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Surrey, BC - Agritech Opportunities

Surrey’s award-winning agri-innovation projects are stimulating an agriculture revolution. Surrey is at the regional intersection of food production, processing, and agri-innovation and is an ideal location to start or grow an agritech enterprise.

Surrey is home to a cluster of agritech research and innovation organizations.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is home to a Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program, the only program of its kind in North America.

Simon Fraser University is developing an agriculture technology program which will include precision farming and robotics.

Surrey is home to the BioPod, a demonstration greenhouse for the testing and advancement of greenhouse and growing tech. It’s an excellent example of how Surrey is working with academia, industry, and social ventures to create opportunities that enhance agriculture in the region.

Key subsectors in Surrey’s agritech ecosystem

  • Biotechnology

  • Crop sciences

  • Precision farming technologies

Surrey Food Security Innovation Systems

Ballpark Farming

Surrey is the best location for agritech businesses

  • Surrey is the perfect site for agritech businesses, being situated between the Fraser Valley’s agriculture power-producers and in the heart of populous Metro Vancouver.

  • Surrey is home to more than 475 farms, with agricultural land accounting for one third of the city’s land base and a major port with food product export capabilities.

  • Surrey is the only Canadian city with both rapid urban development and a third of its land base protected within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)

Guide to Farming in Surrey, B.C. 

Access Surrey's Urban Tech Testing Program


Government Funding for SFU Centre of Agritech Innovation by 2027, supporting 4,350 workers.

Statistics Canada Census 2021

jobs created by 2027


Hectares of agricultural land in Surrey


Million in sales revenue in Surrey's agricultural sector

SFU BC Centre for Agritech Innovation

Case Study: SFU accelerates campus growth in Surrey

The SFU Surrey campus has been contributing to Surrey's Innovation for over 20 years! From its humble beginnings as a beta space in Central City Mall to an expanded campus at the heart of downtown Surrey, the university continues to rapidly  grow Innovation Plaza which is home to the B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation (BCCAI). 

The B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation (BCCAI) connects small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agritech sector with academic researchers, government and industry partners to develop technology solutions that build resilient supply chains and generate global solutions for food security and climate change. 

B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation.