2014 News Releases
BC Government approves Mayors’ Council recommendations on Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite
December 18, 2014 - The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation received encouraging support from the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure today, approving changes requested by Metro Vancouver Mayors to the Transportation and Transit Plebiscite scheduled for spring 2015.
December 17, 2014 - The Department of Canadian Heritage announced yesterday that the Surrey International Children’s Festival will receive $98,000 from its Canadian Arts Presentation Fund over the next two years in support of the Festival and its goal of “inspiring young hearts and minds” through performing and visual arts experiences for children.
December 16, 2014 - Surrey City Council approved the 2015 budget at last night’s Council meeting. Recreation, Culture and Public Safety are key priorities that feature prominently in the budget.
December 16, 2014 - Iris Solutions has been selected as the preferred proponent by the City of Surrey to finalize an agreement to design, build, partially finance, maintain and operate the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility project.
December 11, 2014 - Mayors’ Council proposes referendum question to cut congestion, improve bus, rail and road network
December 11, 2014 - Surrey Fire Service is reminding residents to take extra safety precautions this winter in the wake of new data that shows fires are more likely to occur when the weather is cold.
December 8, 2014 - Linda Hepner was sworn in as the Mayor of Surrey at the Inaugural Council meeting in Council Chambers at Surrey City Hall this evening in front of an audience of 400 people.
December 4, 2014 - The City of Surrey has received a grant of $25,000 from the RBC Learn to Play Project to expand the city’s “I AM Game” initiative. The cheque was presented at the RBC Sports Day in Canada event on November 29th held at the Guildford Recreation Centre.
November 24, 2014 - The City of Surrey's annual Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, kicked-off the holiday season in style on Saturday at Surrey’s City Hall Plaza. Spirits were high as thousands of festival-goers came out to take part in the family event.
November 19, 2014 - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced the winners of its 2015 Sustainable Communities Awards, recognizing innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water.
November 4, 2014 - The City of Surrey's annual Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, will take place on Saturday, November 22nd at City Hall Plaza; this year’s festival welcomes headliner, Alyssa Reid.
October 30, 2014 - The City of Surrey has taken a positive step forward in securing federal funding for Light Rapid Transit.
October 29, 2014 - During the Halloween season first responders see a spike in the number of fireworks related injuries and structure fires. In an effort to reduce these types of incidents, City of Surrey By-Law Enforcement and Surrey RCMP have been busy targeting illegal sales of fireworks and firecrackers.
October 28, 2014 - The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has named the City of Surrey as one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2015. As one of the 21 semi-finalists selected from more than 300 nominations, Surrey is now in contention for the prestigious designation of ‘Intelligent Community of the Year’.
October 23, 2014 - The City of Surrey presented City Awards to some of the City’s outstanding individuals and organizations for their hard work in shaping Surrey as a city of the future.
October 24, 2014 - Here are some simple safety precautions from the City of Surrey Fire Services, RCMP and By-laws that will help ensure a night of safe fun for your family and trick-or-treaters.
October 21, 2014 - Among the 17 Metro Vancouver municipalities compared in a new study by the Fraser Institute, the City of Surrey was found to have the lowest taxes and municipal spending per person.
October 21, 2014 - On Saturday, residents of Surrey’s Douglas neighbourhood celebrated the opening of a new park on in their community; Dufferin Park, named for the historic street name of 2nd avenue “Dufferin Road”, is 2.8 hectares (7 acres) in size and is next to the site of a future elementary school.
October 21, 2014 - At the bequest of its founder, Francisca Darts, a $4 million endowment has been established to sustain Surrey’s Darts Hill Garden Park in perpetuity. The endowment, announced Saturday at Darts Hill Garden, has been designated as part of the late Mrs. Darts’ estate.
October 21, 2014 - The latest quarterly update shows that voluntary By-law compliance continues to remain in excess of 90%.
October 14, 2014 - More RCMP Officers added, High Risk Location Initiative results in over 500 arrests and more than 110 problem recovery homes shut down.
October 9, 2014 - Two significant projects launched today in Surrey is further evidence of the City’s transformation into Canada’s innovation gateway.
October 8, 2014 - Surrey’s cultural and business community gathered yesterday evening at the 11th Annual Business & the Arts Reception & Surrey Civic Treasures Award Ceremony to honour and celebrate outstanding contributors to Surrey’s cultural sector.
September 30, 2014 - The City of Surrey, in partnership with Shaw Communications Inc., will be providing City Wide Wi-Fi service coverage at all recreation centres and at a number of parks, civic buildings and public spaces.
September 26, 2014 - A collective ‘ah’ was heard at Surrey City Hall during the BC launch of national Culture Days when the City of Surrey unveiled its new marketing brand for Arts and Heritage (AH).
September 24, 2014 - On July 16, 2014 the City of Surrey, BC implemented a Burning Ban in conjunction with Wildfire Management Branch.
September 22, 2014 - Members of the community joined Councillor Judy Villeneuve on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the revitalization of Newton’s Frank Hurt Park and unveil public art, Eagle Calling, by local artist, Robert Davidson.
September 10, 2014 - A new six-lane interchange was unveiled today along Hwy 99 and 16th Ave.
September 9, 2014 - The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society has donated $15,000 to support education about elder abuse and neglect in Surrey.
September 9, 2014 - The City of Surrey is launching a new mobile service application which acts as a portal for all new and existing City apps.
September 9, 2014 - The City of Surrey launched its open data program today as part of its commitment to an open, transparent and accessible government.
September 9, 2014 - The City of Surrey’s top police officer, Chief Superintendent W.C. (Bill) Fordy awarded the Order of Merit medal.
September 4, 2014 - The City of Surrey is offering daycamps to support parents and children during the ongoing Teachers' Strike.
August 19, 2014 - Surrey’s newly formed “Local Immigration Partnership” (LIP) Council has appointed Surrey Councillor Judy Villeneuve and Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman as its co-chairs for the 2014-2016 term. The LIP Council has been tasked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to develop a strategy to strengthen the role of local communities in integrating newcomers.
August 14, 2014 - The precautionary boil water advisory issued by City of Surrey and Fraser Health to residents and businesses in the Cloverdale area has been lifted.
August 14, 2014 - Yesterday at approximately 3:50 PM a major water main that feeds to the Cloverdale area broke in the 176 Street and 6800 block. City crews isolated the section of main which led to the problem and subsequently provided service through alternate feeds to the area.
July 28, 2014 - On Saturday, residents celebrated of the opening of West Newton Community Park, a new 3.5 hectare community space featuring a playground, walking loops, park shelters, and Surrey’s first cricket field with natural grass wickets.
July 24, 2014 - In the latest progress report of the Surrey Sustainability Charter, the City continues to make significant strides in meeting its goals
July 21, 2014 - A record 41 different cultural pavilions were at the 2014 Surrey Fusion Festival this past weekend, up from last year’s 36. Over 90,000 residents and visitors enjoyed food, entertainment and culture in Surrey’s Holland Park at what is BC’s largest multicultural event.
Surrey's new biodiversity conversation strategy ensures City's green infrastructure and ecosystems are preserved
July 22, 2014 - The City of Surrey’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, endorsed by Council at last night’s meeting, recognizes the City’s biodiversity as a key foundation of a healthy, livable and sustainable community.
July 22, 2014 - Upon investigation by By-law Officers, the voluntary compliance in the City of Surrey continues to remain at a high rate. Between April 1st and June 30th, the By-law Enforcement Division reports a voluntary compliance rate of 95%. This is an increase from the voluntary compliance rate of 90% reported in the first quarter of 2014.
July 21, 2014 - City’s Crime Reduction Strategy continues to contribute to increased public safety in Surrey.
July 16, 2014 - Wildfire Management Branch has banned open burning in the Coastal Fire Region due to drying weather conditions.
July 14, 2014 - Since the inception of the Mayor’s Task Force on Crime, 103 problem unregulated Recovery Homes are no longer in operation in the City of Surrey and another 62 unregulated Recovery Homes are currently under investigation.
July 14, 2014 - A new Surrey app to help streamline resident requests for service and information is now available for download on smartphones.
July 8, 2014 - The City of Surrey released its ‘Smart Surrey Strategy’ today; this Strategy will serve as a guide for how technology and innovation are considered in decisions made for existing and future City plans, programs and infrastructure.
July 2, 2014 - Surrey’s 2014 Canada Day celebration, presented by Coast Capital Savings, welcomed a record-breaking 120,000 attendees at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale on Tuesday.
June 25, 2014 - The west Newton community celebrated the official opening of its newly expanded and redeveloped Panorama Park today. The park is 3.5 acres and features a neighbourhood dog off-leash area, a tot playground, a bike track, and an open grass area, which can be used for picnicking during the summer and also provide an option for the school to run activities with children in a natural environment.
June 25, 2014 - Dog owners and individuals who leave their dogs in hot vehicles or loose in the back of pickup trucks can now be fined $500 for those offenses.
June 24, 2014 - Inspired by Doors Open events held around the world, thousands of Surrey residents attended the 3rd annual Doors Open event held on Saturday. 48 sites around City Centre, Bear Creek, Newton and Cloverdale, opened their doors to welcome visitors who became tourists in their own city and explored Surrey’s rich culture, history, art and architecture.
June 23, 2014 - The City of Surrey officially opened its new youth park in Cloverdale with approximately 400 youth and families in attendance. The park is one of Canada's few covered youth parks and features an action sports plaza and bowl, a multi-purpose ball court and an outdoor social area.
The Harper Government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) support the City of Surrey’s electric vehicle fleet pilot project
June 20, 2014 - Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, along with Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Raymond Louie, FCM first vice-president, chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council, and a member of Vancouver City Council, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant for the City of Surrey.
June 20, 2014 - A landmark study has been launched between Surrey Innovation Boulevard, the Fraser Health Authority, the South Asian Health Institute and the Sagol Neuroscience Research Center of Sheba Medical from Israel.
June 19, 2014 - Green Timbers conservationists, Wady and Betty Lehmann, were honoured Wednesday afternoon with the naming of “Lehmann Grove” at the Surrey Nature Centre.
June 19, 2014 - As part of Child Care Month celebrations, the City of Surrey has been honoured with an award from the Provincial Government for demonstrating outstanding service to children and families.
June 17, 2014 - The City of Surrey continued to build community awareness around the issue of domestic abuse through its 2014 Rakhi Project, a Crime Reduction Strategy initiative with a “freeze mob” which took place today at the New City hall.
June 16, 2014 - Water Polo Canada has announced Surrey as the host city for three 2016 National Championship events.
Regional Transportation Plan will reduce congestion, address growth and increase transportation choices
June 12, 2014 - The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation unveiled its priorities for projects that will keep the Metro region moving over the next ten years and beyond.
June 11, 2014 - The City continues to expand and improve pedestrian safety and in particular safety for children around our schools with the addition of traffic signals, intersection improvements and pedestrian signal crossings at 17 new locations in Surrey.
June 11, 2014 - The City of Surrey celebrated World Ocean Day on Sunday, June 8 at Blackie Spit Park with a free community event hosted in partnership with the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society.
June 10, 2014 - Coast Capital Savings presents BC's largest multicultural celebration, Surrey Fusion Festival, at Holland Park on July 19 & 20, 2014.
June 4, 2014 - As part of its commitment to increasing youth engagement and input into municipal decision making, the City of Surrey has appointed 18 youth representatives to nine of its advisory committees.
June 3, 2014 - Surrey’s pop-up park is going ‘Gingham Style’ this summer. The classic concept of an outdoor picnic, inspired by the quintessential gingham checkered pattern has been awarded top spot in the City of Surrey’s 2014 PARKit Design Challenge.
May 29, 2014 - More than 350 students, parents and staff from Serpentine Elementary, biked, walked and rolled to school yesterday in celebration of Bike to School Week, May 26 – 30. Accompanied by City staff and police officers on bikes, the group paraded along 161 Street from the greenway to the school where breakfast was awaiting.
May 28, 2014 - Announcement of jury members made for NewCity Design Awards as part of City Awards.
May 27, 2014 - The City of Surrey is providing a variety of activities on Thursday May 29th in response to the BC Teachers’ Federation one-day strike.
May 27, 2014 - The City of Surrey adopted the Age-Friendly Strategy for Seniors at last night’s Council Meeting.
May 27, 2014 - The Green Surrey program, a key initiative in the Environmental Pillar of the City’s Sustainability Charter, has been adopted by Mayor and Council. A strong environmental vision is central to the development of the City of Surrey, and the Green Surrey program is an evolution of the City’s commitment to conservation, investment and engagement in the environment.
May 26, 2014 - The City of Surrey and Coast Capital Savings are proud to present Surrey Canada Day 2014.
May 21, 2014 - Are you unsure how to report graffiti, abandoned houses, dumping or damaged street signs? As part of our ongoing commitment to community connection and engagement, the City has created a new wallet size card with a variety of numbers listed.
City Invites the Community to Take Part in the Habit Change Challenge and Help Raise Awareness About Substance Use
May 20, 2014 - The City of Surrey’s fourth annual Substance Use Awareness Week (SUAW) is being held Sunday, May 25 – Saturday, May 31, 2014.
May 20, 2014 - The City of Surrey has been chosen to host the 2016 Creative City Summit, an annual meeting of over 200 thought leaders and influencers from across Canada’s arts sector who come together for this three-day event to exchange ideas and learn from their peers.
May 13, 2014 - Crown counsel, located in one of the province’s busiest justice centres, is moving into expanded work space, allowing its prosecutors to work with greater efficiency and contribute to a stronger court system.
May 12, 2014 - More than 1,000 residents joined in the celebration at the grand opening of South Surrey Recreation Centre’s new arts and fitness space on Saturday.
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April 30, 2014 - The City of Surrey and Modo The Car Co-op have partnered to offer carsharing as a viable transportation option in Surrey’s downtown core. Carsharing, a model of car rental where vehicles are booked by the hour or day, is part of a new City of Surrey program.
April 22, 2014 - The City of Surrey is calling for submissions for the 2014 City Awards Program – a family of awards introduced in 2011 to celebrate excellence in urban design and sustainable community development, beautification and heritage. Submissions for 2014 will be accepted beginning April 22nd through to June 23, 2014.
City Raises Awareness About Substance Use and Invites the Community to Take Part in the Habit Change Challenge
April 29, 2014 - The City of Surrey proclaimed May 25 – May 31 as Substance Use Awareness Week during last night’s Council meeting.
April 28, 2014 - About 20,000 people attended Saturday’s official grand opening of Surrey’s City Hall held as part of the City’s annual Party for the Planet festival.
April 23, 2014 - Despite a population increase of more than 80,000 people since 2005, there has been no significant increase in the overall number of homeless in the City of Surrey.
April 23, 2014 - At today’s Police Committee meeting, several recommendations came forward as a result of the update on the Mayor’s Task Force and the police service review which was initiated last October.
April 17, 2014 - City of Surrey Council approved two projects during Monday’s Council to commemorate the life and legacy of long-time resident and 2013 Surrey Good Citizen of the Year, Bill Reid who served the community for over fifty years until his passing in May 2013.
April 16, 2014 - Surrey City Council named Ron Meadley this year’s Good Citizen of the Year on Tuesday night at the City’s annual volunteer services celebration.
April 10, 2014 - The City of Surrey and special event co-producer John Donnelly & Associates have been selected as winners of 2014 National Star Awards for their collaborative work on two of Surrey’s major festivals.
April 8, 2014 - With a new sign by-law now in effect, the City is proactively reaching out to inform businesses and the community of opportunities and guidelines to improve signage across the City.
April 2, 2014 - The community of Guildford has received a provincial grant of over $16,000 to support programs that are preventative against youth involvement in crime.
March 26, 2014 - The City of Surrey today announced the development of a designated longboarding site within the South Surrey Athletic Park (14600 - 20 Avenue, Surrey) scheduled to open this year in late spring.
March 19, 2014 - Surrey’s state-of-the-art City Centre Library has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ‘Gold’ Certification
March 12, 2014 - Surrey City Council approved plans for the development of Hazelgrove Park at Monday evening’s Council meeting.
March 11, 2014 - Surrey City Council approved the final adoption of the Newton Business Improvement Area Bylaw at last evening’s Council Meeting; this adoption gives authorization to local property owners and business representatives currently operating as the Newton BIA Sponsorship Committee, to form a Newton Business Improvement Association (BIA).
March 11, 2014 - Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey announced today the return of its fourth annual Party for the Planet festival held jointly this year with the official opening of the City’s new City Hall and City Plaza on April 26th.
February 27, 2014 - Former Prime Ministers of Australia, Greece and Israel: Julia Gillard, George Papandreou, and Ehud Barak, respectively, joined legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist, T Boone Pickens, and business commentators from across the region today at the 2014 Surrey Regional Economic Summit.
February 28, 2014 - The City of Surrey has received a 2014 Sustainable Communities Award for its ‘Rethink Waste’ Collection Program from The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
February 25, 2014 - The City of Surrey reached a critical milestone today with the announcement of the three qualified teams shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process to deliver the Surrey Biofuel Processing Facility project.
February 25, 2014 - City Council approved recommendations yesterday evening to amend Surrey’s Nuisances Bylaw to allow Bylaw Officers to issue $250 tickets for nuisance related offenses; this will provide Bylaw Officers with greater latitude in enforcement than the existing Bylaw which does not provide a means to ticket nor allow for cost recovery on repeated incidents.
February 25, 2014 - Over the next three years, the City of Surrey is launching an initiative to prepare new plans for five of its six town centres: Newton, Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford and Semiahmoo (South Surrey).
Panellists Named for 2014 Surrey Regional Economic Summit’s Canada-European Union Free Trade Agreement Panel
February 19, 2014 - Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts today announced the members of the 2014 Surrey Regional Economic Summit’s Canada-European Union Free Trade Agreement panel, completing a line-up of 18 outstanding Surrey Summit panellists and speakers that includes Minister of Finance Michael de Jong, legendary Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, and former Prime Ministers Julia Gillard (Australia), George Papandreou (Greece) and Ehud Barak (Israel).
February 14, 2014 - Surrey’s new City Hall officially opens for business on Monday, February 17, 2014, at noon. The flagship building will serve as new city landmark in Surrey’s City Centre.
February 14, 2014 - With the release of the recommendations on the work of the Mayor’s Task Force on crime Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts promised that she would not rest until the job is done.
January 28, 2014 - As part of its commitment to increasing youth engagement and input into municipal decisions, the City of Surrey is recruiting youth representatives for each of eight (8) of its City-led committees.
January 22, 2014 - Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts today announced that Minister of Finance, Honourable Mike de Jong, will open the Surrey Regional Economic Summit on February 27, 2014. In addition to opening the Surrey Summit, Minister de Jong will highlight details of the February 18 BC Budget.
January 17, 2014 - The City of Surrey is one of 34 finalists from around the world to be recognized for impressive actions on climate change in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC); Surrey was selected as a finalist for its commitment to sustainability through its ‘Sustainability Charter’ which sets out a 50-year vision and plan for a more sustainable city.
January 13, 2014 - City of Surrey’s Fusion Festival was named the “Best Festival” at the annual Special Event Magazine Gala Awards competition