OUR VIEW: Engaging Surrey’s youth is vital to city’s future

Perhaps Surrey’s motto should be changed from "The Future Lives Here" to "Two-Thirds of The Future Lives Here." It’s concerning that survey results contained in last year’s Vital Signs report suggest one third of Surrey’s young people doubt they will still be living in this city five years down the road. The 2014 report also indicated that 17 per cent of Surrey’s population is youth (Click here for story).

Seems bleak. We hope the SurreyCares Community Foundation’s survey results this year, of residents aged 12 to 24, are more cheerful.

Last year’s top issues for youth was lack of local jobs and affordable housing. It’s ironic that lack of jobs was identified as a concern in a city that recently received the highest grading in the region for small business – according to Vancity credit union’s report "Open for Business" – due to its "growing population, affordable business and residential property and low costs of doing business."

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