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City of Surrey

Surrey, BC Best Large Communities:
Nominee

Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in Metro Vancouver and has the 2nd lowest municipal tax for business with over 2,000 new businesses each year. Surrey recently launched a new economic strategy, developed with $1M in partnership funding and consultation with our business community which outlines 4 pillars: investment attraction, innovation, workforce development, and building competitive communities, including 20 initiatives to support local companies. One initiative is SparkBiz which allows City staff to understand and develop solutions to a business challenge through outreach. After our program identified skills shortages as a critical challenge, the City partnered with 10 businesses to fund a marketing campaign to promote local talent and job opportunities. The City also partnered with KPU, SFU and local companies to develop a $225K labour market strategy to address skills shortages. In 2017 the City hosted 5 capacity building events with over 200 participating businesses.

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