Learn more about the City's Civic Distinction Awards and how you can apply or nominate a resident, business or organization. 

The 2020 Civic Distinction Awards (formerly City Awards) are awards of excellence that acknowledge business and community leaders who have made a major contribution to the City of Surrey in their respective fields.  By recognizing their work, these awards foster a culture of excellence in Surrey and highlight the people and projects that are leading the way. The award winners will be announced in early December 2020.

These awards are held every four years and include the following Award Categories: Beautification and Enhancement Award, Design Award, Environmental Award, Heart Award, Arts and Heritage Award, Mayor’s Choice Award and Sport Tourism Award.

Nominate a Surrey resident, organization, group or business for an award of excellence and demonstrate your civic pride by recognizing outstanding projects that positively impact the City of Surrey.

Key Dates

  • Nominations open on September 15, 2020                           
  • Nominations close on October 16, 2020                 
  • Award Recipients announced in December 2020                                

Award Categories

Beautification and Enhancement Award

The Beautification and Enhancement Award recognizes outstanding contributions of individuals and groups who increase the vibrancy, safety, and connectedness of Surrey’s neighbourhoods through community building activities.

Beautification and Enhancement Award Overview

Nominate a Surrey resident, group, organization or business

For more information, please email neighbourhoodteam@surrey.ca  or call (604) 502-6028

Design Award

The Design Award recognizes the outstanding contributions in design of open spaces, public realms, urban design and public art. Areas of consideration include accessibility, sustainable design, form and character, quality of design and crime-prevention. There is a separate nomination form for each category.

Design Award Overview 


Residential (Small Scale): Innovative single family and ground-oriented townhouse developments in multiple building developments, i.e., including small lot single family, single family with coach houses, duplexes, live/work townhouses, stacked townhouses, and other compact forms of housing. 

Residential (Medium Scale): Apartment building and stacked townhouse complexes with predominantly residential use of up to six storeys

Residential (Large Scale): Apartment buildings of 7 storeys and higher with predominantly residential use, and large mixed-use projects containing more than 50% residential uses.

Commercial and Industrial: Industrial, office, warehouse, retail and related uses of any size or height, as well as mixed use projects containing predominantly non-residential uses. 

Institutional:  Projects for any level of government, public agency, educational or health authority, religious institution or Crown Corporation e.g. recreation or community centres, schools, health care, government agencies, religious, non-profit, etc.

Landscape, Public Space and Infrastructure:  Public or publicly accessible open space, stand-alone or as part of a larger development, i.e., park, plaza, amenity area, courtyard; may be privately or publicly funded.  Landscape design, including both natural (soft) and constructed (hard) elements.

Renovation and Adaptive Re-Use: The interior or exterior renovation of a structure at least 25 years old. 

Interiors: Non-residential interior spaces for any size or type of building, provided there is at least occasional public access.

Public Art: Original site-specific artwork commissioned and installed in a highly visible location as part of a private development and designed to positively contribute to place-making and the City’s character.

Nominate a Design Project 

For more information, please email designaward@surrey.ca or call (604) 591-4501

Environmental Award

The Environmental Award recognizes outstanding contributions in environmental action, such as people and individuals who ‘go beyond’ to enhance Surrey’s natural environment and projects that inspire and inform, creating awareness as they related to environmental action or environmental issues of concern. Award categories include: Outstanding Individual, Community Group (neighbourhood or non-profit); and Outstanding Business. 

Environmental Award Overview

Nominate a Surrey resident, group, organization or business 

For more information, please email environmentalaward@surrey.ca or call (604) 591-4691

Heart Award

The Heart Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations who are promoting the social well-being of Surrey residents by supporting vulnerable populations and strengthening the community. Award categories include: Group, Individual and Lifetime Achievement.

Heart Award Overview

Nominate a Surrey resident, group, organization or business 

For more information, please email heartaward@surrey.ca or call (604) 591-4744

Arts and Heritage Award

The Arts and Heritage recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups or organizations for preserving, interpreting or promoting Surrey heritage and arts.  Award categories include categories for both heritage and art projects with particular consideration given to the promotion of culture and cultural diversity in Surrey.

Award categories include: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Hertiage Education and Awareness, Heritage Preservation and Legacy Heritage Business. 

Arts and Heritage Award Overview 

Nominate a Surrey resident, group, organization or business 

For more information, please email heritageandart@surrey.ca or call (604) 502-6460

Mayor’s Choice Award

The Mayor’s Choice Award is an award category with criteria that change for each Civic Distinction Awards, in order to recognize a campaign or initiative that is important to the Mayor in the award year.  This year’s Mayor’s Choice Award celebrates and recognizes outstanding projects and groups that participated in the Love Where you Live initiative; an initiative to clean up and beautify the City of Surrey.

Award categories include: Clean up and Litter Reduction, Beautification and Enhancement Project (Individual) and Beautification and Enhancement Projects (Group/Organization). 

Mayor’s Choice Award Overview 

Nominate a Surrey resident, group, organization or business 

For more information, please email lovewhereyoulive@surrey.ca.or call (604) 591-4014

Sport Tourism Award

The Sport Tourism Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups through the hosting of a Sporting Event have made significant contributions to the tourism industry of Surrey.  Particular consideration given to sport tournaments that have brough considerable recognition to the City of Surrey and economic impact. Award categories include: Regional/Provincial Event and National/International Event. 

Sport Tourism Award Overview 

Nominate a Surrey resident or group 

For more information, please email sporttourismaward@surrey.ca or call (604) 591-4822

Past Award Winners

View past award winners 

Note: Nominations can also be received in hard copy at City Hall. When dropping off nomination packages, please address the envelope to Karin Pasqua, Park, Recreation and Culture.