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2019 News Releases

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival is Bigger and Brighter Than Ever

November 13, 2019 - Free family event offers new light displays and Youth Dance Showcase feature.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week: Prevent CO Build Up in Your Home

November 4, 2019 - British Columbia’s first ever Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1 to 7 this year.

Seven Hundred School Children Lead Park Beautification Event to Wrap-up Love Where you Live Campaign

October 24, 2019 - Love Where You Live called on residents to get involved in keeping Surrey clean and welcoming.

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival Returns to Civic Plaza to Kick Off the Holiday Season

October 23, 2019 - Canadian pop singer Begonia will headline the Main Stage after the tree lighting at 6:30 pm.

Jumpstart Playground Officially Opens in Surrey’s Unwin Park

October 8, 2019 - Celebration brings community together to experience new inclusive playground.

City of Surrey Marks National Seniors Day by Celebrating Notable Increase in Seniors Recreation

October 1, 2019 - As an Age Friendly City, Surrey has a variety of recreational opportunities for seniors.

New North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex Hosts First Public Skate

September 30, 2019 - The City and Mayor officially announce the launch of drop-in skate programming at the new arena.

City of Surrey Honours Orange Shirt Day

September 26, 2019 - Surrey & the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee honoured Orange Shirt Day at City Hall.

One of BC’s First Female Fire Fighters Retires After 27 Years With The Surrey Fire Service

September 24, 2019 - Nancy Innes joined the Surrey Fire Service in 1992 and rose to the rank of Fire Suppression Captain.

Len Garis Awarded Fire Chief Researcher of the Year

September 17, 2019 - The award recognizes evidence-based decision making to further improve service to the community.

Surrey Police Transition Pension Issue Resolved

September 4, 2019 - An agreement has been formalized that will allow RCMP officers to fully transfer their pensions.

Joint Statement from Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

August 22, 2019 - Green light given to establish Surrey’s municipal police department.

The City of Surrey Advances Accessibility with Two New Initiatives

August 13, 2019 - Museum of Surrey launches sensory friendly hours & Surrey Fire Services introduces sensory kits

Surrey Youth Team Up to Enhance Chantrell Creek Park

August 6, 2019 - Surrey’s youth are out in full force removing invasive plants and improving beaver protection areas.

Komagata Maru Way Street Signs Officially Unveiled

July 31, 2019 - Council approved the commemorative naming to remember the victims of the Komagata Maru incident.

City of Surrey Launches Two New Water Safety Initiatives Ahead of BC Day Long Weekend

July 30, 2019 - Free life jacket rental program and city-wide life jacket fitting assessment program to run.

Fleetwood Business Improvement Association Launches Resourcing and Programs During Surrey’s Love Where You Live Initiative

July 23, 2018 - Fleetwood Business Improvement Association kick off their announcement with a community clean-up.

Interim Police Transition Advisory Committee Members Appointed

July 23, 2019 - Mayor appointed members of the Interim Police Transition Advisory Committee at Council Meeting.

Surrey Fusion Festival Celebrates Multiculturalism at 12th Annual Event

July 22, 2019 - The two-day festival featured over 50 cultural pavilions and seven stages of entertainment.

City of Surrey and FortisBC Reveal Energy Savings Achieved Through Recent Projects

July 12, 2019 - Nine energy-efficient installations were made in Surrey, resulting in cost & emission reductions.

Ground-Breaking on New Jumpstart Playground

July 10, 2019 - Accessible design aims to level the playing field – and the playground – at Surrey’s Unwin Park.

Surrey Fusion Festival Expands Line Up with K’NAAN and Alex Cuba

July 10, 2019 - Organizers release full festival schedule.

City Council Renames Surrey Street to Commemorate Komagata Maru Victims

July 9, 2019 - Commemorative signs to be installed on 75A Avenue between 120 Street and 121A Street.

Youth Hip-Hop and Break-Dance Groups Gather in Civic Plaza for Surrey’s First Street Dance Showcase

July 2, 2019 - Over 70 youth gathered for the event, which featured a live DJ and prizes for best performances.

Thousands Attend Surrey Canada Day to Celebrate National Pride

July 2, 2019 - Attendees enjoyed Canada’s birthday with Canadian rock artists Our Lady Peace and Bif Naked.

Surrey City Council Cancels Concord Parking Enforcement Services

June 25, 2019 - Bylaws staff will take over parking enforcement duties effective October 1st.

Overwhelming Citizen Support for Surrey Police Department

June 24, 2019 - Public engagement process concludes for the planned transition to a Surrey Police Department.

Surrey Opens New West Village Energy Centre and Park

June 20, 2019 - The state-of-the-art centre will be an integral part in improving energy efficiency in City Centre.

Play Surrey Contest Winners Announced

June 13, 2019 - Winners will perform on the Maple Leaf Stage at Canada Day and Fusion Festival.

New Fire Chief Announced for City of Surrey

June 12, 2019 - Deputy Fire Chief, Larry Thomas has been promoted to Surrey’s Fire Chief as of July 1, 2019.

Potential Solutions for the Opioid Crisis Explored at Ground-breaking Surrey Summit

June 10, 2019 - The City of Surrey Opioid Summit: From Data to Action brought together more than 60 experts.

Surrey Fusion Festival Celebrates Africa

June 10, 2019 - The new Celebrate Africa zone will celebrate the continent’s history, music, dance and cuisine.

Surrey Canada Day Expands with a Lineup of New Attractions

June 5, 2019 - This free annual event returns to the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale on July 1.

Surrey to Host 2019 Canada Skateboard National Event Series

June 5, 2019 - Tournament to host Canada’s top skateboarders with special guest judge

Federal Minister of Public Safety Commits to Orderly Transition and Cost-Sharing in Surrey Policing Transition

June 4, 2019 - Honourable Ralph Goodale has expressed his willingness to cooperate in an orderly police transition.

Full release of Surrey Policing Transition Report

June 3, 2019 - The full Surrey Policing Transition Report is now publicly available.

Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association Cleans up City Centre

May 31, 2019 - Local organizations came together to participate in Surrey’s Love Where You Live initiative.

Surrey Doors Open Provides a Behind-the-Scenes Experience at Civic Venues Across the City

May 31, 2019 - The 8th annual Surrey Doors Open event will take place at 27 venues across the city on June 8th.

School Children Release Hundreds of Butterflies at Surrey Centre Cemetery

May 29, 2018 - AJ McLellan Elementary School students participated in the 7th annual Butterfly Release Celebration.

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre Receives Highest Certification from Rick Hansen Foundation

May 28, 2019 - City unveils British Columbia’s first aquatic sensory friendly space.

Healthy Active Aging the Focus of BC Seniors Week Celebration in Surrey

May 28, 2019 - BC Seniors Week celebrations taking place in City of Surrey recreation facilities June 4 to June 7.

Surrey Policing Transition Report Completed

May 22, 2019 - The report has been delivered to the provincial government for review and approval.

Seven Influential Youth Recognized at the 9th Annual SASSY Awards

May 13, 2019 - Service Above Self Surrey Youth (SASSY) Awards were presented on May 9 to honour these local youth.

Outdoor Burning Ban Issued

May 13, 2019 - Effective immediately, open burning of any kind is banned in the city.

Love Where You Live – and Learn!

May 11, 2019 - Mayor Doug McCallum joins Walnut Road Elementary students for a school clean-up event.

Play Surrey Contest is Now Open

May 10, 2019 - Local musicians can win performances on the Maple Leaf Stage at Surrey Canada Day & Fusion Festival.

Surrey Fusion Festival Announces International Headliners

May 8, 2019 - 2Baba and Sharry Mann will perform at 12th annual event.

Mayor Doug McCallum’s 2019 State of the City Address

May 7, 2019 - Highlights Mayor's commitment to ensuring promises made to the voters of Surrey are kept.

Surrey Launches Love Where You Live Initiative with City-Wide Staff Clean Up

May 6, 2019 - Campaign calls for everyone to do their part in keeping Surrey clean and beautiful.

Surrey Receives Honours at British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association Excellence Awards

May 3, 2019 - City of Surrey received two awards in recreation and parks leadership.

Our Lady Peace to Headline Surrey Canada Day 2019 with Support from Bif Naked

May 1, 2019 - The annual event will return on Monday, July 1 at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Brings Inclusive Play to Surrey’s Unwin Park

April 30, 2019 - The playground structure will be a gift as part of the Charity’s ‘Play Finds A Way’ movement.

Surrey Celebrates BC Youth Week with Free Activities and Events

April 24, 2019 - BC Youth Week is designed to strengthen and build connections between youth and their communities.

Surrey Art Gallery Wins National Award in Education

April 18, 2019 - Award specifically recognizes Indigenous contemporary art education and engagement.

New Live Green World Attracts Crowds at 2019 Party for the Planet

April 15, 2019 - Ninth annual Earth Day celebration at Civic Plaza, inspiring thousands to live more sustainably.

Five Reasons to Send Your Child to Day Camp This Summer

April 9, 2019 - City of Surrey offers over 150 summer camps ranging from cooking and robotics, to art and sports.

Surrey Releases 2019 Party for the Planet Performance Schedule

April 3, 2019 - Event will feature live music and over 70 environmentally friendly exhibitors and vendors.

Active Aging Resource Fair Encourages Seniors to Live Life to the Fullest

March 18, 2019 - The third annual Active Aging Resource Fair to be held Saturday, March 23 at Guildford Rec Centre.

City of Vancouver and City of Surrey are in it to Win it!

March 7, 2019 - Joint proposal submitted for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.

Surrey’s Party for the Planet Celebrates Earth Day with New Live Green World

March 6, 2019 - Surrey to host ninth annual Party for the Planet, BC’s largest Earth Day celebration on April 13.

Surrey to Host 2019 Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam Presented by YVR

March 4, 2019 - Tournament hosts athletes from around the world who are blind or visually impaired.

City of Surrey Selected as One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

March 1, 2019 - The City was selected based on initiatives offered to create a more inclusive & respectful workplace

Business Licence Rescinded After Police Search Uncovers Firearm and Stolen Property on Premises

February 28, 2019 - The action was taken after a recent investigation by Surrey RCMP.

Moving Forward with the Task Force on Truck Parking

February 28, 2019 - Task Force to develop options and implement solutions for authorized commercial truck parking.

Surrey Names Park in Honour of African American Settler

February 26, 2019 - Henry Houston Scott Park honours of one of the first African American families to settle in the area

City of Surrey Launches Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan

February 8, 2019 - The new Safe Mobility Plan sets the City on a path to zero fatalities and serious injuries.

Experience a Driverless Shuttle in Your Community

February 4, 2019 - ELA Visits Surrey and Vancouver as part of the Smart Cities Challenge

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum

February 3, 2019 - I want to thank the men and women of Surrey RCMP and commend the work they have done in bringing the Scott Road SkyTrain Station shooting suspect into custody.

Surrey Receives Community Funding Towards Wildlife Viewing Platform

February 1, 2019 - Port Kells Community Association presents cheque at Annual General Meeting.

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum

January 31, 2019 - I am glad and heartened to hear that Constable Josh Harms has been released from hospital.

Mayor McCallum Advances Municipal Priorities with the Federal Government

January 28, 2019 - Big Cities Mayors’ Caucus highlighted the needs of municipalities.

Government of Canada Provides Support to At-risk Youth in Surrey to Create Safer Communities

January 22, 2019 - The Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment (SAFE) Program will help youth build positive relationships.

City of Surrey Selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People

January 18, 2019 - Surrey has been chosen for eight consecutive years & is the only BC municipality recognized in 2019

Mission: Possible Western Canada’s Largest Pop-up Escape Room Comes to Surrey

January 14, 2019 - Residents across Metro Vancouver are invited to tackle Mission: Possible at Surrey Civic Plaza.

Surrey Fusion Festival Wins Special Events Magazine Award for “Best Festival”

January 11, 2019 - Awards Gala recognizes international industry excellence in special events