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The Surrey and South Fraser Region

Surrey: the ideal place to engage a diverse and growing community

Some Surrey Facts:

  • Surrey is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Canada with an average growth rate of nearly 10,000 new residents per year.

  • With a population of 460,000 people, it is the 12th largest city in Canada and the second largest in British Columbia.  

  • According to the 2006 census, 38.3% of Surrey’s population are immigrants and forty-three percent of Surrey’s residents have a mother tongue language other than English.

  • Surrey is also a young city: one-third of the population is under 19 and attitudes of young people have changed.

  • A Surrey School District survey shows that from 2005 to 2008 there was a 10 percent increase in the number Grade 12 students planning for post-secondary studies.

SFU Surrey is perfectly situated to help the community achieve great things.

The young, diverse and growing City of Surrey is the ideal location to continue to grow SFU’s community engagement efforts to support and provide relevant programming to the internal and external communities it serves.

Some SFU Facts:

  • SFU Surrey opened in 2002, and enrollments are consistently over target. Over 7,000 students are now studying in over 30 degree programs in SFU's Faculties of Applied Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Communication, Art & Technology, Education, Environment, Health Sciences and Science. In addition, continuing education courses attract over 2,000 mid-career adults and seniors annually.

  • SFU’s impact on economic development has been incredibly positive, especially in revitalizing Surrey’s City Centre  which was recently designated Metro Vancouver’s second downtown core. The community has embraced the university with its support, receiving a $1 million donation from a local real estate developer as well as endowments to support programs in urban studies, mental health and addiction, student mobility and scholarships for local students.