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Learn how to apply for a Committee, commission or board. 

Have Your Say at the Table

Can you spare up to 10 hours a month? Do you want to learn more about City politics and make an impact on your community? If so, consider applying to join a committee, commission, or board.

In Surrey, several committees, commissions and boards advise Council and City staff on topics that impact residents. Many of these committees are made up of volunteers who are recommended by City staff and appointed by Surrey City Council.

Please review the list of volunteer committee vacancies below before applying. Note that not all Committees have vacancies.

Current Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies available but please check back from time to time, as this page will be updated with new information.

How to Apply for a Committee, Commission or Board

Application Criteria

  • Applicants must not be employees of the City of Surrey
  • Applicants must live in the City of Surrey or be involved in the industry that is the essence of the Committee, Commission, Board or Task Force, as outlined in the Terms of Reference
  • Applicants should have experience or expertise that relates to the committee they are applying for
  • Applicants should be able to serve for the full term of the appointment (about 1-3 years)
  • Any additional criteria for specific advisory bodies as outlined in the Terms of Reference or applicable information package

A balanced committee or board has members with a variety of personal, education, business, and community involvement backgrounds. We welcome applicants of all ages, genders, neighbourhoods, racial origins, income levels, and sexual orientations to apply.

Time Commitment

Committee members are expected to attend monthly meetings and review related documents beforehand. This can equal anywhere from 2 to 10 hours per month. Time requirements vary among the committees.

In general, most committees meet 6 to 10 times per year, in the afternoon or evening. 

Read the descriptions of the Committees, Commissions and Boards to identify which one(s) interest you.

Compensation

These are volunteer positions. Successful candidates serve without compensation.

Joining a committee, commission or board is not equal to – and does not lead to – employment at the City of Surrey.

Selection Process

Applications are received by staff. Council reviews the applications and appoints members to the committees, commissions and boards. Note that copies of all applications will be made available to Surrey City Council, City staff and the Surrey Public Library Board for the sole purpose of making appointments and communicating with the committees, commissions and boards.

Your information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for this purpose and for contacting appointed persons with information regarding meetings.

All applicants will receive a letter from Legislative Services once the appointments have been made.