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More than 100 problem unregulated recovery homes have been shut down in the City of Surrey

Glass Door

July 14, 2014

Surrey, BC – Since the inception of the Mayor’s Task Force on Crime, 103 problem unregulated Recovery Homes are no longer in operation in the City of Surrey and another 62 unregulated Recovery Homes are currently under investigation.

“The work that is being done to rein in disruptive unregulated Recovery Homes is part of the High Risk Location Initiative under the Mayor’s Task Force on Crime,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The multi-faceted approach has resulted in significant progress in dealing with this issue.”

The collaborative effort includes the City’s By-laws Department, RCMP, Crown Counsel, the Assisted Living Registry and Provincial Social Agencies in not only targeting problem unregulated Recovery Homes but also ensuring adequate programs and assistance are provided for the individuals affected by the closures.

“Typically upon receiving a complaint, it takes 15 to 30 days to shut down a problem unregulated Recovery Home,” says By-laws Manager Jas Rehal. “The City of Surrey can also levy fines up to $500 per day.”

Of the regulated Recovery Homes in the City of Surrey, 36 operate under the auspices of the Assisted Living Registry and three are licensed by the Fraser Health Authority.

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For program information:
Jas Rehal
Manager, By-law & Licensing Services
City of Surrey
604.591.4013

For interview requests:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604.591.4519