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2018 News Releases

City of Surrey Acquires 142 Acres of Land for Biodiversity Conservation

December 18, 2018 - The land is identified as a hub to be protected for its natural assets.

Surrey City Council Approves 75% Recreation Discount for Seniors 70 Years and Older

December 18, 2018 - Council unanimously approved the discount increase from the current 25% to 75%.

City of Surrey Requests Assistance from the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Police Department with Municipal Policing Transition

December 12, 2018 - Mayor and Council are taking steps to advance how policing will be delivered in Surrey.

City Council Takes Immediate Action to Slash City of Surrey Debt Load

November 27, 2018 - Council will prepare a budget that will cut down debt by embracing the principle of pay as you go.

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival Attracts Thousands

November 26, 2018 - Newly lit tree will illuminate Civic Plaza through the New Year.

City of Surrey Only Municipality to be Named Among Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures

November 22, 2018 - The City of Surrey has been recognized in the “Broader Public Sector” category.

City of Surrey Receives Top Honours for Excellence in Public Works Safety and Engagement

November 21, 2018 - Surrey’s public works team has increased productivity by 30% while reducing lost time hours by 65%.

Mayor McCallum and City Council Approve Free Parking on Streets Around Surrey Memorial Hospital and at City Hall Parkade

November 20, 2018 - City Council unanimously approves free two hour on-street parking at Hospital and City Hall.

Mayors’ Council Supports City of Surrey’s Request to Cancel LRT and Build SkyTrain

November 15, 2018 - The decision is a significant step forward in realizing a new rapid transit line in Surrey.

Surrey Hosts Team India Ahead of the Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival

November 14, 2018 - More than 150 spectators gathered at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex to watch the action.

General Manager Appointed for Municipal Policing Transition

November 14, 2018 - Terry Waterhouse has been appointed as the General Manager, Policing Transition.

Opioid Overdose Intervention Project Update

November 13, 2018 - Surrey has been a partner in an ongoing effort to stem the opioid overdose public health crisis.

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum

November 9, 2018 - Mayor Doug McCallum issues statement on this morning's tragic shooting.

New Surrey City Council Takes Office and Immediately Begins Process to Build SkyTrain and Establish a Surrey Police Department

November 5, 2018 - Mayor Doug McCallum and the new members of Surrey City Council officially take the Oath of Office.

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival Returns to Civic Plaza for 8th Annual Celebration

October 25, 2018 - Free family event offers holiday market and lighting of 58-foot Christmas tree.

Youth Speak Up Forum Encourages Youth to Share their Voices on Important Community Topics

October 19, 2018 - Surrey Youth Leadership Council invites youth to take part in the 10th annual Youth Speak-Up Forum.

Proactive Approach to Improve People’s Lives Recognized at Heroes of the Homeless Awards

October 10, 2018 - The City of Surrey and Surrey RCMP were recognized during annual event.

Vancouver and Surrey Call for Innovation for Future Smart Corridors

October 1, 2018 - Proposals could help cities win $50 million as part of the Smart Cities Challenge.

Surrey Honours 2018 Civic Treasures

October 3, 2018 - Roxanne Charles and Jim Foulkes were honoured at the 15th annual event.

Recognition of Long-serving Council Members

October 2, 2018 - Three long-serving members of Surrey City Council recognized at regular council meeting.

New Vision for Museum of Surrey Ignites Imagination

October 1, 2018 - Triple capacity for kids programming, offering more ways to explore city's past, present and future.

City of Surrey Recognized for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture at IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards

September 28, 2018 - The award recognized the city’s comprehensive community engagement process.

Surrey Municipal Election: Vote in Advance on October 6, 10, 11 or 13

September 26, 2018 - Advance voting opportunities will be available at six recreation centres from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

City of Surrey Voter Guide Available October 3

September 24, 2018 - The booklet will include essential information for voters.

Mayor Linda Hepner’s Final State of the City Address

September 19, 2018 - Mayor reflects on changes and how the next civic leaders can continue to propel Surrey forward.

Museum of Surrey Ready to Roar

September 20, 2018 - Join mayor and council for the free grand opening celebration and tour of Dinosaurs Unearthed.

Girls Empowerment Program Expands with Help From Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society

September 18, 2018 - Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society donated $20,000 to the Girls Empowerment Program.

Dine Out, Eat Local: Celebrate Surrey Farms in September with Farm Fresh Sundays

September 4, 2018 - Surrey’s third annual Farm Fresh Sundays kicks off September 9.

Surrey Fire Service: International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2018 - Fire Service to observe International Overdose Awareness Day by wearing wristbands while on-duty.

Social Innovation Summit to Tackle Opioid Crisis, Housing and Other Regional Issues

August 29, 2018 - Surrey announces experts, keynotes and panel sessions for September 6th Summit.

Surrey’s “Pie in the Plaza” Returns September 8th

August 24, 2018 - Taste B.C.’s largest blueberry pie while experiencing an afternoon of free family activities.

Surrey Announces Winners of Inaugural Social Innovation Awards

August 23, 2018 - Lieutenant Governor to open Surrey Social Innovation Summit on September 6th.

Update: Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy

August 1, 2018 - Managed Retreat option to be removed from the Crescent Beach study area.

Council Moves Forward with Congestion Relief Strategy

July 25, 2018 - The Strategy will deliver approximately $360 Million in planned and advanced transportation projects

Surrey CityLab Partnership Approved by City Council

July 25, 2018 - The program will allow for co-created projects between students and City staff.

New Pop-up Gallery Opens in Crescent Beach

July 23, 2018 - This summer and fall explore sand, surf and art together in Surrey

Surrey Celebrates Influential Women at Largest Fusion Festival Yet

July 23, 2018 - Event hosted a record 53 cultural pavilions, alongside headliners Walk Off The Earth and Ranjit Bawa

James Good named Surrey’s 2018 Good Citizen of the Year

July 20, 2018 - The award recognizes an individual who works towards making Surrey a better place to live.

Surrey Youth Stewardship Program Receives Funding Boost

July 19, 2018 - Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program to use funding in student based watershed stewardship.

Social Innovation Summit brings local and national experts to Surrey

July 12, 2018 - 4th annual Summit to explore opioid crisis, housing and other pressing regional issues.

Surrey Fusion Festival Set to Welcome a Record 53 Cultural Pavilions

July 11, 2018 - 2018 theme celebrates influential women and the contributions they have made to the world

TD Donates $500,000 to the Museum of Surrey Explore Zone

July 5, 2018 - The Museum of Surrey will open in fall 2018 with a new children’s gallery called TD Explore Zone.

Surrey Breaks Ground on Clayton Community Centre

July 5, 2018 - Facility slated be the first community centre in North America to earn Passive House certification.

Fans Gather from Across Metro Vancouver to Celebrate Canada Day in Surrey

July 3, 2018 - Annual event featured co-headline performances from Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel.

Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention Report Released

July 3, 2018 - The report highlighted the action steps the City of Surrey is taking to prevent gang violence.

45 New Canadians Receive Citizenship at Surrey City Hall on Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27, 2018 - Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate our diversity and democracy.

Surrey Fusion Festival Dishes Out New Green Initiatives

June 27, 2018 - Happening July 21–22 at Holland Park, the event is expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors.

Youth Program Awarded for Fostering Civic Responsibility

June 20, 2018 - L.A. Matheson’s Mustang Justice Program recognized for making a significant impact in the community.

Surrey Arts Centre the First Municipal Facility in BC to Receive a Certified Gold Designation from the Rick Hansen Foundation

June 18, 2018 - Accessibility features include a lowered box office counter, wayfinding signage for ramps, and more.

Surrey Fusion Festival Announces Ranjit Bawa as its Sunday Night Headliner

June 8, 2018 - Additional July 22 artists include Khanvict and Ricky Kej Live in Concert.

City of Surrey Wins Gold Award for 10-year PRC Strategic Plan

June 4, 2018 - The plan guides a $357 million investment in major projects for parks, rec and culture in the City.

Cities of Surrey and Vancouver Shortlisted for $50 million

June 1, 2018 - The region could see Canada’s first two collision-free corridors using autonomous vehicles.

City of Surrey Wins National Municipal Environment Award

May 30, 2018 - Surrey received national recognition for the Surrey Biofuel Facility during the CAMA Conference.

10 Year Vision for Parks, Recreation and Culture Unveiled

May 29, 2018 - The 10-year PRC Strategic Plan outlines the future development or expansion of 45 parks in Surrey.

Children and Families Welcome New Outdoor Adventures at the Newly Redeveloped Walnut Park

May 29, 2018 - More than 600 residents attended the grand reopening of Fleetwood's redeveloped Walnut Park.

International Swimming Events About to Make a Splash in Surrey

May 23, 2018 - The Espoir Canadian Championships and FINA Artistic Swimming World Series are coming to Surrey.

Surrey History Book Wins Heritage BC Award

May 16, 2018 - Surrey: A City of Stories was recognized during Heritage BC’s annual conference in New Westminster.

Could This Be Your Big Break?

May 14, 2018 - Contest offers local musicians a chance to perform at two of Surrey's biggest annual events.

Walk Off The Earth to Headline Surrey Fusion Festival

May 9, 2018 - Walk Off The Earth will bring their high energy live performance to the stage on Saturday, July 21.

Open Burning Regulations

May 2, 2018 - Effective immediately, open burning of any kind is not allowed in the City.

Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel to Headline Surrey Canada Day 2018

April 25, 2018 - Surrey's Canada Day celebration is expected to be the largest Canada Day event in Western Canada.

Mobility the Focus of Vancouver and Surrey’s Smart-Cities Idea

April 24, 2018 - Region could see Canada’s first two collision-free corridors using autonomous vehicles.

Ground Breaking for New Bayside Athletic Association Fieldhouse

April 24, 2018 - The Bayside Athletic Association fieldhouse at South Surrey Athletic Park will be complete in 2019.

Focus on Rental Housing in New Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy

April 12, 2018 - Surrey City Council has adopted the Surrey Affordable Housing Strategy.

Party for the Planet Performance Schedule and Site Map Released

April 10, 2018 - City of Surrey’s 2018 Party for the Planet performance schedule and site map is now available.

Pacific Blue Cross Grant to Help Children and Families in Surrey Adopt a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

March 29, 2018 - The grant will be used to raise awareness of Live 5-2-1-0, a guideline that promotes healthy living.

Hayley Wickenheiser Brings Renowned Female Hockey and Development Event, WickFest, West to Surrey

March 22, 2018 - Wickfest to be held in Surrey January 31 to Feb 3 of 2019.

North America’s First Closed-Loop Waste Management System Opens in Surrey

March 9, 2018 - Surrey Biofuel Facility officially opens in the Port Kells industrial area.

Surrey Partners with Major Businesses to Promote Skilled Career Opportunities in the City

March 1, 2018 - Surrey has launched a Surrey Talent campaign to raises awareness of career opportunities in the City

Sam Roberts to Headline Party for the Planet 2018

February 28, 2018 - Surrey to host 8th annual Party for the Planet, BC’s largest Earth Day celebration.

Nominations Open for Inaugural Mayor’s Award for Fostering Civic Responsibility

February 28, 2018 - The Mayor’s Award for Fostering Civic Responsibility recognizes those who work with Surrey youth.

Rising Tides are Predictable, and the City of Surrey isn’t Waiting

February 22, 2018 - Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy used to explore impacts of climate change on Surrey's coastline.

New Municipal Framework for Cannabis Legalization

February 7, 2018 - City of Surrey is taking a proactive approach in preparation for Bill C45

Vancouver and Surrey Join Forces for Smart Cities Challenge

February 5, 2018 - Top prize $50 million in funding from Infrastructure Canada

Surrey Fire Service Employing Technology to Proactively Respond to Overdose Clusters

January 19, 2018 - Fire Services uses new software to mine data from dispatch calls for signs of overdose clusters

New CEO Hired to Lead Innovation Boulevard

January 16, 2018 - Innovation Boulevard is pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Turner as its new CEO

Province Bringing Housing to Surrey for People in Need

January 12, 2018 - British Columbia government and City of Surrey announce plans for temporary modular-housing projects

Surrey Canada Day and Fusion Festival Win Regional Awards

January 10, 2018 - 2017 marked Canada’s 150th birthday and the 10th Anniversary of Fusion Festival