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Moving to Surrey

City Centre skyline in 2016

Welcome to Surrey! We are a city full of nature-filled parks, local and accessible recreation centres and vibrant arts and heritage. Surrey is a great place for families, to work and to enjoy life.

Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia, with a population of over 500,000. Our population continues to grow as people from around the world move to one of the youngest and most culturally diverse cities in Canada.

Surrey has 6 community centres that people call home:

Skyline of Surrey City Centre

City Centre

Surrey City Centre is the region’s emerging 2nd downtown. This area is developing into a walkable, transit-oriented downtown core for business, cultural, & entertainment activity.

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Statue in Cloverdale town centre


A mix of historic and newer neighbourhoods, such as West Cloverdale and East Clayton, Cloverdale is where the past and future meet.

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Inside the Surrey Sport & Leisure Centre in Fleetwood


Home to many parks and the Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex, Fleetwood offers something for those young and old.

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A family walks over a bridge to Tynehead Park


Natural walking trails, easy access to city centre and a growing residential development, Guildford continues to develop into a well-rounded community.

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Banners hanging in Newton town centre


Home to a variety of educational, recreational and cultural facilities, Newton is a culturally diverse community with something for everyone.

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Surrey beach at dusk

South Surrey

An exciting community of beaches, heritage, and mountain views, South Surrey houses treasured parks and premier recrecational facilities.

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Surrey City Centre


Whalley is one of Surrey's oldest neighbourhoods. It is a culturally vibrant community. It is home to Surrey City Hall, universities, major festivals & performing art centres.

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Skytrain at Surrey Central


There’s plenty to do and see in the City of Surrey. Check out our parks, see some art, or attend an event. We're located 40 minutes from Vancouver, at the crossroads of the Pacific Rim, Greater Vancouver and the USA.

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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.

Language Services

Surrey Libraries have books in different languages and places to practice English with other learners. Surrey City Hall also offers free translation if you have questions about living in Surrey.


​Surrey is building a community where everyone is included. This means making it easy for everyone to get around the city and take part no matter their ability. Learn more about Surrey’s commitment to accessibility.

Community Services

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

New to Canada

Welcome! The City of Surrey has many newcomer activities, programs and services to help you settle into life in Canada.

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