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2015 News Releases

Mayor Linda Hepner

Surrey first in BC with multi-agency approach to risk intervention

December 7, 2015 - The Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table (SMART) is an innovative new approach to assisting those who are at imminent risk of harm, victimization, or criminality.

Inaugural Social Innovation Draws Capacity Crowd at City Hall

November 24, 2015 - Approximately 200 local and national experts gathered at Surrey City Hall for the inaugural Surrey Social Innovation Summit to discuss how cities can use creative new thinking and social innovation to tackle urban issues.

City holds its 6th Annual SCADA Conference

November 16, 2015 - The 2015 conference was titled, “Through the Media Lens: Impacts on Domestic Abuse”.

Surrey Firefighter Awarded for Bravery

November 17, 2015 - Surrey Firefighter Duncan Barber was honoured by Mayor Hepner and Council at Monday night's Council meeting.

Appointment of new Director Public Safety Strategies

November 16, 2015 - Mayor Linda Hepner and City Council welcome Dr. Terry Waterhouse as the new Director Public Safety Strategies.

Newton Field House wins prestigious AIBC Award

November 9, 2015 - The City of Surrey’s recently constructed Field House in Newton Athletic Park has received a 2015 Award of Excellence from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).

Join in for free family fun at the 6th Annual Tree Lighting Festival!

November 2, 2015 - The City of Surrey's 6th annual Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, will take place on Saturday, November 21, 12:00 – 7:00pm, at City Hall Plaza.

Surrey selected among World’s Smart21 Communities

October 22, 2015 - As one of the 21 semi-finalists, Surrey is now in contention for the prestigious designation of Intelligent Community of the Year, to be named in June 2016.

Introducing Surrey's inaugural Poet Laureate

October 22, 2015 - Renée Sarojini Saklikar has been selected as Poet Laureate for Surrey.

TD Green Streets plants the roots for a greener Surrey

October 19, 2015 - The City of Surrey has been selected by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada to receive a $13,095 TD Green Streets Project grant for its 2015 urban forestry program.

United Way ‘Avenues of Change’ invests in Surrey’s Guildford West children

October 16, 2015 - The United Way of the Lower Mainland has announced a $1.2 million investment over the next three years in the “Avenues of Change” initiative in Surrey’s Guildford West community.

New Kids’ Gallery opens at the Surrey Museum

October 13, 2015 - Surrey Museum debuted its newest exhibit at a grand opening event on Saturday: phase one of an interactive Kids’ Gallery developed around the theme of sustainability.

City of Surrey receives award for inclusive employment practices

October 6, 2015 - The City of Surrey was honoured on Thursday evening at the second annual Innovative Labour Solutions Awards which celebrates employers who support employment for individuals with disabilities.

2015 Surrey Civic Treasures Honoured

October 7, 2015 - Surrey’s 2015 Civic Treasures, Roger Bose, Alex Browne, and Cora and Don Li-Leger, were officially honoured last evening during the annual Business and the Arts Reception at the Surrey Arts Centre.

Test your smoke alarms for Fire Prevention Week

October 2, 2015 - Fire Prevention Week officially runs from Oct. 4-10, and it launched today at Firehall 10 in Newton with a smoke alarm demonstration that punctuates the need for working alarms in every bedroom, as about half of residential fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when residents are asleep.

City welcomes Sarah McLachlan School of Music to Surrey with funding support

September 29, 2015 -

UBCM presents City of Surrey with two Community Excellence Awards

September 24, 2015 - The annual UBCM Community Excellence Awards program is an opportunity to showcase municipalities and regional districts that “lead the pack”, take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, question established ways of doing business and pioneer new customer service practices.

Surrey receives Open for Business Award

September 23, 2015 - The City of Surrey received an Open for Business Award for its innovative programs and projects that support small businesses at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention.

Iron Soldier Takes First Steps Forward

September 17, 2015 - In Surrey today, Captain Trevor Greene (retired) took his first steps in front of an assembled crowd, using technology never before used by a patient with traumatic brain injury.

Surrey partners join forces for Back to School safety

September 16, 2015 - The Surrey RCMP along with the City of Surrey, Surrey School District, ICBC, and the Surrey Crime Prevention Society participated in a public awareness event to bring attention to traffic and pedestrian safety as kids head back to school.

Surrey launches new traffic Twitter account

August 17, 2015 - Leveraging the City’s 250 traffic cameras located at key corridors throughout the City, commuters can now get Surrey specific traffic alerts on Twitter.

Help prevent brush fires in Surrey this long weekend

July 30, 2015 - The recent spell of hot weather has caused very dry conditions in Surrey, increasing the risk of brush fires.

Surrey first BC city to install real time Travel Time Information System on major corridors

July 28, 2015 - The City of Surrey will be the first municipality in the province to install a real time Travel Time Information System which will improve the flow of goods and vehicles within the region.

Surrey Fire Service Upgrades Tanker Units with Water Purification Capabilities

July 24, 2015 - Surrey Fire Service will be taking delivery of 3 new Tanker/Water Purification Units. The new Water Tankers will replace older units of less capacity and capabilities and will be in full service by the middle of August, 2015.

Surrey first city worldwide to integrate Q&A technology ‘IBM Watson’ in mobile app

July 22, 2015 - This technology allows City customers to input questions into the application and receive direct answers rather than a traditional list of search results.

More than 40 cultures represented at 2015 Fusion Festival

July 21, 2015 - More than 40 cultures from around the world were represented in the Parade of Cultures, including seven newcomers this year: Afghanistan, England, Iran, Scotland, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey.

2015 Rakhi Project: Banding Together Against Domestic Abuse

July 15, 2015 - The 5th annual Rakhi Project launched at the Vancity Credit Union in Newton where communities came together to speak out against domestic abuse.

Surrey 2015 Canada Day Celebration hosts 100,000+ crowd

July 2, 2015 - Canadian rock royalty, Blue Rodeo, helped a crowd of more than 100,000 celebrate at Surrey’s annual Canada Day Celebration, presented by Coast Capital Savings.

Mayor Hepner welcomes UBC Women's Varsity Softball Team to Surrey

June 17, 2015 - Mayor Linda Hepner and UBC President Arvind Gupta welcomed Surrey’s newest sports team at City Hall Plaza today.

Surrey Fusion Festival Announces 2015 Entertainment Line-up

June 10, 2015 - The 2015 Fusion Festival line-up includes internationally renowned Punjabi singer-songwriter, Jazzy B, known as the “Crowned Prince of Bhangra” and will feature fellow-Punjabi singing sensation, Kaur B, who is best known for her song “Classmate”.

New report places Surrey as top destination for new small businesses

June 9, 2015 -

Surrey Fire Service Honours Citizen for Rescue Efforts

June 5, 2015 -

Guildford Aquatic Centre Opens with a Splash

June 1, 2015 - City of Surrey celebrated the official opening of a new world-class aquatic facility at Guildford Recreation Centre on Saturday, May 30.

2015 PARKit Design Challenge Award Winners Announced

May 26, 2015 - PARKit, Surrey’s annual pop-up park design challenge, has awarded its 2015 top spot to “Pantone”, a vibrant, colourful design, inspired by traditional theatres and playful shapes submitted by local design team Ryan McClanaghan, Daniel Hawkins, and Shane Oleksiuk.

Blue Rodeo to headline 2015 Surrey Canada Day Celebration

May 26, 2015 - The City of Surrey is set to welcome Canadian rock royalty, Blue Rodeo, to headline its annual Canada Day Celebration, presented by Coast Capital Savings, on July 1. This year’s celebration plans to be the largest Canada Day event in Western Canada with attendance expected to surpass 100,000 people.

Surrey Libraries hosts #LoveItLockIt bike theft prevention event

May 13, 2015 - Surrey Libraries is hosting the #LoveItLockIt bike theft prevention event on Saturday, May 23, 2015, in partnership with the City of Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy, Surrey RCMP, Surrey Crime Prevention Society and HUB - Your Cycling Connection.

Friendly Reminders for a Safe and Fun Summer

June 25, 2015 - With the summer season and hot, sunny weather upon us, here are few simple tips to ensure everyone has a safe and fun summer in the City of Surrey.

Bon Accord Pedestrian Bridge opens to connect City Centre with Fraser Heights

May 2, 2015 - Surrey communities City Centre and Fraser Heights celebrated a new connection between their two neighbourhoods on Saturday at the official opening of the Bon Accord Pedestrian Bridge at 109th Avenue and 144th Street.

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

May 5, 2015 - The City of Surrey has been named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Michael Wilson Named ‘Citizen of the Year’

April 30, 2015 - Surrey City Council has named Michael Wilson as Surrey’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.

More than 15,000 attend Saturday's Party for the Planet

April 28, 2015 - Party for the Planet is the largest Earth Day celebration in BC. This year included entertainment from headline performer Five Alarm Funk as well as additional performances by Good for Grapes and Charlotte Diamond.

Surrey in final competition for 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year Award

April 9, 2015 - Surrey is in competition to be named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year after being selected as one of the Top 7 finalists by New York-based think tank the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

Party for the Planet line-up announced for April 25th event

March 23, 2015 - The City of Surrey announced today details of its fifth annual Party-for-the-Planet to be held at City Hall Plaza on April 25, 2015.

Surrey Courthouse Expansion

March 19, 2015 - The busiest Provincial Court location in the province is about to receive a $24.3-million expansion, paving the way for faster and smoother access to justice, and demonstrating government's commitment to meeting the justice needs of B.C.'s communities.

Canadian national sitting volleyball teams host community programs in Surrey and Richmond

March 17, 2015 - Beginning March 27, Canadian national sitting volleyball teams will host community programs in Surrey and Richmond.

Spring Forward: Change your Clock and Test your Smoke Alarm!

March 5, 2015 - City of Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis wishes to remind residents of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. With clocks springing forward on Sunday, March 8th it’s a simple and effective reminder to make this potentially lifesaving check.

Groundbreaking Ceremony held in Surrey for North America’s First Close-Loop Waste Management System

February 27, 2015 - Mayor Linda Hepner along with representatives from public funding partner, the Government of Canada and private partner Orgaworld broke ground today on Surrey’s new organics Biofuel Processing Facility.

Council appealling for freight train restrictions in Crescent Beach area

February 25, 2015 - City Council has endorsed a resolution to call for freight speed restrictions from 30 miles per hour (mph) to 10 mph leading in and out of the Crescent Beach area, from the existing Nicomekl railways swing bridge to 24th Avenue.

Surrey Votes Yes Campaign Kickoff

February 11, 2015 - Mayor Linda Hepner and City Council officially launched the “Surrey Votes Yes” Campaign earlier today at City Hall.

Surrey’s Urban Screen Receives Federal Grant

February 10, 2015 - MP Nina Grewal, representative for Fleetwood-Port Kells, announced a federal government commitment of $189,000 today (Tuesday, February 10th) toward equipment upgrades for Surrey’s Urban Screen.

Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Expo & Championship Winners Announced

January 30, 2015 - Approximately 500 people converged at Surrey City Hall to witness 38 companies across the Metro region vie for the title of Greater Vancouver’s Clean Technology Champion.

Surrey named among World’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities

January 23, 2015 - The City of Surrey has been named as one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015 by New York-based think tank Intelligent Community Forum.

Opera Arias and Broadway Show Tunes Take Centre Stage in Surrey

January 15, 2015 - The Vancouver Opera once again brings the best of opera hits and Broadway tunes to Surrey. The affordable, family-friendly concert will be performed by this year's participants in VO's acclaimed Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists program, a springboard for artists on the verge of launching international careers.

Mayor Linda Hepner elected as new vice-chair of Mayors’ Council

January 16, 2015 - Mayor Hepner will be taking on a pivotal role on the Mayors’ Council in leading the Yes campaign in this spring’s Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. Mayor Hepner was voted in as the vice-chair along with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson who was voted in as the new chair of the Mayors’ Council at today’s meeting.

Council advocating “yes” vote in upcoming Transportation and Transit Plebiscite

January 13, 2015 - City Council voted unanimously to endorse a “yes” vote in plebiscite on Transportation & Transit.

Surrey Receives 17th Consecutive Financial Reporting Award

January 12, 2015 - The City of Surrey has received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the 17th consecutive year.