Government Relationship


  • Facilitates two-way dialogue between DSBIA and all levels of government
  • Identifies priorities and sets objectives
  • Develops position documents on key issues
  • Counsels the Board on how to respond to key issues
  • Advocates for economic growth and infrastructure for City Centre

Chair: Bill Cunningham

Our Success

  • A number of City bylaws or business license provisions have been adopted due to advocacy:
    • Revitalization Tax Incentive Program – to encourage property owners who carry out exterior improvements over $25,000 by not incurring increases in property taxes for the improvements for five years. This is the best such program in BC. The incentive period was extended to 2011.
    • Our request for a minimum distance between pharmacies for the BIA area was adopted and expanded to include all of Surrey. This will help limit the number of methadone Dispensing pharmacies in the BIA area which act as magnets for antisocial behaviour and open drug dealing.
    • Our request for the use of Good Neighbour Agreements for Community Service providers in the BIA area was adopted by the City and is also being used with pharmacies and other types of businesses to help insure that if community members have concerns with activities at or around properties that businesses are required to work with the community to resolve issues.
  • Hosted candidate forums for Federal Election in 2011 & 2008; Provincial Election in 2005 & 2009; and Civic Election in 2008
  • Presentations to individual politicians at the Civic, Provincial and Federal Levels to advocate for New City Centre Library, Performing Arts Centre, and funding to address concerns regarding housing & homelessness
  • Hosted public forum on Methadone Dispensaries in February 2005 – attended by MLA Brenda Locke, BC College of Pharmacists and Fraser Health Authority
  • Presentation to BC Standing Committee on Finance in support of increased support for SFU Surrey Campus
  • Presentations to City Council and/or Committees
    • Annual submissions to Finance Committee since 2004 regarding the City’s Capital and Operating Budget. Encouragement of infrastructure investments in BIA area as well as appropriate staff levels in policing, bylaw enforcement and planning. The BIA was either the only, or one of only 2 or 3 groups making presentations.
    • Other presentations include: Level of Social Services in Whalley; Concerns regarding King George Boulevard and 135A Street.


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