Investing in Surrey education

Young people are our future – and it’s important we invest in them as such.

In the fall of 2016, construction began on the new Salish Secondary school – a $55.2-million investment that will provide learning space for 1,500 Surrey students.

I’m pleased to report that construction is now 60 per cent complete on this state-of-the-art facility. With construction expected to largely wrap up by the end of this year – and the school scheduled to open in fall 2018 – this project is quickly becoming a reality.

And this week, I was very pleased to join Education Minister Mike Bernier and Surrey School Board chairperson Shawn Wilson to announce that plans for a new  Clayton-area elementary school have been approved – part of our commitment to create 5,200 additional student spaces. The Surrey project board chose this school as the first priority project to be accelerated in our community.

This new elementary school will provide seats for 655 local students, and with construction expected to start next spring and finish in winter 2020, this project will start delivering benefits for our community.

These projects are just two examples of the record investments we’re making in education – helping ensure our system remains among the best in the world. I look forward to Surrey students benefitting from these investments.