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Government of Canada Invests in Arts, Heritage and Culture in the City of Surrey

Canada Heritage Funding

February 3, 2017

Surrey, BC –More than $800,000 in Federal Funds were invested in Surrey Art, Heritage and Cultural projects. The announcement took place at the Surrey Museum, alongside members of Surrey’s cultural community.

"On behalf of Surrey City Council, I would like to applaud and commend the significant investment the Department of Canadian Heritage is making in Surrey,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “This funding will allow us to remediate the oldest schoolhouse in Surrey, upgrade our Museum, properly conserve our art exhibits and expand the largest multicultural celebration in British Columbia, Fusion Fest. My sincere thanks to our federal partners for working with us to preserve, celebrate and enhance Surrey’s rich cultural heritage.”

John Aldag, Member of Parliament (Cloverdale–Langley City), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced funding of $627,269 in cultural infrastructure and $195,000 in Canada 150 support for the City of Surrey. Mr. Aldag made this announcement along with his colleagues Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal, MP for Surrey–Newton, Mr. Ken Hardie, MP Fleetwood–Port Kells and Randeep Sarai, MP for Surrey Centre.

Owned and managed by the City of Surrey, the Surrey Museum occupies a 24,000-square-foot facility that was purpose-built in 2005. The City plans to enhance the Museum’s current footprint with an expansion that will be completed in 2018. The $377,269 funding from the Cultural Spaces Canada Fund support the first phase of the expansion, including comprehensive architectural design, interior design and engineering design services, and demolition and ground-breaking activities.

Two additional projects received funding from the Cultural Spaces Canada Fund, the Anniedale School and the Surrey Art Gallery . $100,000 is being provided for the remediation of the Anniedale School.  Built in 1891, it is the oldest surviving one-room schoolhouse in Surrey. Funding will support construction of a new foundation for the school building, removal of hazardous materials, improvements to accessibility, and updates to alarm and safety systems.

The Surrey Art Gallery, located inside the Surrey Arts Centre, was established in 1975. It is the second largest art gallery in Metro Vancouver. $150,000 in funding will support the replacement the HVAC system in the Gallery, allowing it to meet national heat and humidity standards for conservation.

Finally, an allocation from the Canada 150 Fund will go towards the Surrey Fusion Festival, an annual two-day festival and the largest multicultural gathering of its kind in Western Canada. Funding will support a Canada 150 Zone at the festival, featuring historical and educational programming, local and headline entertainment, Indigenous dance and drum-making workshops, storytelling, children’s activities and more.

Further information on the programs and facilities mentioned can be found here: