Surrey, City of
City staff showing their support for International Women's Day  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Surrey, City of was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

  • City of Surrey helps students gain career-level experience through co-op placements and a technical student program, offering opportunities in a variety of fields including engineering, water and sewer planning, media design and application analysts (to name a few)
  • City of Surrey manages a two-year Emerging Leaders program to provide new and emerging leaders with education, work experience and self-development opportunities -- the program includes formal training, workplace experiences, team assignments and mentoring
  • City of Surrey offers a Surrey Fire Service Administrative Development Program for firefighters interested in a management career within the service -- the two-year program provides participants with training, self-development opportunities, and work experiences including acting roles in management positions
Lifeguards oversee an outdoor pool at the City of Surrey  


Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,051
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities summer student program (post-secondary students between 15 and 30, roles such as junior leaders in Museum and Heritage, day camp positions that support children with disabilities, parks positions that support free activities at various city parks), BCIT Supervisory Skills training, Manager 101 program for aspiring supervisors and new leaders, City Essentials workshop for new employees (overview of the city's programs, services, demographics, and policies and opportunity to network with other staff), Personal Development Planning program, apprenticeship programs for roles including heavy duty mechanics, carpenters, machinists, millwrights, and welders, Surrey Fire Service Administrative Development Program for firefighters interested in a management career (2-year program that includes training, self-development opportunities, and work experience)
Additional highlights New Horizons pilot program (work experience for Indigenous people, refugees and youth aging out of care), Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHARP) and Surrey's Natural Area's Partnership (SNAP) for post-secondary and high school students, Surrey Leadership Youth Council, Surrey Youth Event Squad to engage young people with the city's youth events, Girls Empowerment Program for female youth in grades 8 to 10 (in partnership with the Surrey School District and Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society, provides positive adult mentorship through discussions and activities focused on self-care, mental health, positive engagement, and building healthy relationships), Service Above Self Surrey Youth Awards (managed in partnership with the Semiahmoo Rotary Club and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, honours youth aged 15 to 21 in Surrey and White Rock who are modelling "Service Above Self" to make a difference in the community)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Surrey, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • City of Surrey strives to create inclusive and accessible services for its citizens, partnering with Canucks Autism Network to increase autism awareness and improve access to sensory friendly spaces and services the city
  • Over the past years, the city has introduced sensory friendly services and spaces, designed to create a supportive environment for individuals who have autism spectrum disorder, anxiety or other sensory-processing needs -- the spaces are quieter, may have dimmed lights, quiet activities, comfortable seating and sensory toys such as stress balls.
  • City of Surrey created an Inclusive Employer Awards program to recognize local businesses that create welcoming environments for persons with disabilities
City of Surrey staff wear pink in support of Pink Shirt Day  


Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,051
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives All Our Relations social innovation strategy (developed by the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee to improve economic participation, educational attainment, and health outcomes for the Indigenous population in Surrey), Measuring Up advisory committee (to support the city on all things related to accessibility)
Recruitment initiatives female firefighter recruitment plan, Surrey Fire Services hosts Women in Firefighting workshops, New Horizons pilot program to provide work experience opportunities for Indigenous peoples, refugees and youth aging out of care
Training and awareness initiatives Museum of Surrey hosted a anti-racism speaker series in 2021, training on inclusive language and practices for LGBTQ2S+, human rights, respectful workplace, and autism awareness, staff education inclusion calendar with cultural events and important cultural milestones
Diversity highlights introduced sensory-friendly spaces within recreation programming and at special events to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (created in partnership with Canucks Autism Network), adapted sports program to support and encourage individuals with disabilities to maintain active, healthy lifestyles, 5 facilities have received Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified Gold, is developing an accessibility design resource guide to ensure future civic buildings and renovations are built to universal design standard, organizes Inclusive Employer Awards to recognize businesses who promote inclusion for persons with disabilities (organized in partnership with several community organizations)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Surrey, City of was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • City of Surrey implemented its city-wide updated waste collection system in 2012, with residents separating waste, recyclables and organics, and achieving an 80 per cent waste diversion rate
  • City of Surrey manages a unique organic biofuel processing facility to process collected organics with the renewable natural gas being used to help power its growing fleet of natural gas-powered garbage collection trucks
  • City of Surrey's sustainability office and engineering department has partnered with Surrey Schools to develop an integrated sustainability education program that is geared to students in Grades 2 through 10 -- the program reaches 16,000 students annually and includes a comprehensive approach to sustainability education by integrating energy, water, and waste concepts
City of Surrey park ambassadors remind visitors to enjoy the outdoors safely during the pandemic  


Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,051
Part-time employees in Canada 2,328
Employee green team sustainability office, Energy Smart team (includes employee representation from each type of facility that the city operates)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Sustainability Manager
Formal strategy/policy name Surrey Sustainability Charter (first adopted in 2008, updated in 2016), climate action strategy (includes greenhouse gas reduction targets of net-zero by 2050), biodiversity conservation strategy (est. 2014), Newton Sustainability in Action Plan (est. 2019), coastal flood adaptation strategy ($187-million investment over the next 7 years to address sea-level changes faced by the city’s coastal floodplain area)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Love Where You Live campaign (to engage residents in becoming stewards of their communities through volunteer activities), tree protection bylaws require 2 trees to be planted for every single tree removed on private property, tree shade management program recognizes trees' role in mitigating heating and cooling costs as well as other environmental benefits, Empower Me (a regional free energy conservation program that largely assists new Canadians and is designed to aid members of diverse, multilingual communities in understanding energy bills and choices, how to save energy, and increase comfort in their homes)
Noteworthy initiatives operates a biofuel processing facility that turns over 115,000 tonnes of organic waste into renewable natural gas used to power the city's growing fleet of natural gas-powered waste collection trucks and service vehicles (and is the largest biofuel processing facility in North America), is also working with Metro Vancouver in the development of a one-stop waste drop-off facility (Eco-centre) for residents and small businesses across the region
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, ongoing LED street light replacement program
Extended recycling organics, paper use reduction strategy and a new strategy to reduce the use of single-use items, uniforms and apparel, hosts unique pop-up junk collection events throughout the year for residents to properly dispose of all types of waste, construction materials (municipal collection program has targeted a 70% diversion rate and refunds deposit fees when company meet or exceed the diversion rate targets)
Commuter amenities partnership with Modo (co-op car-sharing service) for work-related staff use, Commuter Challenge, Bike to Work Week, preferred parking for carpoolers, formal electric vehicle strategy (includes initiatives to ensure accessible charging infrastructure and the adoption of EV's by citizens, moving to electric fleet vehicles with the goal of 100% of the fleet being zero-emission vehicles), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships BC Hydro and FortisBC (energy management programs), Pembina Institute, Community Energy Association of BC, Surrey Environmental Partners, Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society, Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (conducted in partnership with Dillon Consulting), Surrey Natural Areas Partnership (summer student employment program to enhance and protect the city's urban forests; partners include Green Timbers Heritage Society, Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society, and White Rock and Surrey Naturalists Society); Earth Day and World Oceans Day (working in partnership with approximately 30 community partners and coordinated by the city’s urban forest stewardship team, Surrey's Environmental Extravaganza includes a series of free environmental programs and events that normally takes place between Earth Day and World Oceans Day (editor's note: the initiative was paused during the pandemic and launched as a self-guided program)

The Career Directory

Surrey, City of has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
City of Surrey employees from parks, recreation and culture attend the department's annual appreciation event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Municipal government
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Engineering Assistant, Plan Checker, Community Services Assistant, Labourer, Accounting Clerk, Telecommunication Operator, HR Assistant, General Operations Clerk, Planning Technician, Lifeguard, Administrative Assistant, Program Instructor
Starting salary $35K to $40K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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