Surrey is the province’s second-largest city by population after Vancouver, and the third-largest by area after the cities of Abbotsford and Prince George. Its population is diverse and multicultural. According to the 2016 Canada Census, 57.8% of Surrey residents identify as non-European, 38.7% European, and 2.6% Indigenous. Of its racialized communities, over 168,000 people identify as South Asian, nearly 33% of the city’s total population. (43% of Surrey’s population self-identify as immigrants and newcomers.) The most commonly spoken languages at home are English (66%), Punjabi (17%), other (9%), followed by Mandarin (4%).
The APNI Community Response Network supports Surrey’s South Asian seniors (APNI is Punjabi and Hindi for “one of our own”). Newly established in July 2021 in partnership with the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society of BC and the City of Surrey, the CRN was doing the work of a CRN long before officially becoming one.
- South Asian communities
Phone: (604) 507-9945
Lakshmi Narayan Temple