Surrey Board of Trade Releases First Surrey Labour Market Study and Workforce Strategy 2029 to Make Surrey an Opportunity City


The Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT), with funding from the BC Government and the Government of Canada, has undertaken the research and  development of Surrey’s first comprehensive Labour Market Study and Surrey Workforce Strategy to determine Surrey’s current and anticipated labour market data demand and supply and to enact solutions for the next ten years.

“This unprecedented cross-industry-led initiative culminated in a report that identified key trends, needs and an action plan to address priority labour market needs,” said Anita Huberman, Surrey Board of Trade CEO. “The vision is to ensure Surrey is an Opportunity City, a leader in embracing the new economy and a new future of work to produce great outcomes.”

‘A Made in Surrey Workforce Strategy’ report was released at the Surrey Board of Trade 7th Manufacturing Industry Reception on October 17, 2019.

Actions for the Workforce Strategy are to develop:

  1. A Surrey Workforce Development Council
  2. A Surrey Employer Talent Innovation Lab
  3. A Surrey Attraction and Retention Strategy
  4. A Surrey HR Consultancy
  5. New K-12 and post-secondary education initiatives
  6. Expanded and new job-specific training for employers in high demand skillsets
  7. Increased participation in employment by those underrepresented in the Surrey workforce
  8. Better connections, enhanced collaboration and coordination in the Surrey workforce development ecosystem


The Surrey Board of Trade retained PEERs Consulting to manage this project and created a Steering Committee to advise on the strategy development. It also retained Human Capital Strategies (HCS) to conduct the research, engagement, strategy development and business implementation planning on the Surrey Board of Trade’s behalf.