Over the past 3 decades, western Canada has seen an incredible influx of immigration. This, plus Vancouver’s over-inflated housing market has made Surrey the fastest-growing suburb in the entire country, and the second largest city in British Columbia.
15,000 new businesses have opened in Surrey since 2005, and 11 billion dollars spent on construction. Surrey is actually growing at four times the rate of Vancouver and is soon expected to surpass Vancouver by population. Many people are coming from China, the Philippines and especially South Asia every day, and a third of them are under 19. This is jump-starting our housing market, and fuelling the revitalization of our suburban neighbourhoods.
This transformation has caught the attention of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada who recently featured Surrey in their In-Context documentary series. The series tells stories about architecture and urban design while advocating for the importance of architecture’s role in addressing the most pressing issues facing Canadian cities.