removed from the road, stolen vehicles were recovered, and hundreds of safety violations were discovered during a joint truck check of vehicles in Surrey earlier this month.

City Launches Sustainability Dashboard to Demonstrate Openness & Accountability

April 23, 2012 - The City of Surrey is launching an innovative Sustainability Dashboard, an online platform to track and share the City’s progress toward sustainability. The Dashboard will go live on Friday, April 27 to coincide with Surrey’s major environmental celebration, the Party for the Planet.

Surrey Advances Vision, Goals and Objectives in Sustainability Charter

April 23, 2012 - In conjunction with numerous community partners, the City of Surrey continues to make progress on the objectives set out in its Sustainability Charter, according to a new progress report being released at tonight’s Council meeting.

Surrey Community Joins Forces to Reduce Poverty

April 23, 2012 - A new Surrey poverty reduction project is moving forward and will be completed in the coming months, according to a new report being presented to Council this evening. It’s called ‘this IS HOW WE END POVERTY IN SURREY’ and it will contain specific recommendations, goals and tasks on how the city can improve transportation, housing, income and support for low-income people.

PARKit! Surrey’s New Urban Pop Up Park

April 17, 2012 - PARKit! re-invents public spaces by transforming car spaces into people places. The temporary pop up park includes Astroturf covered platforms and furniture, a grassy area, plants, a deck area and a place for buskers, entertainment & food cart vendors.

Tamanawis Park Field House Funding Announcement

April 12, 2012 - The construction of the new Field house at Tamanawis Park got a $150,000 boost from a provincial government announcement today.

$150,000 to Help Sophie's Place

April 04, 2012 - The Provincial Government is providing $150,000 from the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Program to Sophie’s Place in Surrey, the region’s first child protection centre.

New RCMP Agreement for Surrey

April 02, 2012 - Surrey City Council will vote on a new Municipal Police Unit Agreement (MPUA) with the Provincial Government at tonight’s City Council meeting.

Surrey Wins Prestigious IBM Grant

March 15, 2012 - The City of Surrey is one of only two Canadian cities to win a $400,000 grant from IBM, which will provide access to IBM’s top experts who will analyze and offer recommendations on how Surrey can improve growth strategies, service delivery, community engagement, and efficiencies.

Shaping the Future of Surrey

March 13, 2012 - The City of Surrey will continue to shape growth, generate new economic activity, and complete the most comprehensive construction and investment program in the city’s history, announced Mayor Dianne Watts in her State of the City Address today.

Party for the Planet Earth Day Festival Announces Headline Performers

April 12, 2012 - The City of Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival has announced the return of B.C.’s largest Earth Day celebration on April 27-28 at Central City Plaza. Last year’s successful event was attended by over 10,000 people and was a fun family celebration of Surrey’s numerous green initiatives.

Surrey Police Chief Retires

March 06, 2012 - Mayor Dianne Watts and City Council would like to thank Assistant Commissioner Fraser MacRae, the Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP Detachment for his years of dedication to the City of Surrey. MacRae has announced that he is retiring from the police force after more than 35 years of service.

Surrey Offers Parks, Recreation and Culture Opportunities during BCTF Job Action

March 02, 2012 - Find information on activities offered by the City of Surrey during the BCTF Job Action.

Surrey Takes a Stand Against Bullying

February 29, 2012 - Surrey students were honoured at a special event today as Mayor Dianne Watts proclaimed Anti-bullying Day and presented the awards for Surrey’s first Anti-bullying film contest.

Surrey's Great Salmon Run to Showcase Salmon Stewardship

February 29, 2012 - Join us Saturday May 12, 2012 as runners take to the trails and paths of Tynehead Regional Park in North Surrey to help preserve and highlight the natural habitat for local salmon and trout.

Grand Opening of the Expanded Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre

February 16, 2012 - The community celebrated the official opening of the newly renovated and expanded Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre which will enhance and expand seniors’ programming in order to meet the growing demand.

City Applauds Move to Create B.C. Seniors' Advocate

February 15, 2012 - Mayor Dianne Watts is applauding the B.C. government’s decision to create an advocate to help improve care for seniors.

New Innovative Program Will Improve Mental Health Care

February 15, 2012 - Mayor Dianne Watts is optimistic a new Fraser Health program will help some of Surrey’s most vulnerable citizens get the specialized care they need.

City Creates New Waterfront Park

February 13, 2012 - Surrey is creating a new 12.25 acre park along the Parsons Channel on the Fraser River. The City acquired the forested property on Friday, which contains two fish-bearing creeks, and will create a trail system in the park and viewpoints overlooking the river.

Surrey Closer to Becoming 'Grow Op-Free City'

February 06, 2012 - The City of Surrey has seen an 82 per cent reduction in the number of marijuana grow operations in the city, and a dramatic decrease in residential fires associated with grow ops.

Prizes Announced for Anti-bullying Film Contest

January 30, 2012 - The students who produce the winning entries in Surrey’s Anti-bullying Film Contest will receive a host of unique prizes.

City Hosts Dialogue to Help Shape Surrey’s Energy Future

January 30, 2012 - Surrey is hosting an ENERGYShift panel and open house this week in order to engage the public on how the City can reduce energy consumption and advance sustainability in its operations and in the community. The forum will discuss issues such as transportation, housing and waste, and will help the City develop a new Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP).

City Moves Forward on New Performing Arts Centre

January 25, 2012 - The City is moving ahead with plans to build a new performing arts centre in City Centre, which will help transform the area into an energetic hub of entertainment and cultural activity. Bing Thom Architects has been selected as the architectural consultant for the project, and has begun the programming, site selection and conceptual siting.

Judges Announced for Anti-Bullying Film Contest

January 25, 2012 - Community leaders are joining in the fight to stop bullying by participating in the judging panel for Surrey’s anti-bullying film contest.

Public Artwork Concept Unveiled for New City Hall

January 17, 2012 - Surrey announced the City's latest proposed public art display, planned for the new City Hall. The project will feature a unique sculpture inspired by the theme of democracy. The artwork titled, "What We Can’t Do Alone, We Can Achieve Together" is being created by Studio Roso, an international team of artists.

Surrey First in B.C. to Introduce Waste Collection App

January 11, 2012 - The City of Surrey is the first municipality in B.C. to implement a new smart phone application to provide waste collection information and service reminders. The new app, called my-waste, will improve and simplify customer service, and is available as a free download for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices.

RCMP and City Launch New Anti-Bullying Campaign

January 09, 2012 - The Surrey RCMP, the City and CUPE 402 have joined forces to launch a new youth film contest designed to highlight the issue of bullying. Students are being invited to submit a 30-second or 1-minute video focusing on how or why we must put an end to bullying.