Surrey is a suburban city in the Canadian province of British Columbia. With a population of 468,251, it is the second largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the Metro Vancouver area. Surrey is made up of six town centers (Fleetwood, North Surrey, Guildford, Newton, Cloverdale, and South Surrey), and is projected to increase its population by over 300,000 people in the next 30 years. The relative affordability, diversity, and quality of life have attracted many people to Surrey.
In 2011, the City of Surrey received a Cultural DIVERSEcity Award for its commitment to diversity through various initiatives aimed at ensuring all residents feel welcome, supported, and empowered. In addition, Surrey has been named in the World’s top 7 most intelligent communities for two consecutive years. The city has been recognized for its diversification strategies and partnerships between its institutions of higher learning and local business.
The excitement and buzz in Surrey are embodied in their official slogan: “The Future Lives Here.”
Here are some places that serve immigrants looking to live and work in Surrey:
- Skills Connect for Immigrants Program: Skills Connect aims to help skilled immigrants move more quickly into jobs that match their experience and background. They provide specialized assistance to immigrants by helping them prepare for and obtain employment in every sector of the B.C. economy: transportation, construction, manufacturing, tourism, and healthcare.
- DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society (DIVERSEcity): DIVERSEcity is a registered not-for-profit agency offering a wide range of services and programs to the culturally diverse communities of the lower mainland area of British Columbia. They have a strong commitment to raising awareness of the economic and cultural contributions immigrants make to Canadian society. Some of the programs they offer are:
- Settlement and community programs
- Language training and literacy programs
- Employment services and skills training services
- Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS): PCRS provides a range of services including education programs, employment, and housing for youth, adults, and families. PCRS also partners with AWARE Society to offer the Surrey Job Readiness Program (SJRP), a 12-week program that provides job seekers with the skills they need to find and keep employment.