Strategic Direction: Engaged Community

GOAL: Surrey is a welcoming and inclusive city that supports all newcomer residents to belong, make community connections, and actively participate in all that Surrey has to offer

In 2016-2017, as part of the Engaged Community Strategic Direction of the Surrey Immigrant Integration Strategy, the Surrey LIP undertook a number of initiatives including:

  • True Colours of Surrey Project: This anti-racism initiative was led by the Surrey LIP with funds provided by the Province of BC. The initiative aimed to:
  • Special Citizenship Ceremony: With funding provided through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and in close collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Surrey LIP convened a group of community representatives to organize and host a Special Citizenship Ceremony at Surrey City Hall. The day included roundtable discussions about what is means to be Canadian, the official Citizenship Ceremony held in Council Chambers, and a celebration of the 60 new Canadian citizens.  
  • Special Citizenship Ceremony Committee: In order to host the Special Citizenship Ceremony, the Surrey LIP convened a group of eighteen community members representing nine different community agencies to organize the events around the official citizenship ceremony, including the community roundtable and the citizenship celebration. The committee met a minimum of once a month for 6 months, leading up to the ceremony.
  • Newcomer Civic Engagement: In early 2017 the Surrey LIP began a three-year partnership with UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning to complete a research project aimed at making recommendations on how to more effectively include newcomers in the urban development processes in Vancouver and Surrey. This Inclusive Planning Partnership (IPP)  is funded by SSHRC and supported by a team of SCARP graduate students.