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Diversity Programs

Welcome to Surrey!

Moving to a new city or country is an exciting opportunity and full of challenges. The City of Surrey offers many services, programs and activities to help you get settled into your new life in a new country and a new city.

Settlement Services in Recreation Centres

We can help answer questions about finding a place to live, jobs, schools, child care, health care, getting around, programs at Recreation Centres and more!

Find out about day/time, locations and the languages offered.

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership offers a services map where you can find local services, such as refugee services, employment and education support, health and nutrition services.



The City of Surrey believes in providing equal opportunities for all. Our programs and services ensure accessibility and inclusion are considered in order to inspire participation, create social connections, and foster lifelong learning. Learn more about finding accessible programs and services in Surrey.

Language Services


Translation is available in more than 170 languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Farsi, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Arabic and French.

In person: The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all City facilities. Each location has translation cards on the counter. Point to a language on the cards and the staff member will call a translator for you.

Phone: If you have difficulty communicating in English, call the City of Surrey General Line 604 591 4011 for assistance. They will call a translator over the phone for you.


English Conversation Program

Students of the English Conversation ProgramThe English Conversation Program is a free program for you to practice your English in a comfortable environment while you:

  • Learn about Canadian culture,
  • Meet others from around the world
  • Share your experiences

The program focuses on conversation. So, you must have some knowledge of English in order to register.

Classes are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring all over Surrey and are available for women only, or, for both men and women.

Check out our winter 2018 schedule and find a location near you.

Call 604-502-6325 for more information.

Community Services

Learn about free or low-cost services, such as job centres, housing and mental health resources.


Surrey has over 125 free public schools for children under 18. The City is also home to Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University campuses, as well as many colleges and places for continuing education.


With a growing economy, Surrey is a great to find a job or start a business. Or, apply to work for the City of Surrey, voted one of BC's top employers.


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