The Pacific Rim location of Surrey combined with its fast-growing and multicultural population gives the city great business opportunities for international trade with Asia and the United States. The three largest occupational categories (according to the National Occupation Classification used by Statistics Canada) in Surrey are sales and service (25%), trades, transport and equipment operators (18.8%) and business, finance and administration (18.0%) The strongest growth was experienced in health occupation (+29.1%) which can be explained with the increasing needs for medical assistance of the aging Surrey’s population.
Due to the population growth Surrey became a one of the best places in B.C. to invest in real estate. Over the past five years more than $6 billion of building permits were issued and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reported a significant increase in the number of housing starts. Other key sectors of Surrey’s economy are Clean Energy, Finance, High Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Agriculture.