Christmas on the George

Christmas is coming early to King George Boulevard! From now until December 12th 2016, celebrate #ChristmasOnTheGeorge, a chance to #EatLocal, #ShopLocal, and win one of many fabulous gift baskets valued at over $400.

To enter, all you need to do is go into a participating business and ask for your Christmas on the George entry form! Participating businesses will have the above sign displayed outside their storefront, and there is a list of them below. No purchase is required (however we would love if you chose to support our local businesses) and each person is allowed ONE entry per store. The winners of the contest will be announced on December 12th at our Mugs and Mingle event, which will take place inside our office at 10362 King George Blvd from 4-6 pm. This event will provide free coffee and hot chocolate, and serve as an opportunity for members of the community and local businesses to mingle and talk with each other. The winners will also be announced on our social media channels following the Mugs and Mingle event.

We encourage you to follow our social media channels for updates on the Christmas on the George contest, business promos from shops participating in the contest, as well as sneak peeks at some of the prizes included in the gift baskets! You can follow us at:

Facebook – @downtownsurreybia | Twitter – @dtsurreybia | Instagram – @dtsurrey



If you have any questions or comments about the contest, you can contact us at 604-580-2321. Thanks for choosing to celebrate #ChristmasOnTheGeorge with us this holiday season!

List of Business Participating:

  • African Cultural Village (10679 King George Blvd)
  • Blenz (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Browns Social House (9666 King George Blvd)
  • Bros BBQ (13652 Grosvenor Rd)
  • Bozzini’s (13655 104 Ave)
  • Canadian Tire (13665 102 Ave)
  • Craving for a Game (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Fukuda Sushi (10537 King George Blvd)
  • Lorenzo Clothing (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Mucho Burrito (9666 King George Blvd)
  • Nahm Thai (13650 102 Ave)
  • Northwest Eye Doctor (13737 96 Ave)
  • Pharmasave (10654 King George Blvd)
  • Past Time Sports (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Pet Solutions (10602 King George Blvd)
  • Round Up Café (10449 King George Blvd)
  • Safeway (10355 King George Blvd)
  • Save-On-Foods (10312 King George Blvd)
  • Staples (10136 King George Blvd)
  • Starbucks (10362 King George Blvd)
  • Sprite Computers (13597 King George Blvd)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Tandy Leather (13624 108 Ave)
  • Taste of Punjab (10009 Whalley Blvd)
  • Whalley Optical (10706 King George Blvd)

Surrey Social Innovation Summit

From The City of Surrey:

Across Canada, cities are increasingly turning to social innovation to address complex community-based issues including poverty, addiction, unemployment, affordable housing, health and safety. In Surrey, we’re also seeing that new ideas, more creativity and greater collaboration between government, agencies, academics, and the community can have dramatic positive impacts on people and organizations. On November 23rd, some of Canada’s most effective and inspiring social innovation leaders will come to the 2nd Annual Surrey Social Innovation Summit to share their unique experience and insight, along with social innovation success stories from their communities. It’s a chance for us to carry on the conversation from last year’s inaugural Summit and to explore new ways to build better communities. Please join us at this exciting event and add your voice to this exciting dialogue for change. To register and learn more, please visit

Foodrazer Success

Ryley Chloe car seat
On Saturday, July 25, Ryley Patterson, 5 and her best friend Chloe Gravel-Fallis, 3, held a Foodrazer for the Surrey Food Bank in the parking lot at the A & W on 102 Avenue in Surrey.

The girls had planned a variety of games and Dr. Wilson, their friend from Phoenix Society whose volunteer Red Shirts were there to help, came out and won a ribbon by putting a puzzle together. He also joined them in a Zumba Dance.

“It’s so important to support youth that have such a passion,” said Michael Wilson.

Their policeman friend, Josh Waltman attended with his daughter, Norah, 2.

“We wouldn’t miss it,” said Josh. “Norah loves playing with Chloe and Ryley.”

Children who stopped by participated in the duck pond game, the sucker pull and the ping pong ball in a glass game to win prizes. They also got to make some crafts and have their faces painted, all activities planned by Ryley and Chloe.

But it wasn’t all about Fun & Games. There was lots of information about safety and people were invited to stop by to drop off their old car seats so they wouldn’t be left by the side of the road. Over 30 car seats were collected and prepared for recycling.

The girls raised over $220 and 400 pounds of food for the Surrey Food Bank.

Movies Under the Stars

Movies Under the Stars Logo

Movies Under the Stars will take place in the first four Saturdays in August 2015 at Holland Park (if we get enough sponsorship, we will also add the fifth Saturday).

What movies would you like to see? They must be family-friendly and under two hours in length. Right now, the top contenders are:

  • Big Hero Six
  • Home
  • Cinderella
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Wreck it Ralph
  • Brave
  • Maleficent

Send your favourite 5 movie titles to so we can include your votes in our tabulations.


Vote YES for the Future

You are invited to come and learn why it’s important to vote YES for the Mayors’ Plan.
We will be hosting two info sessions at different times in the day to make them more accessible.
Thursday, March 12th11:45am – 1:30pm Neptune Restaurant
10153 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC


4pm – 6pm  Chuck Bailey Rec Centre
13458 – 107A Avenue, Surrey, BC
Please invite your co-workers and neighbours to attend with you.
There will be delicious food for you to enjoy, so please bring your friends!

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 sign. It states:
“One of the most important decisions facing Metro Vancouver for the next generation is the 2015 Referendum on transit, transportation, and goods and people movement. A positive outcome is a crucial step to expand transportation options, strengthen our economy, reduce pollution, improve the health of our communities, and help make this region a more affordable place to live.”
In addition to the diverse collection of organizations who comprise the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, other groups – including student and educational organizations, medical health officers and others – have also already signed on to its pledge.

The Mayors’ Council will be voting on December 11, on whether or not to proceed with the mail-in ballot question and recommended revenue source.

For further information, contact Elizabeth Model at the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association at 604-580-2321.

Nominate A Winner

Do you know someone who is making Surrey a great place to live?

The City of Surrey is calling for submissions for the 2014 City Awards Program – a family of awards introduced in 2011 to celebrate excellence in urban design and sustainable community development, beautification and heritage. Submissions for 2014 will be accepted beginning April 22nd through to June 23, 2014.

The City Awards recognize citizens, community groups, businesses and developers who are making outstanding contributions. The awards are part of the City’s ongoing commitment to programs and initiatives that support the City’s vibrant communities, promote modern urban development, protect and enhance the environment, and celebrate our heritage.

“There are so many remarkable individuals and exceptional projects within Surrey that deserve special recognition,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “The City Awards help celebrate and showcase important accomplishments in areas such as: sustainable living, community spirit, civic beautification and excellence in building and urban design.”

This year’s six award categories include:
 NewCity Design Award: Excellence in Urban Design & City Building
 Clean Energy City Award: Innovation in Energy Conservation & Efficiency
 Heart in the City Award: Selfless Acts of Community Spirit
 Beautiful City Award: Outstanding Contributions in Civic Beautification
 Green City Award: Environmental Leaders who Take Action & Inspire
 Heritage Award: Excellence in heritage preservation, interpretation and promotion

Candidates may be nominated or submitted from April 22 to June 23, 2014. Award recipients will be recognized by Mayor and Council during the City Awards reception on October 22, 2014.

Nomination and submission details are available at

DSBIA AGM Guest Speaker

Michael A. Goldberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus, The Sauder School of Business, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

His academic and public career spanned four plus decades.  From January 2002 to December 2004 he was Associate Vice President International at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the HR Fullerton Professor of Urban Land Policy in the UBC Sauder School of Business where he served as Dean of 1991 to 1997.  He joined UBC in 1968 on completing his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.  His research addresses cities, their transportation, housing and land use systems and their competitive position in the global economy and the policies needed to global enhance this competitiveness.  He has also explored globalizing real estate markets and Asian property investors in particular. Of special interest has been the economics of urban land policy and its impact on housing, urban development and transportation.  In this vein, he has stressed the necessity of understanding the interaction of urban transportation and urban land use policies.

He is currently a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Chair of the Board of the Surrey City Development Corporation and has served on more than a dozen other publicly listed company boards.

He has wholly or partly authored 9 books and over 200 academic and professional articles and applied them successfully with diverse businesses and governments in North America, Asia and Europe, often working with citizen, business and community groups, as well as governments to help them adapt to the changing demands of the global economy. He has given 60+ invited lectures at 50+ universities and research institutes in 16 countries, and numerous academic and public talks across Canada and in over two dozen countries. 

City of Surrey Facade Enhancement Program

Are you planning to upgrade the facade of your business this year? Check this out!

The City of Surrey’s Facade Enhancement Grant program will provide a grant matching up to 30% of the eligible costs to a maximum of $3,000 to commercial property owners who want to improve their storefront facades.

See Program Overview and Guidelines for more information. See the Facade Enhancement Application Form.

Curious if your project would apply? Describe it for us briefly in an email to and our Beautification Planner will contact you shortly.

Benefits to business include:

  • Attracting customers
  • Improving the marketability of the area
  • Making city streets a more inviting and interesting place to walk and shop
  • Building civic pride within the local business community
  • Contributing to the quality of life of residents, employees and visitors in Surrey

Eligible enhancements include:

  • Restoration of exterior finishes/and or repainting of exterior facades
  • Repair and/or replacement of frontage windows and doors
  • Exterior lighting
  • Repair or replacement of signs and other fixtures
  • Installation or repair of awnings
  • Addition of patio areas and permanent landscape features
  • Improvement of wheelchair access
  • Repair or restoration of facade masonry, brickwork or wood
  • Enhancement and removal of safety bars

Eligible properties for 2013/2014

  • Property that is located along King George Blvd between 107 Ave and Bentley Road, fronting King George Blvd.
  • The property is used for business purposes including not-for-profit businesses
  • Improvements to building facade on the property’s frontage (along King George Blvd)

Eligible applicants

  • Applicant must be a property owner or business owner. If the applicant is a tenant/business owner the applicant must have the approval of the property owner in writing
  • Applicant must be current on all property tax obligations
  • Business owners must have a valid Surrey Business License

Application requirements

  • Completed Facade Enhancement Program Application form
  • Before photo of your storefront
  • Sketch/rendering of the proposed enhancements
  • A signed letter from the owner of the property permitting the applicant (if not the owner) to participate in the program

Application process

  • reviewed on a case by case basis
  • no deadline for application, applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis
  • applicant submits application to
  • subject to approval by a Project Review Committee and City Council
  • subject to availability of funding


  • Funded projects should be completed within one year of Council approval
  • Applicants must provide proof of payment (receipts, paid invoices) for all eligible enhancements within 30 days of project completion
  • Project costs are subject to audit by the City


Please email, mail or fax the completed Facade Enhancement Program Application and application requirements to

Shira Standfield
Civic Beautification Planner
14245 56th Ave, Surrey, BC, V3X 3A2
Phone: 504.598.5780 Fax: 604.598.5781

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