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2016 News Releases

Mayor Hepner celebrating 30 years of service

Surrey Animal Resource Centre reunites globetrotting cat missing since 2014 with owners

December 21, 2016 - Stray pets are common guests at the Surrey Animal Resource Centre (SARC)...

City of Surrey Celebrates the Opening of its 10th MYzone Site

December 16, 2016 - The City of Surrey marked an important milestone on Tuesday, December 13 with a community...

City of Surrey and Surrey RCMP launch City Centre Response Plan

December 6, 2016 - The City of Surrey and Surrey RCMP have launched their City Centre Response Plan...

Surrey’s Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre honoured as world's best

November 23, 2016 - Surrey’s new Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre has received three more prestigious international...

Two tech initiatives launched to help keep Surrey safe

November 22, 2016 - The Surrey RCMP and the City of Surrey are pleased to announce the launch of two new technology...

New publication helps local governments “Design Out Crime”

November 9, 2016 - Citizens expect their local governments to protect them from crime, and to respond quickly...

Surrey awarded Platinum Certification by the World Council on City Data

November 8, 2016 - The World Council on City Data (WCCD), the global leader in standardized city data, has awarded...

Surrey Bylaws working to keep Halloween safe with record seizure of illegal fireworks

October 28, 2016 - Over a 48 hour period this week, City of Surrey Bylaw Enforcement officers have seized a record...

City of Surrey releases Public Safety Strategy

October 24, 2016 - The City of Surrey released its Public Safety Strategy today which takes direct action on crime...

Surrey becomes Canada’s first International City of Refuge

October 17, 2016 - The City of Surrey has become Canada’s first International City of Refuge...

Be prepared for storm season

October 12, 2016 - Environment Canada has posted a special weather statement for a series of powerful storms...

City of Surrey honours local youth aging out of care

October 5, 2016 - This year, 59 Surrey youth will age out of government care. Many face challenges in areas such as...

New Officer in Charge named for Surrey Detachment

October 4, 2016 - The City of Surrey is pleased to announce that Chief Superintendent Dwayne McDonald...

City of Surrey honours Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2016 - The City of Surrey honoured Orange Shirt Day with a number of events today.

Surrey recognized for Leadership and Innovation in Agriculture

September 30, 2016 - The City of Surrey received an award for Leadership and Innovation in Agriculture...

Outreach process launched for Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy

September 26, 2016 - With our climate changing and sea levels rising, the City of Surrey is developing a Coastal Flood...

Skydance Studios Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

September 20, 2016 - Mayor Linda Hepner, Minister Amrik Virk and Skydance Media CEO David Ellison opened Skydance...

Rick Hart Remembered at the 18th Annual Fleetwood Festival

September 12, 2016 - On September 10, over 4,500 people celebrated the 18th Annual Fleetwood Festival...

Dine Out, Eat Local: Introducing Farm Fresh Sundays in September

August 24, 2016 - Unique Event Kicks off Surrey’s First-ever Agricultural Week.

First Annual Robson Park Festival Celebrates Community’s Commitment to Sustainability and the Environment

August 18, 2016 - On August 13, the Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) celebrated the community’s...

Student-led Habitat Restoration Enhances one of Canada’s Top Bird-watching Sites

August 11, 2016 - On July 22, the City of Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) and Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) joined forces to enhance Blackie Spit Park.

Surrey Firefighters Donate $10,000 to Support Girls’ Empowerment

August 9, 2016 - The Surrey Firefighters’ Charitable Society has donated $10,000 in support of the ‘Girls’ Empowerment Program'.

Share a wonderful day in your neighbourhood and WIN!

July 27, 2016 - Surrey residents can enter to win great prizes this summer by sharing photos of their neighbourhood social activities.

BC’s Largest Multicultural Celebration Draws over 100,000 Festivalgoers and 40 Cultures from Around the Globe

July 26, 2016 - Over 100,000 festivalgoers joined in BC's largest multicultural celebration, Surrey Fusion Festival, this past weekend.

Check out 'Surrey Spot' summertime pop-up park

July 22, 2016 - Surrey’s pop-up park is all about spots this summer. ‘Surrey Spot’, inspired by music, performance and circular shapes, was awarded top spot in the City of Surrey’s 2016 PARKit Design Challenge.

Surrey Hosts Refugee Welcome Day

July 21, 2016 - Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey hosted a Welcome Day for new refugees at City Hall yesterday.

City of Surrey and YMCA of Greater Vancouver Sign Agreement in Principle

July 11, 2016 - Surrey is one step closer to a second YMCA centre of community with the signing of an Agreement in Principle by the City of Surrey and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

Over 100,000 celebrated Canada’s Birthday in Surrey

July 4, 2016 - Returning to Surrey Canada Day after 10 years, Canadian rock legend Tom Cochrane & Red Rider helped a crowd of more than 100,000 celebrate at Surrey’s annual Canada Day Celebration, presented by Coast Capital Savings.

City of Surrey and Simon Fraser University Partner to Create Innovation Boulevard Corporation

June 29, 2016 - The City of Surrey and Simon Fraser University (SFU) have joined forces to incorporate Innovation Boulevard, a young but rapidly expanding centre for technology development based in Surrey and linked with a growing network of innovation centres around the world.

Surrey Doors Open Provides a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Unique Venues

June 16, 2016 - The City of Surrey welcomes residents and visitors to 21 venues across the city for the 5th annual Surrey Doors Open event this Saturday June 18th.

Pride Flag flown at Surrey City Hall in support of Orlando shooting victims

June 14, 2016 - At last night’s regular council meeting, Surrey City Council unanimously approved a motion to fly the Pride Flag at Surrey City Hall in solidarity, sympathy and support for the members of the LGBTQ community following the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Surrey Fusion Festival Sure to Hit a High Note with this Year’s Performance Line-up

June 13, 2016 - Presenting sponsor Coast Capital Savings is proud to announce the entertainment lineup for the 2016 Fusion Festival—BC’s largest multicultural celebration—taking place in Surrey on July 23 and 24 at Holland Park.

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre Opens with a Splash

June 13, 2016 - City of Surrey celebrated the official grand opening of its newest and largest aquatic facility, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre on Saturday, June 11.

Outdoor fitness space for seniors opens in Newton

June 9, 2016 - A new outdoor fitness space for seniors opened today in the area connecting the Newton Recreation Centre, Seniors’ Centre and Library.

Made in Surrey Smoke Alarm Campaign Honoured

June 9, 2016 - The City of Surrey and the Fire Chiefs’ Association of British Columbia (FCABC) have been honoured by the Canadian National Collaborated Centre for Injury Prevention for their campaign in reducing fire-related injury and death in BC.

Three Surrey civic facilities recognized for design and innovation

June 2, 2016 - The Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) recognized three City of Surrey facilities at its annual award ceremonies.

City of Surrey takes action on Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations

June 1, 2016 - On the one year anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the City of Surrey is committing to taking action on the TRC recommendations.

City of Surrey Unveils Progressive Sustainability Charter 2.0

May 31, 2016 - Building on the success of its sustainability efforts, Surrey has released an updated Sustainability Charter 2.0.

Tom Cochrane & Red Rider to Headline 2016 Canada Day Celebration

May 25, 2016 - The City of Surrey announced today Canadian rock legend Tom Cochrane & Red Rider will headline its annual free Canada Day celebration at Surrey’s Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre on Friday, July 1.

Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address Focuses on Technology, Innovation and Economic Growth

May 19, 2016 - In her annual State of the City Address to the business community, Mayor Linda Hepner highlighted the growing prominence of Surrey as a centre for smart technology, innovation and economic growth.

PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub opens for six-month run

May 17, 2016 - The PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub has opened its doors for a six-month season of programming, including exhibitions, artist residencies and interactive art projects presented by seven artist collectives.

BC Arts Council Boosts Surrey Arts and Culture Groups with Grant Funding

May 6, 2016 - The Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Minister responsible for TransLink, today announced over $130,000 in operating grants from the BC Arts Council in support of the Surrey Art Gallery ($77,000), Surrey Archives and Museum ($28,000), and Arts Council of Surrey ($26,936).

Surrey vies for global "Intelligent Community of the Year 2016" title

May 5, 2016 - ‘Intelligent City Forum’ (ICF) co-founder, Louis Zacharilla paid Surrey a visit this week as part of the city’s bid to be named the “Intelligent Community of the Year 2016”.

Rick Hart Named 'Good Citizen of the Year'

May 5, 2016 - Surrey City Council named Rick Hart this year’s Good Citizen of the Year at the City’s annual volunteer services celebration.

Surrey youth wins Canadian Women in Municipal Government Scholarship

May 3, 2016 - Every year the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) offers Canadian Women in Municipal Government scholarship awards to young women who demonstrate exceptional leadership and a strong interest in local politics.

Surrey hosts intelligent community expert in bid for "Intelligent Community of the Year" nod

May 2, 2016 - Join Mayor Linda Hepner to welcome Louis Zacharilla, from the New York-based international think-tank "Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)", as he delivers a keynote presentation about the "Rise of the Intelligent Community".

JUNO Nominee Performs for 15,000+ at this Year’s Party for the Planet

April 26, 2016 - Surrey’s Party for the Planet—the largest Earth Day celebration in BC—treated over 15,000 people Saturday to a variety of free interactive enviro-attractions and live concert performances led by one of Canada’s top musicians.

Surrey’s Dutch-Canadian Friendship Garden now in bloom

April 19, 2016 - Surrey’s Holland Park is now blooming with 700 red and white tulips symbolizing a special friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.

Surrey Bend Regional Park Opens

April 16, 2016 - Surrey Bend Regional Park is part of a network of parks and protected areas along the Fraser River, and at 348 hectares it is the largest publicly owned natural area in the City of Surrey.

Helping seniors share wealth of knowledge through new Elder Bank

April 18, 2016 - Seniors in Surrey will soon be called upon to share their skills and experience through a new joint initiative between the City of Surrey and the provincial government.

Surrey’s Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre honoured for design excellence

April 14, 2016 - Surrey’s new Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre has received top honours for innovation and technical excellence.

JUNO Nominee Scott Helman to Headline 2016 Party for the Planet

March 21, 2016 - The City of Surrey announced today Scott Helman, 2016 JUNO nominee for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year, will headline this year’s Party for the Planet event—BC’s largest Earth Day celebration—taking place April 23 at City Hall Plaza.

United Way honours City of Surrey staff for their commitment and generosity

March 8, 2016 - The employees of the City of Surrey have a long history of supporting the United Way. At last night’s Council meeting, the efforts and generosity of staff were recognized as the United Way of the Lower Mainland bestowed a Spirit Award to the City of Surrey, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 402 & the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1271.

Mayor Hepner welcomes Prime Minister Trudeau to City Hall

March 2, 2016 - Mayor Linda Hepner and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met to discuss a number of common issues. The visit marks the first time in Surrey’s history that a sitting Prime Minister has paid a visit to City Hall.

Surrey's Officer in Charge promoted to Assistant Commissioner

February 24, 2016 - The City of Surrey congratulates Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, for his promotion to Assistant Commissioner.

Surrey once again named among World's Top 7 Intelligent Communities

February 23, 2016 - For the second consecutive year the City of Surrey has been named as one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities by the New York-based think tank Intelligent Community Forum.

New Poll shows 80% Support Building LRT Network in Surrey

February 15, 2016 - As part of the City of Surrey’s ongoing outreach on rapid transit and technology, a new poll finds Surrey residents to be 80% in support of bringing Light Rail Transit (LRT) to the city.

Council approves city-wide upgrade to LED street lights

February 2, 2016 - Surrey is one of the first cities in Canada to embark on a full conversion of street lighting to LED.

City of Surrey hosts Community Forum on Refugees

January 21, 2016 - More than 200 people attended the City of Surrey’s Community Forum on Refugees last night to hear the latest information on Syrian refugee settlement and find out how they can best help in the efforts to settle the newcomers in Surrey.

City of Surrey wins award for Financial Reporting

January 18, 2016 - For the 18th consecutive year, the City of Surrey’s Finance and Technology Department has won the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

City of Surrey recognized for Open Data Initiatives

January 15, 2016 - The City of Surrey has placed among the top three cities in Canada for open data according to the Public Sector Digest and Canada’s Open Data Exchange.

Mayor Linda Hepner Recognized for 30 Years of Service to the City of Surrey

January 12, 2016 - Mayor Linda Hepner has been recognized for 30 years of combined service to the City of Surrey.