February 27, 2024

 Fraser Valley Business News 


Attention Employers — BC’s minimum wage will increase from $16.75 to $17.40 per hour on June 1, 2024.

The Delta School District and the Delta Child and Youth Committee announced their partnership, and is now conducting a survey to gather public input on the proposed “Delta Youth Services Hub.” This hub would serve as an umbrella for various youth services, including those pertaining to mental and physical health, skill development, and social engagement.

The new 3D breast tomosynthesis system, fully funded by donors, was recently installed at the Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building, according to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

The Rick Hansen Foundation has awarded accessibility grants to five British Columbia municipalities, including the City of Delta. These grants provide city staff with accessibility training, complimentary RHF Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) ratings, and up to $90,000 in funding for accessibility improvements to existing sites within each municipality.

There is a proposed townhouse development located near Central Ave and Ladner Trunk Rd. Some key aspects of the proposal: 40 four-bedroom townhouse units, six 3-storey buildings and one 3.5 storey building with rooftop patios and 80 residential parking spaces. Feedback is welcome.

Surrey-based Aeroroot Systems has been working with KPU to optimize a method of growing basil plants using aeroponics, without soil. This project is among the first funded through the BC Centre for Agritech Innovation, a new research hub led by Simon Fraser University



A dedicated Resident Services Manager is needed for a full-time position at The PARC Retirement Living in White Rock.

The Rotary Club of White Rock has raised $8,305 at this year’s Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser for Sources Community Resource Centre.

On March 12, the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce will host an event at The Chopped Leaf-Morgan Crossing in support of International Women’s Day, which will feature Michele Partridge as the guest speaker.



Nikki Keith

Nikki Keith of Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc., has been named one of the newly elected directors of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

The BC Construction Safety Alliance is celebrating the 5-year anniversary of employees Melanie Gorman Ng, Serena Lo and Teresa Holloran.

Burb Cannabis Corp. recently announced the opening of its eighth cannabis retail store at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This will be the world’s first dispensary on a major university campus.

The director of parks, recreation, and culture for Surrey has recommended that the city pay ShowTech AVL $1,050,000 to source, deliver, and install UrbanScreen at Surrey Civic Plaza. The majority of the $750,000 grant came from the PacifiCan Canada Community Revitalization Fund, while the remaining amount was funded by the city’s Public Art Reserve.

On Monday, Feb. 26, Surrey council granted BA Blacktop Ltd. a roughly $4 million contract for road paving at seven North Surrey and one South Surrey locations, per Surrey’s general manager of engineering Scott Neuman‘s corporate update.

MedBright AI Investments Inc. recently announced the completion of beta testing with its initial clients for MedMatrix, a product in which it holds a substantial investment. The management has selected a five-feature product suite to market in the global outpatient facility industry, as a consequence of the beta testing phase.

An increase of 4.3% in development cost charges for the year 2024 has been authorized by the Surrey city council.  The increase will cover expenses related to parkland acquisition, roads, sewer, and related expenses.

The annual tree sales in Surrey will begin on February 28 and run through March 13, with a second sale beginning on April 17 and finishing on May 1. On pick-up days, customers can collect their trees at the city’s Operations Centre at 6651 148 St. for $20 each (including taxes).

Property owners in BC will be subject to a new 20 per cent anti-flipping tax if they assign or resell their property within two years of the purchase date.



Patrick Kerr Holdings, a Langley development company, has submitted an application to the City of Kelowna for rezoning and a development permit for a project named Mills Road Towns. The project is planned to be located between 175 and 205 Mills Rd., to the north of Highway 33.

The contracts for the next phase of widening Highway One through Langley, including rebuilding the 232nd Street interchange, are out to tender, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure of British Columbia.

The Fraser Valley Brewery of Molson Coors and Kwantlen Polytechnic University‘s brewery program worked together to create a Czech-style dark lager, which is served at the Brew Lab on the Langley campus.

Langley’s Community Action Team (CAT) is hosting a free event called “Courage Cafe” at the United Churches of Langley in Murrayville on March 4. The event will cover discussions on the toxic drug supply crisis in partnership with Social Justice Langley and We All Play a R.O.L.E.

Nufloors located at 304 – 20771 Langley By-Pass, announced the Leap Year Sale which offers 29 per cent off on some items on February 29th.

Provisions Market + Gifts is hosting a local wine tasting and chocolate making community workshop with  instructor, Mara Mennicken on March 8th at A120 20018 83A Ave., Langley.

The City of Langley has received a Development Permit Application for the property located at 5721 Production Way. The Permit would authorize the development of a 2-building, 9,681 sq m industrial development.

Langley Council gave final reading to Bylaw 3254 which rezones the property located at 19948 55A Avenue from RS1 Single Family Residential Zone to CD91 Comprehensive Development Zone to accommodate a 6-storey, 126-unit apartment development.



Don Peters, the chair of the Community Housing Action Committee of the North Shore Community Resource Society, is retiring after 16 years in office.

The B.C. government allocated $76.7 million for upgrades to an existing pump station in Abbotsford to enhance flood protection. The project involves constructing a second pump station and expanding flood storage capacity.

The University of the Fraser Valley‘s Community Health and Social Innovation hub (CHASI) has been recognized in the B.C. legislature on February 22.

Community Savings Credit Union announced the launch of pre-approved business credit cards for its members in the cannabis industry.



 The Chilliwack Dogwood Monarch Lions Club, the Chilliwack Learning Society, and The Book Man donated the Chilliwack School District with nearly a thousand brand-new books.

Dicklands Farms held an Open House at their Chilliwack, farm on February 23rd. In attendance were numerous experts, friends, neighbours, and professionals who came to witness firsthand how Dicklands Farms is leading the charge towards a greener tomorrow through their production of renewable natural gas.

The Hazelnut Inn, located at 42402 Yarrow Central Rd., Chilliwack, announced its Grand Opening & Open House on June 1st.

Meridian Development Corporation is seeking a committed Site Superintendent to join their Chilliwack office.



Pitt Meadows Plumbing is seeking Marketing Coordinator to join its team.

The Pitt Meadows Art Gallery is set to reopen on March 12 at its new location in the South Bonson Community Centre. The first exhibition, Rain’s World– Whispers of the Ancestors : Echoes of Timeless Art, will be showcased. For additional details, check out



The Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Seniors Network is organizing a Seniors Affordable Housing Partnership Forum on Wednesday, March 6 at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge. The event will focus on affordable housing for seniors.

Premier David Eby has named Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Lisa Beare as Minister of Post-Secondary and Future Skills, and George Chow to her previous role as Minister of Citizens’ Services.



Applications are still open for the Mission City Farmers Market scheduled on  March 16th and April 13th.

Wolstencroft Realty‘s new location will have its grand opening on March 1st inside Envision Financial at the Junction.

The Annual General Meeting of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce is on March 13 at the Copper Hall, 33129 Railway Ave, Mission.

The Twilight Treasures Artisan Market is hosting its grand opening on May 2, at 32835 Janzen Ave, Mission City.

The Spring Swim Registration is now open at West Coast Swim School.

The Health Care 4 Mission AGM will be held on March 13 at the Community Health Center/Division of Family Practice, 7298 Hurd St.

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