City Of Abbotsford  
1995
  • The Districts of Matsqui and Abbotsford amalgamated to form the City of Abbotsford; Matsqui Police Department renamed Abbotsford Police Department with expanded mandate for the new City
  • 525,000 Transit rides
  • Abbotsford hosted the Western Canada Summer games
  • Clearbrook branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library opened
  • George F. Ferguson elected Mayor of Abbotsford
1996
  • Abbotsford population was 105,403 (BC Municipal Census Populations 1921-2011)
  • The Snowstorm of the Century struck the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley with drifting snow closing down local roads including Highway 1
1997
  • 2,800 Abbotsford Airport passengers
  • On January 1, 1997, ownership of the Airport was officially transferred from the Department of Transport to the City of Abbotsford for the sum of $10
  • Dave Kandal Elementary School opened
  • WestJet Airlines took its inaugural flight and YXX became a jet passenger Airport
  • Roberta Bondar Elementary School opened
1998
  • The City of Abbotsford formalized its relationship with sister city, Fukagawa, Hokkaido, Japan
  • The new Terminal building was opened on December 10, 1998 and further expanded in 2002 and again in 2004 and 2019
1999
  • Canadian Wakeboarder Jeremy Kovacs displays an amazing performance at the World Wakeboarding Protour championships held at Albert Dyck Park in Abbotsford
2000
  • City of Abbotsford sent a delegation to sister city, Fukagawa Japan, and hosted a delegation from sister city Fukagawa Japan to Abbotsford
  • The Y2K Scare was a phenomenon at the turn of the 21st century where computer users and programmers feared that computers would stop working on December 31, 1999
2001
  • Abbotsford population was 115,463 (BC Municipal Census Populations 1921-2011)
  • Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School opened
2002
  • Abbotsford hosted the 2002 BC Disability Games
  • Prime Minister Jean Chrétien designated the 1911 Gur Sikh Temple a National Historic Site
  • City of Abbotsford voters elected Mary Reeves, Abbotsford's first female Mayor
2003
  • Clayburn Middle School opened
  • Tourism Abbotsford was Founded: Tourism Abbotsford is a city destination marketing organzation which was formed by the local tourism industry in 2003 based on a collective recognition of the vital role that tourism plays as an economic cornerstone for the City of Abbotsford
  • Abbotsford hosted the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship
2004
  • The contentious SE2 powerline and plant proposal was turned down by the National Energy Board after the people of Abbotsford mobilized support from municipal, regional, aboriginal, provincial and federal politicians.
  • Abbotsford hosted the BC Summer Games
  • Abbotsford had the fastest-growing economy in the country, according to the Conference Board of Canada
2005
  • The City of Abbotsford established a Community Heritage Register with five sites: Trethewey House, Clayburn School, Clayburn Church, the Gur Sikh Temple and the Old South Poplar School
  • The Abbotsford Police Foundation was established to fund Abbotsford Police Department community programs which supports the police in their goal to make Abbotsford the safest city in BC
  • City of Abbotsford celebrated 10th anniversary of amalgamation
  • City of Abbotsford was one of six communities selected by Environment Canada to develop prototype initiatives in the Federal One Tonne Challenge
  • City of Abbotsford named as the fastest growing economy by the Conference Board of Canada
  • The fitness centre was added to the Matsqui Recreation Centre Pool and Arena
  • George F. Ferguson elected Mayor of Abbotsford
2006
  • Abbotsford's current cenotaph was unveiled in its new location on Thunderbird Plaza; the cenotaph replaced the WWI flagmast erected in 1922, was originally located at Jubilee Park (Apr 7, 1929) then at the Provincial Building on Laurel Street (1950)
  • The BC Lions reached an agreement with the City of Abbotsford to hold their training camp at Rotary Stadium
  • The Abbotsford Arts Council implements the Arty Awards to celebrate and highlight the achievements and contributions of local artists to the Abbotsford community
  • Abbotsford hosted the BC Senior's Games
  • Abbotsford participated in the Federal One Tonne Challenge
  • YXX surpassed 500,000 passengers for the year
  • New Mt. Lehman Interchange completed and opened on September 23
  • Abbotsford population was 123,864 (BC Municipal Census Populations 1921-2011). Population has now doubled since 1981
  • Hosted the National Volleyball Championships
2007
  • Abbotsford Middle School opened
  • YXX celebrated the sixty-fifth anniversary of the first plane to land at the Abbotsford International Airport
  • B.C. is the most urbanized province in Canada, with more than two-thirds of British Columbians living in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Abbotsford, Census Canada
  • Abbotsford Greenway project officially named Discovery Trail, thanks to the winning entry of 13-year old Katey Asaph, a student at Chief Dan George Middle School
  • Abbotsford Airport sets new passenger record
2008
  • UCFV was granted full university status by the province of BC (begun in 1974 as Fraser Valley College, became the University College of the Fraser Valley in 1988)
  • Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Treatment Centre opened, replacing the aging MSA General Hospital
  • The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford opened to preserve and share the stories of Abbotsford’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and showcase the best in arts from both inside and outside the community
  • Abbotsford’s Cultural Gateway and International Friendship Garden constructed with one third of the $1.5 million project funded by the provincial government as part of BC Spirit Squares, an initiative which devoted partial funds to the creation of outdoor and public meeting spaces in honour of BC’s 150th anniversary
  • Abbotsford Community Recreation Centre officially opened on October 25
  • Abbotsford hosts BC Lions Training Camp
  • City opened a new composting site for residential yard and garden waste
  • Mayor George Ferguson chaired his last Council meeting after 36 years of municipal service
  • Tradex Hosted 8 of the top 25 GVRD Trade & Consumer Shows
  • George W. Peary elected Mayor of Abbotsford
2009
  • Launched a new City of Abbotsford website
  • Abbotsford hosted BC Lions Training Camp
  • McCallum Road Interchange funding announced
  • The Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre received certification of LEED® Gold for its design and construction
  • Abbotsford Entertainment Centre officially opened
  • American Hockey League came to Abbotsford
  • Abbotsford top Earth Hour power reducer
  • Hosted the Special Olympics BC Summer Games
2010
  • City of Abbotsford hosted the Olympic Torch Relay and Celebration Site on Feb 7, 2010
  • Host Community for the Russian Figure Skating Team
  • McCallum Interchange Opened
  • Abbotsford International Airport processed more than 500 aircraft during the timeframe of the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Mill Lake Spray Park Opened
  • Clearbrook Interchange opened in November, ahead of schedule
2011
  • Abbotsford Airport celebrated the completion of a $30 million investment towards major upgrades to the Abbotsford International Airport
  • Abbotsford population was 133,497 (BC Municipal Census Populations 1921-2011)
  • 30th annual Berry Beat festival
  • The Sikh Heritage Museum in the lower level of the historic Gur Sikh Temple opened by Lieutenant Governor Steven Point
  • Whatcom Road Connector completed
  • R. Bruce Banman elected Mayor of Abbotsford
2012
  • Hosted Canadian Senior Curling Championship
  • The new LEED Gold Abbotsford Senior Secondary School building completed
2013
  • Hosted the Grand Slam of Curling
  • Matthews House in Abbotsford celebrated grand opening
  • Highstreet Shopping Centre opened
2014
  • City of Abbotsford adopted the Homelessness in Abbotsford Action Plan
  • Abbotsforward, the City of Abbotsford’s Official Community Plan (OCP) update project officially launched
  • New MCC Centre opened in Abbotsford
  • Launched a new City of Abbotsford website
  • Henry Braun elected Mayor of Abbotsford
2015
  • Recognized from the Fraser Institute as the community with the 'least red tape'
  • Sevenoaks Shopping Centre celebrated 40th anniversary
  • Recognized by the Conference Board of Canada as a 'community with one of the fastest growing economies in the country'
  • 'Open for Business' Award from the Small Business Roundtable, recognizing Abbotsford for taking initiatives to reduce the cost and complexity of doing business
  • Hosted the first annual Abbotsford Business Walks
  • Hosted the World Baton Twirling Championship
2016
  • Mennonite Heritage Museum opened to preserve and exhibit the stories of the Mennonites from their origins in the 16th century to their settlement in the Fraser Valley
  • Abbotsford hosted the BC Summer Games: 2,441 athletes competed in 18 sports, and were supported by 479 coaches and more than 300 officials
  • Abbotsford Population 141,397 (BC Stats, Census 2016 populations)
  • MRC Sports Turf Field Opened
  • Received a UBCM Award for 'Best Practices Community Connections' for the Abbotsforward Official Community Plan project
  • Received an Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) '2016 Marketing Canada Award' for the Economic Development Year in Review
  • The Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) celebrated the official opening
  • TRADEX celebrated 25th anniversary
  • Provincial-UBCM Green Communities recognition for efforts towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Abbotsford-Mission moved up 5 positions to be ranked 9th as one of Canada's most entrepreneurial communities by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for 2016
  • Hosted the National Wakeboard Championship
  • Shaw wifi services welcomed at civic facilities
  • Abbotsford launched a new curbside collection app
  • Participated in the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic
  • Hosted Rogers Hometown Hockey
  • New Mt. Lehman and Matsqui fire halls opened
2017
  • Record Setting Year at Abbotsford International Airport with 677,653 passengers
  • Abbotsford received 4 Blooms in Communities in Bloom contest
  • City of Abbotsford launched a new mobile app, @abbotsford, to help residents connect with the City and report issues
  • Abbotsford named most Business Friendly municipality under the NAIOP Awards for Municipal Excellence
  • Metro Vancouver transfered parkland outside the regional district to the City of Abbotsford
  • Intense Ice Storm hits Abbotsford and Mission, with tens of thousands left without power
  • Canadian Institute of Planners Award Awarded for Planning Excellence
  • Plan200K launched, a collaborative project which saw the updates of over 9 master plans, 4 neighbourhood plans and 7 studies and projects
  • Hosted the BC Rugby Club Championships
  • Hosted the Canada West Short Track Speed Skating Championships
  • Hosted the National & Provincial Volleyball Championships
2018
  • Construction started on new BC Supreme Law Courts
  • 9 master plans, 3 neighbourhood plans adopted, highlighting projects and plans for growing to a community of 200,000
  • Historic Turner house moved to Clayburn Park
  • Abbotsford Kiwanis Club celebrated 50 years in the community
  • City of Abbotsford launched a Water Portal app to help residents monitor water consumption
  • CityStudio Abbotsford was launched as a partnership program between the City of Abbotsford and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) which challenges university students to tackle civic issues and provide prototype solutions
  • Abbotsford received 5 Blooms in the Provincial Communities in Bloom competition
  • Awarded the "Transportation Project of the Year" for the Transportation and Transit Master Plan by the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Hosted the BC Rugby Club Championships
  • Windstorm hits Abbotsford, knocking down trees & power lines
  • Henry Braun re-elected Mayor of Abbotsford
2019
  • YXX surpassed the 1 million passenger mark on December 30, 2019 - another record setting year
  • Abbotsford Community Hub Centre opened to provide service to individuals experiencing complex health and social challenges
  • Groundbreaking for the new Ledgeview Clubhouse
  • Abbotsford host city for Rogers hometown hockey
  • Abbotsford received 5 blooms in the National Communities in Bloom competition
  • Abbotsford Community Foundation celebrated 40th anniversary
  • Jubilee Park reopened after improvement project
  • City of Abbotsford launched new engagement portal to hear public feedback on projects
  • Awarded by the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards for the Community Hub, providing respectful delivery of integrated health, housing and social supports for vulnerable populations
  • Abbotsford Foundry celebrated 1 year of helping youth in the community
  • City recognized internationally as one of the top 7 most intelligent communities in the world
  • New Salton Road Pedestrian Bridge opened to public
  • Ebus started service in Abbotsford
  • 2,400,000 Transit Rides
  • Abbotsford-opoly created and sold at local Walmart
  • Hosted the Canadian Cross Country Championships
  • Archway Community Services celebrated 50 years in Abbotsford
  • Abbotsford became the home of the Fraser Valley Bandits, Canadian Elite Basketball League
2020
  • Canadian Cross Country Championships
  • BC Short Track Speed Skating Championships
  • City of Abbotsford celebrates 25th Anniversary of Amalgamation
  • Abbotsford’s current population is 152,000 (Source: BC Stats)
Thank you to all our partners who contributed to the creation of the anniversary timeline: The Abbotsford News, The Reach Gallery Museum, Tourism Abbotsford, Heritage Abbotsford Society and Circle Graphics. Together, we celebrate 25 years of community building!