Demographic Information

​Surrey geographically is the largest city in British Columbia. Its population is second to Vancouver but it’s expected to become the largest city in B.C. with 760,000 residents by 2041. Additionally, while the number of immigrants to British Columbia has been declining since the 1990s, the immigrant population in Surrey has increased by 63.7% between 2001 and 2011, significantly higher than the increase of 23.7% for Metro Vancouver. 

Newcomers come for many different reasons. In B.C., in a typical year, about 60% come as skilled workers. Approximately 1 in 3 arrive within the family class to reunite with their relatives. In B.C. only about 5% of newcomers come as refugees. Currently Surrey receives 26% – more refugees than any other B.C. municipality.

In preparation for the Surrey LIP strategic planning processes, our team collected a number of Surrey-specific demographic resources which, we believe, will be useful for our stakeholders and community members in their research, program development and proposal writing. 

  • 2016 Census Surrey Profile data topics include: Population and dwelling counts; Age and sex; Families, households and marital status; Structural type of dwelling and collectives; and Language
  • 2016 Data Product Geography Series data topics include: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity; Aboriginal Peoples; Education and Labour; Type of Dwelling; Language of work; Income and Housing..
  • Surrey LIP Fact Sheets topics include: Who Surrey Immigrants Are? Why Do We Need Newcomers? Refugees in Surrey; Recent Immigration Trends. 
  • City of Surrey Demographic Community Profile (Census 2016) data topics include: Aboriginal population; Age and gender; Education; Families; Households, Housing; Immigration; Income-Employment; Income-Low; Income-Total; Labour Force; Language; Mobility.
  • Immigrant Demographics by New to BC (2018) data topics include Immigration trends; Immigrants by period of immigration; Immigrants and youth by period of immigration; Age distribution: immigrants, recent immigrants, and Canadian-born; Population age at immigration; Top 10 places of birth - by total and recent immigrant population; Share of population by religion - ranked by % of total immigrant population and many other topics.

  • My Health My Community: This report (2015) provides an overview of health and wellness in Surrey that will give residents, community agencies and local governments a better understanding of the factors influencing health in their community. City of Surrey

  • United Way Report (2015)  data topics include: Population indicators; Economic indicators; Social indicators; comprehensive profile of population in Surrey. United Way

Note: Starting in 2011, information previously collected by the mandatory long-form census questionnaire is collected as part of the voluntary National Household Survey. In 2011 Census and NHS: City of Surrey is Census subdivision; Surrey North, Surrey Centre and Surrey Newton are Federal electoral districts.