Available Farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve
In 1973, the Provincial government established the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to protect quality farmland. Although land in the ALR is protected, non-farming uses, such as golf courses, parkland, utilities, and industrial space can encroach on farmland. The percentage of Surrey's ALR that is available for farming is a measure of how well farmland is being maintained, and it is the City's policy to see no net loss in agricultural land over time. Data source: BC Ministry of Agriculture.