Better Transit and Transportation Coalition Forms

New Coalition Forms to Support Better Transit and Transportation Investment
Business, labour, environmental, community and other organizations have formed the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition to support the Mayors’ Council regional transportation improvement plan for dramatic transit and transportation improvements.

The new Coalition’s founding members include the Vancouver Board of Trade; Unifor, Canada’s newest and largest private sector union; Tourism Vancouver; Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association; David Suzuki Foundation; Greater Vancouver Gateway Council; and BC Chamber of Commerce.

“Our coalition is quickly gathering momentum,” said Iain Black, CEO of the Vancouver Board of Trade. “We’re one proud part of a full range of environmental, labour, transportation, tourism, health and other groups, and together we’re focused on fighting congestion through transit and transportation improvements.

“Whether you ride the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express or any combination of those, our riders see the urgent need for better transit service just to deal with existing demand, let alone what happens when Metro Vancouver grows by 1 million more people over 30 years,” said Unifor BC Area Director Gavin McGarrigle. Unifor represents over 30,000 members in BC, including 5,000 transit operators, mechanics, SeaBus and maintenance workers in Metro Vancouver in Union locals 111 and 2200.

“The Mayors transit and transportation plan is designed for future generations, with a clear focus on increased goods movement, and it contains plans for managing congestion more effectively over the next 30 years.” said Elizabeth Model, CEO of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, also a founding member of the Coalition.  ”It starts with a specific 10-year plan that will begin next year if the public approves it in the regional Referendum.”

One of the Coalition’s first initiatives has been circulating a Pledge for interested citizen groups and organizations to […]

By |December 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Big Rigs for Kids

Prospera’s Big Rigs for Kids is back for the fifth year! Big Rigs for Kids, more commonly known as the Lighted Truck Parade, will be illuminating the streets of Surrey on Sunday, December 7th from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

The Parade of Lights will consist of trucks all dressed up in bright and colourful Christmas lights. Starting from Cloverdale Town Centre at
5:00 pm, the convoy will then move towards Downtown Surrey. The lighted  trucks will then park along Old Yale Road – north of Holland Park and everyone will have a chance to see them up close. It’s a great opportunity to have your picture taken in front of the trucks with thousands of lights.

The Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau will be on site starting at 5:30pm. The North Surrey Lions Club will also be selling hot
dogs and hot chocolate. Carollers will be singing Christmas carols later in the evening. 

Come out to take pictures and vote for your favourite truck by donation. The vehicle with the most votes will also win a trophy!

All proceeds will go towards the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

On December 7th, be sure to bring your family and friends Holland Park  to enjoy this wonderful festive event.

By |November 18th, 2014|Event|0 Comments|

Santa Window Walk

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Get into the spirit of the holidays with the second annual Santa Window Walk on Thursday November 20th from 11:30am-1:30pm.

The Santa Window Walk is a fun holiday event that connects local businesses with charities/non-profits for a fun lunch hour of music, art, and holiday spirit. Each charity/non-profit will be paired with a business. Artists from local high schools will then paint the window of the business with a holiday theme that represents that charity/non-profit.

On November 20th from 11:30am-1:30pm everyone is invited to walk around and admire the windows. Charities will be stationed outside their business fundraising for their cause with various holiday activities. Participants are encouraged to donate to their favorite windows and participate in these various holiday activities.

Charities/non-profits will also be handing out ballots to all those who stop by their window.  These ballots can be submitted to the Dell Shopping Centre by 1:30 PM on November 20th for a chance to win some great prizes.

Be sure to check out our Map for a complete listing of charity and business pairings as well as performance locations by clicking here.

By |November 6th, 2014|Event|0 Comments|

What do the candidates have to say?

We have asked the candidates a number of questions.

See what they have to say … candidates responses


By |October 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

New Sign Bylaw

There is a new sign bylaw in effect in Surrey. Do you know what signs are allowed and what signs are illegal? The Downtown Surrey BIA is hosting 2 meetings with City of Surrey Staff to help businesses in the area learn about the new requirements and find out what you can do to comply.

Date: Tuesday, September 30 from 8-9am or Wednesday, October 1 from 5:30-6:30pm

Where: suite 330 – 10362 King George Blvd., Surrey (London Station – enter beside Johnson Meier Insurance)

Please RSVP.


By |September 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

All Candidates Meetings


The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association will be hosting All Candidates meetings for the upcoming Civic Election (November 15, 2014).

Mayoral Candidates: Thursday, October 23 at 7pm

Councillor Candidates: Monday, October 27 at 6:30pm

Both events will be held at SFU Surrey (13450 102 Avenue, Surrey).

All candidates will be given a list of questions to answer prior to the event and the answers will be posted on this website. Initial questions to the candidates at the meeting will be based on the answers they provide to the questions given in advance. Written questions will be taken from the floor – note: questions from the floor cannot be directed to one candidate.

If you would like a question on a specific area given to all candidates in advance, please send your area of interest or question to no later than October 9, 2014. We do not guarantee all questions will be included but want to cover the important areas of concern.

By |September 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Surrey Fire Fighters Bike for Mental Health

Keeping things hot this summer is the Surrey Fire Fighter’s 100k in a Day Bike Ride.

The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society will host a 100-kilometre bike ride around the City of Surrey to support physical and mental health in the community. The 100K in a Day Ride for Community Health will start and end at Central City Shopping Centre on Friday, August 12th from 9AM to 3PM.

Cyclists of all fitness level can ride in one of three levels: Recreation, Intermediate and Challenge. The bike route will include pit stops at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, Morgan Crossing, as well as Guildford Town Centre. Cyclists and supporters can meet at the finish line for a barbeque and refreshments. Not only that, but an antique fire truck will also be waiting there for fun pictures! All proceeds from the BBQ and wind-up event will go towards the Surrey Fire Fighter’s Charitable Society.

The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society started in 1994 to help support and give back to the city of Surrey. For the past 15 years, the Surrey Fire Fighters have been funding programs such as the Nutritional Snack Program to provide healthy food for Surrey students.

Join us at Central City Plaza cheer on the cycling heroes, and enjoy the charity barbeque, fundraising activities and live entertainment. For more information on how to get involved, check out

By |August 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Sustainable Surrey

For the first time, the BIA has been able to bring on a Sustainability Intern to work on developing a environmental sustainability strategy in Businesses within the Downtown Surrey Area. This summer our Sustainability Education Intern, Maureen Solmundson, has been hard at work researching and compiling a tool kit in order to improve sustainable business practices.

This tool kit, entitled Sustainability Starter Kit: Sustainable Surrey Starts Here, has been designed for small to medium businesses in order to engage and encourage them to adapt environmentally sustainable business practices. Each tool kit would come equip with: Toilet Tank Dye Tablets, a Kitchen Aerator, A Toilet Tank Bank, a Smart Power Strip, and CFL light bulbs, all contained in a reusable package. Solmundson’s goal is to lay the groundwork for environmental sustainability practices in businesses to continually be built upon. She hopes to acquire 200 Sustainability Starter Kits to send out initially.

With the launch of this free starter kit Solmundson hopes to both engage and educate small business owners on the importance of
environmentally sustainable businesses practices further contributing to the creation of a sustainable Surrey.

The DSBIA has applied for a number of grants to fund this initiative and hopes to hear by the end of the year whether the project will go beyond the planning stage.

By |August 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Long, Long Table: A Community Affair

We live in a bustling urban world. Though we are constantly surrounded, it feels as if we are drifting further apart from each other.  In order to help forge new connections and bring together the community, the Downtown Surrey BIA has decided to host an exciting new event The Long, Long Table.
The Long, Long Table is a unique event that aims to bring of all backgrounds and walks of life to come and share a meal together. Held at City Hall Plaza on Tuesday September 9th, The Long, Long Table event invites 500 people who work, live, and learn in Downtown Surrey for dinner. This encourages interaction that would not otherwise occur, enabling opportunities for friendship and networking within the community.
The event will begin with a networking portion started from 4:30-5:30 at City Hall, with everyone seated for dinner at 5:45pm. The dinner will be held in the new City Hall Plaza, which will elegantly decorated. Participants will be able to enjoy a delicious 5-course meal together.  From steaming samosas to refreshing blueberry pie, each of the five courses is inspired by different countries from around the world. In addition, while guests feast, background music from different cultures will be featured.
To be a part of this unique experience is easy. Tickets are available online at They can also be purchased at the Downtown Surrey BIA office located at Suite 330-10362 King George Blvd. Tickets are available for $35 plus GST.
On Tuesday, September 9th, escape the fast-paced nature of urban life and rediscover the beauty of connecting with your community through sharing a great meal at Surrey’s Long Table.

By |August 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Cool Down this Summer with Disney’s Frozen

“Do you want to build a snow man?”
On August 23rd come “chill” at Holland Park as Movies Under the Stars plays the hit film Frozen.

Presented by Prospera Credit Union, and hosted by the Downtown Surrey BIA, Movies Under the Stars transforms Holland Park into a free outdoor movie theatre every year.   Movies begin at dusk at Holland Park, but the fun begins at 5pm.

Join Queen Elsa on this extra –special night as she leads our very own Frozen Sign-A-Long. Grab your friends and participate in this fun outdoor sing-a-long by belting out the tunes from the hit song “Let it Go”.

Before the movie starts kids can look forward to face painting, Frozen-themed crafts, and a visit from Queen Elsa herself! Kids also have the chance to win prizes by participating in our trivia contest before the movie and two lucky children will even take home a brand new bicycle courtesy of Whalley Printers.

Grab a burger from the North Surrey Lions Club BBQ and watch some great performances.  Be astounded by the magical tricks of popular children’s performer Norden the Magician. Listen as Jr Talent Winner and PNE Showcase Star eight-year old, Tyson Venegas, steals your heart with his soulful charm.

Join us on August 23rd for the fourth and final night of this year’s Movies Under the Stars.  Snuggle up under the stars with family and friends and create great summer memories as Frozen is sure to melt your heart.

By |August 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|