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2020 News Releases

Seeds of Change Surrey Partnership Addresses COVID-19 Food Security Challenges

July 31, 2020 - Seeds of Change Surrey will immediately implement two programs to address food access challenges.

Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program Sees Success in Diverting Vulnerable Children and Youth from Gangs

July 30, 2020 - SAFE is on track to meet its five-year target of supporting 4,700 children and youth.

Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society Launching Second Round of COVID-19 Grant Program

July 29, 2020 - Grants will be available to charitable organizations providing services to those most vulnerable.

Development and Construction Remain Strong in Surrey

July 28, 2020 - More than $692 million in development projects were given approval to proceed by City Council.

Surrey Launches Enjoy Summer in Surrey Campaign

July 20, 2020 - Encouraging residents to discover local outdoor amenities this summer.

City Council Appoints Surrey’s First Ethics Commissioner

July 14, 2020 - City of Surrey is the first municipality in B.C. to establish the position of Ethics Commissioner.

Safe Re-openings of Recreational Facilities During COVID-19

July 10, 2020 - The City is taking a safe and phased approach to the re-opening of facilities.

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum July 7, 2020

July 7, 2020 - Mayor's statement, issued on July 7, 2020.

Stewart Farm to Offer Guided Outdoor Tours

July 6, 2020 - Tours will be available Tuesday to Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30pm.

Surrey Celebrates First Ever Virtual Canada Day to Celebrate National and Civic Pride

July 2, 2020 - Viewers enjoyed performances by more than 25 performers.

Surrey Police Board Appointed

June 29, 2020 - Read Mayor Doug McCallum’s remarks on the appointment of the inaugural Board of Surrey Police.

Outdoor Fitness Options Available in Surrey This Summer

June 26, 2020 - Stay fit this summer with outdoor fitness classes and outdoor built-in fitness equipment.

Nicomekl Riverfront Park Management Plan wins a Gold Award from the Planning Institute of British Columbia

June 25, 2020 - The bold, adaptive management plan is a long-range vision for the riverfront.

Surrey’s Sensory Friendly Spaces Program Receives Honours

June 24, 2020 - BCRPA honours Surrey with 2020 Program Excellence Award for its Sensory Friendly Spaces Program.

Surrey Libraries Launches Takeout Service

June 23, 2020 - Patrons can order books, DVDs, Summer Reading Club materials, and more.

Surrey Makes PPE Companies Hit $4M in Sales

June 22, 2020 - 16 local manufacturers have retooled to serve the Canadian PPE supply chain.

Downtown Surrey BIA Donates 600 Kids Craft Kits for Virtual Surrey Canada Day

June 17, 2020 - Each kit will include four activities and be available for pick-up next week.

City of Surrey Named One of Canada’s Greenest Employers

June 17, 2020 - This is the first time the City has been recognized for this award.

City of Surrey Resumes Issuing Permits for Outdoor Sport Facilities

June 17, 2020 - All local sport organizations that have approved COVID-19 safety plans in place can apply.

Surrey City Development Corporation Assets and Activities to be Transferred to City of Surrey

June 16, 2020 - Surrey City Council has voted to dissolve the for-profit development company owned by the City.

25 Years of Offering Summer Employment Opportunities for Youth that also Help the Environment

June 16, 2020 - Collectively, the programs have employed over 880 students.

Limited Selection of Summer Day Camps Starting July 6

June 11, 2020 - The City of Surrey will offer a limited selection of summer day camps for children ages 3 to 12.

Surrey Outdoor Pools, Spray Parks and Beaches Opening Dates

June 10, 2020 - Surrey’s outdoor pools, spray parks and swimming area at Crescent Beach will be opening this month.

Serpentine Railway Bridge Replacement Project Complete

June 4, 2020 - The first project partially supported through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund completed.

The City of Surrey Launches Play at Home Surrey Contest

June 3, 2020 - Local musicians can enter to win a performance on the virtual Surrey Canada Day livestream event.

Darts Hill Garden Park Carefully Reopens for the Season

June 2, 2020 - Darts Hill Garden Park is now open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Pre-registration required.

Public and School Playgrounds Re-opening June 1

May 28, 2020 - Playgrounds and skateparks in Surrey to re-open Monday, June 1.

Surrey Celebrates BC Seniors Week with Virtual Activities and Programs

May 27, 2020 - City of Surrey will host a series of free live programs and webinars, plus pre-taped activities.

Council Implements New Initiatives to Help Local Restauranteurs and Retailers

May 26, 2020 - New initiatives in Surrey permit the use of temporary outdoor areas to support local businesses.

Mayor’s Statement on Release of Dangerous Sex Offender: Kristjon Otto Olson

May 22, 2020 - "Our justice system is broken."

City of Surrey to Host Virtual Canada Day Celebration

May 20, 2020 - Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, featuring 54-40, Bif Naked, and Colin James.

New Public Art Banners Welcome You Home

May 15, 2020 - Surrey Public Art is excited to share Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe’s artwork titled “Welcome Home”.

Surrey Launches 2020 Love Where You Live Campaign

May 14, 2020 - This year’s campaign will focus on individual actions and small group projects.

Surrey Installs Healthcare Appreciation Street Banners Around Surrey Memorial and Peace Arch Hospital

May 12, 2020 - The critical work of our healthcare workers has been heroic in our fight against COVID-19.

New Museum of Surrey Digital Exhibit Has a Focus on Family

May 8, 2020 - Discover Your Story: We Can Help! inspires Surrey families to create their own family trees.

Surrey Finds New Ways to Connect with Youth During COVID-19

May 8, 2020 - New programs launch during BC Youth Week

Council approves COVID-19 Surrey Economic Action and Recovery Plan

May 5, 2020 - At last night’s Regular Council Meeting, City Council approved the Surrey Economic Action and Recovery Plan. The objective of the plan is to help Surrey’s economy move towards a faster recovery through a series of initiatives centered on encouraging and supporting residents, businesses, investments, and job creation opportunities in the City. By taking these proactive steps, the goal is to recover as soon as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Surrey Archives Launches COVID-19 Acquisition Campaign

May 1, 2020 - New initiative will help document COVID-19 experience of Surrey residents.

Surrey Fast-tracks Roadwork During COVID-19, Achieves Significant Gains in Completion Timelines

April 30, 2020 - Several projects scheduled for the summer months have been brought forward.

Surrey Makes PPE: Local Manufacturers Retooling to Combat COVID-19

April 23, 2020 - Surrey Makes PPE was launched to help health authorities access large quantities of PPE supplies.

Fire Safety Awareness During COVID-19

April 21, 2020 - The Surrey Fire Service continues to address community risk & respond to incidents during COVID-19.

Surrey City Council Continues Focus on Job Creation within Local Construction Sector

April 21, 2020 - City Council granted final adoption to projects that create approximately 550 new construction jobs.

COVID-19: City of Surrey's 10 Point Action Plan

April 16, 2020 - The 10-Point Action Plan addresses the City’s top priorities of protecting the health of our residents and city staff and ensuring essential services, such as water, utilities, police and fire are safely maintained for the overall well-being of our community.

City of Surrey weathering financial impact of COVID-19

April 15, 2020 - As with all municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region, Surrey is feeling the financial strain caused by COVID-19. The City of Surrey has had to adjust and identify opportunities to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. As a result, Surrey has been able to moderate the financial impact caused by the virus.

City of Surrey Online Videos Boost Mental and Physical Health for All Ages

April 14, 2020 - The popular at-home classes and activities have been viewed 15,000 times.

Easter Weekend COVID-19 Measures

April 8, 2020 - Effective immediately, 1001 Steps and Christopherson Steps are closed to all public use.

Surrey Programs Support Local Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 8, 2020 - Surrey has launched initiatives to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helping the Truck Drivers who are Essential to our Food and Supply Chain

April 7, 2020 - "Just as COVID-19 has impacted our day to day routines, the same can be said for truckers."

Emergency Response Centre Opens at North Surrey Recreation Centre to Support those Experiencing Homelessness

April 7, 2020 - The decommissioned North Surrey Recreation Centre will provide up to 110 safe spaces.

Council Fueling Local Economy and Creating Jobs

April 7, 2020 - Surrey City Council has approved 4 City Engineering Capital Contracts valued at $14 million.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Open Burning Regulations

April 6, 2020 - Burning permits issued by the Surrey Fire Service are suspended; open burning is banned in the city.

Surrey Launches Public Campaign to Encourage Physical Distancing Commitment

April 2, 2020 - The Surrey Flattens the Curve campaign highlights the 3 main actions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Mayor Doug McCallum - March 30

March 30, 2020 - "With everyone doing their part, we can and will get through this challenging time."

Positive Results Seen by Surrey COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team

March 30, 2020 - Surrey Bylaws and Surrey RCMP have launched the COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Help Protect Our Waste Collection Workers

March 27, 2020 - Effective Mar. 30, all waste must be contained within carts. Large Item Pickup program is suspended.

Message from Chief Larry Thomas, Surrey Fire Service

March 26, 2020 - In these challenging and anxious times, it is vital that we present a united front.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 90-day Extension for Annual Flat Water and Sewer Payment

March 25, 2020 - The City of Surrey's Annual Flat Water and Sewer payment will be extended to July 2.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Mayor Doug McCallum - March 25

March 25, 2020 - "COVID-19 can and will be stopped, and the fight begins and ends with each of us. This battle is for the health of our communities, our neighborhoods, our older population that is the most vulnerable, our loved ones, our families and our individual self."

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Mayor Doug McCallum - March 23

March 23, 2020 - City of Surrey playgrounds, skateparks, and sports courts close until further notice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Mayor Doug McCallum - March 19

March 19, 2020 - "All of us are adjusting to new measures and approaches in how we go about our daily lives."

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Mayor Doug McCallum - March 18

March 16, 2020 - Increased measures are being taken against COVID-19. Read the full statement from Mayor McCallum.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update City of Surrey Recreational Facilities Closed Effective Tomorrow

March 15, 2020 - City of Surrey Recreation Centres, Ice Arenas, Culture Facilities, Surrey Nature Centre, Community Rooms and Pools and Libraries will be closed effective tomorrow (Monday, March 16) until further notice. Mayor Doug McCallum has directed the closure of all City of Surrey Recreation Centres, Ice Arenas, Culture Facilities, Surrey Nature Centre, Community Rooms and Pools and Libraries to minimize the risk of transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Full refunds will be provided to anyone who has registered for activities affected by the closure and library due dates will be suspended during this period.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: City of Surrey Organized Events Over 250 People Cancelled

March 12, 2020 - Events organized by City of Surrey that host more than 250 people are cancelled until further notice

City of Surrey Receives National Award for Financial Reporting

March 10, 2020 - Surrey was recently presented the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting.

Surrey Steps Up celebrates positive youth-driven initiatives in Surrey

Hundreds of youth celebrated the positive contributions that young people are making in Surrey.

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

March 6, 2020 - Working smoke alarms provide an early warning and can be the difference between life and death.

City of Surrey Recognized as One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

March 6, 2020 - Surrey has been recognized for successful diversity and inclusion initiatives in a variety of areas.

Party for the Planet Returns to Surrey Civic Plaza to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

March 4, 2020 - Party for the Planet, presented by TD, returns to Surrey Civic Plaza on Saturday, April 18.

Museum of Surrey’s Latest Exhibition Explores How We’re All Connected to the Arctic

February 28, 2020 - Arctic Voices uses interactive experiences to convey that the Arctic is more than just snow.

Day One of Surrey Police Department

February 27, 2020 - The City of Surrey has been given approval to proceed with the formation of Surrey Police Department

Surrey City Council Amends Bylaws to Support Fair Competition Between Taxi and Ride Hailing Companies

February 25, 2020 - Council supports Inter-Municipal Business Licence for ride-hailing.

Ride-Hailing Injunction Court Ruling

February 7, 2020 - The City of Surrey will abide by today’s court ruling.

Celebrity Sledge Hockey Game at Surrey’s Newest Arena

February 1, 2020 - Featuring Hayley Wickenheiser and the Humboldt Broncos’ Ryan Straschnitzki

Major Step Forward for Surrey Langley SkyTrain

January 30, 2020 - The business case is complete and in the hands of senior government.

North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex Hosts Official Grand Opening

January 18, 2020 - The North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex marked its official grand opening on January 18, 2020.

City of Surrey Among Canada’s Top Employers for Young People

January 17, 2020 - The City of Surrey has been selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Building Permits Issued in Surrey Breaks $2 Billion Mark

January 16, 2020 - The City of Surrey set a new record in building permit values issued in 2019.

Single-use Plastic Shopping Bag Ban in the Works for Surrey

January 14, 2020 - City staff asked to start work on developing a new bylaw to be enacted by January 2021.

Busy Surrey Travel Corridor Gets Faster and More Frequent Service with RapidBus

January 7, 2020 - The new RapidBus delivers fast and frequent service on one of Surrey’s busiest travel corridors.