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A Job Well Done: hundreds attend ‘Get Surrey Working’ hiring fair

The Get Surrey Working Hiring Fair, a collaboration of five WorkBC Centres and the City of Surrey, returned on September 28, 2017 as part of Disability Employment Month.

More than 580 people attended and got the chance to connect with over 54 employers. At least 40 individuals were hired on the spot!


All the employers at Get Surrey Working were committed to inclusive hiring practices. Further, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters were onsite to provide support to the deaf and hard of hearing. An interpreter’s comment illustrated how important it is to make accessibility a priority:

… a young lady I was providing services for stated that having an interpreter there was a huge benefit to her, and that she would not have been able to navigate all the different booths as successfully had interpreters not been made available to her.

In addition to the event being user-friendly, it was remarkably organized. By and large, employers, attendees and WorkBC managers noted how well the event was coordinated and arranged. Details such as being able to contact and connect with many employers, having inquiries handled, and the overall ease of flow at the event were a few of the responses.

I enjoyed the ease of finding jobs in one place rather than hunting and driving all over.

Another attendee remarked that the most beneficial part of the hiring fair was the supportive atmosphere.

The entire event was very encouraging and gave us tremendous opportunity to meet and communicate with potential employers, who were talkative and very helpful.

We thank all the volunteers and employers who participated in this year’s Get Surrey Working Hiring Fair, as well as the five WorkBC Centres and City of Surrey for organizing such a successful event.

Employers in attendance included:

  • Advan Tec Global Innovations
  • Aerotek
  • Arc’teryx
  • A Touch of Brass
  • Best Buy
  • C&S Group
  • Canada Cartage
  • Canada Post
  • Cintas
  • City of Surrey
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Compass Group
  • Delta Hotels
  • Elements Casino
  • EV Logistics
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Five Guys
  • Fortis BC
  • Hudson Bay
  • ICBC
  • iMarketing
  • Ingram Micro
  • IS2 Staffing
  • Kinetic Security
  • Little Caesars
  • London Drugs
  • LUSH
  • Merit Kitchens
  • MOSAIC Sales Solutions
  • Paladin Security
  • Para Space Landscaping
  • Party City
  • Public Service Commission
  • Robert Half Company
  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • Revera
  • River Rock Casino Resort
  • RONA
  • Scotiabank
  • Sears Canada
  • Shaw Communications
  • Sources Community Resource Society
  • Staples
  • Starbucks
  • Surrey Association for Community Living
  • Surrey Libraries
  • T&T Supermarket
  • Telus
  • TJX – Winners, Home Sense, Marshalls
  • Trail Appliances
  • UPS
  • Waste Connections of Canada
  • We Care
  • Wendy’s Restaurants

Also, we extend our congratulations to all the jobseekers who attended – we hope you found the event worthwhile and that you had the opportunity to expand your professional networks.

Our WorkBC Employment Services Centres provide free, client centered and integrated employment services supporting persons who are unemployed and seeking to obtain and maintain employment. We also offer free services to support local business/ employers with their hiring needs. Start your success story with us! We are located in Cloverdale and White Rock.


If you were at Get Surrey Working (or following us on social media), you may have noticed brochures for Surrey Newcomer Employment Week happening from October 20-27, 2017. If you or someone you know is new to Surrey, join us for a week full of activities that seek to build better bridges between newcomer job seeker and employers. For a full list of events during Surrey Newcomer Employment Week, please click here.