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Social Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC)

The purpose of the Social Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) is to provide advice to Council to enhance the social well-being of Surrey residents. The SPAC is formerly known as the Social Planning Advisory Committee.

Important Documents

SPAC Mandate

To advise and make recommendations to Council on policies, priorities, new initiatives and direction to maintain and improve the social well-being of Surrey residents.

  • To hear and respond to delegations by community groups, social service agencies and others and make recommendations to Council.
  • To advise and make recommendations to Council on the implementation of the Plan for the Social Well-Being of Surrey Residents.
  • To liaise, on behalf of Council, with public and private agencies including senior governments, to encourage the provision of programs and services for Surrey residents.
  • To facilitate and encourage collaboration and coordination between Surrey-based agencies and groups.
  • To consider other social planning issues as may be referred by Council.

 Current Themes

  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Children and Youth
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Urban Indigenous People
  • New Immigrants and Refugees
  • Social Innovation
  • Vulnerable Women and Girls
  • Other community/social issues and initiatives

Contact the City Clerk’s Office, at 604 591-4132 or email if you are interested in submitting information for the SPAC to review or are interested in appearing before the Committee as a delegation.

SPAC Members

The Committee is made up of 11 volunteer members, one representative from Simon Fraser University, one representative from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, City staff (Social Planning) and two members of City Council.

Chair: Councillor Locke
Vice Chair: TBD

Committee Minutes

Minutes of meetings are recorded and forwarded to Regular Council meetings as information and – when recommendations are included in the minutes – for approval by City Council.

2019 Meeting Minutes