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Surrey Board of Trade Receives National Business Support To Have Child Care On Nation's Business Agenda  

At the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting (AGM), held Sept. 28-29, 2014 in Charlottetown, P.E.I, the Surrey Board of Trade submitted a resolution, Reforming Canada's Child Care Plan. The Surrey Board of Trade received the unanimous support from the nation's business leaders to have the Canadian Government:

1. Work with the provinces and territories to fully examine the potential impact on productivity and the Canadian GDP of a countrywide system of child care with possible implications for child care rates and spaces. 
2. Ensure that the findings and policy recommendations associated with the aforementioned study should be delimited by, and respect, provincial jurisdictional limitations, as well as fiscal considerations, associated with the implementation of child care policy. 

"The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to see that child care is on the business and economic agenda, especially as in BC, and across the nation, we face skill and labour shortages. Parents need more support. It was wonderful to see the unanimous support from the delegates from the provinces of Alberta and Ontario. The Surrey Board of Trade referenced that Canadian productivity and economic competition would increase with a focus on child care. The study by the federal government will substantiate our perspective", said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. 

Even though Prime Minister Stephen Harper introduced a taxable Universal Child Care Benefit through his government seven years ago, the benefit for any working parent, searching for child care in this country, ca'/t find child care anywhere close to $100 a month.

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Waste Management Solutions Panel & Environment Award Winners

On Thursday, September 11th, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 8th Annual Surrey Environment and Business Awards Lunch, featuring a Waste Management Solutions Panel. The panelists spoke to topics such as Multi Material BC (MMBC), Organics Waste, and Bylaw 280 – Regulation of Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials. The five panelists were:

  • Mayor Derek Corrigan, Vice Chair of the Zero Waste Committee, Metro Vancouver
  • Neil Hastie, Global Product Stewardship Council
  • Candace Le Roy, Director, SFU Sustainability Office
  • Genevieve Blondin, Growing City
  • Nicole Stefenelli, Urban Impact 

The event also featured a presentation by Surrey Councillor Bruce Hayne on the Green Surrey Program, as well as the presentation of the Environment and Business Awards. The awards were presented to Surrey Board of Trade members or Surrey-based businesses that have demonstrated exceptional dedication to environmental leadership and/or issues. The award recipients are guided by a sense of respect for the environment and demonstrate this initiative consistently. 

This year’s winners are:
Small Business – TBF Environmental Technology Inc.

Medium Business – Novex Delivery Solutions

Large Business – Guildford Town Centre

For further information, please contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, at or at 604.634.0342.


Surrey Board of Trade met with Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

On Friday, September 5, at the Surrey Public Library, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander spoke with an invitation-only roundtable. Given Surrey’s large multicultural community and its direct line to Surrey’s economy, the Surrey Board of Trade focused on Canada’s immigration system as it evolves starting January 2015. The federal government will introduce a new application management system for selecting and processing economic immigrants: The Expression of Interest (EOI) system. 
The Surrey Board of Trade’s CEO, Anita Huberman, said that “this system represents a huge opportunity for B.C. and its employers but only if designed properly. In order to be successful the system must meet two key criteria: it must reflect the needs of employers, large and small, an accommodate BC’s complex labour market realities.”
The following points were highlighted to Minister Alexander:
1. Benchmark processing times (from selection to arrival) against comparable systems; be the fastest immigration system in the world. 

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Surrey's Local Immigration Partnership Council Appoints Co-Chairs

Surrey’s newly formed “Local Immigration Partnership” (LIP) Council has appointed Surrey Councillor Judy Villeneuve and Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman as its co-chairs for the 2014-2016 termThe LIP Council has been tasked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to develop a strategy to strengthen the role of local communities in integrating newcomers 

“We want to ensure immigrants and refugees who chose to settle in Surrey lead successful and productive lives.  It is vital that all residents feel included and have opportunities to contribute and succeed, ” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Building on the City’s Welcoming Communities Project, the City is proud to provide leadership for this collaborative initiative with over 25 stakeholders and to partner with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).”


The City of Surrey signed a Contribution Agreement with CIC in March 2014 and will receive over $606,014 to establish a Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP). Deliverables from 2014-2016 will include:


·         establishing a LIP Council;

·         conducting research and consultations; and

·         developing a Surrey Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Strategy and Action Plan.


“We are proud to collaborate with over 25 community stakeholders including the School District, Health Authority and our universities in the Local Immigration Partnership Project,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, who also chairs the City’s Social Policy Advisory Committee. “Together we will support the development of a coordinated and comprehensive approach to newcomer integration tailored to fit the unique needs of Surrey and further our goals as an inclusive and welcoming city.”


“Newcomers to Surrey often bring with them a wealth of knowledge, education, and skills, and it is to the city’s benefit to tap into these resources,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “The Local Immigration Partnership will examine not only how to make newcomers feel more welcome in our community, but how we can help prospective employers attract and retain these skilled employees into our workforce.”


Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Local Immigration Partnership program supports community-based planning around the needs of newcomers.  For more information about the Surrey LIP visit

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