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City of Langley Voted Top 5 Best Cities for Work in BC

As a centre for retail, commercial, and industrial activity, the City of Langley has become a workplace destination for residents all around the Fraser Valley, and is in fact, a net importer of jobs. As such, the employment rate in the City of Langley is typically better than the rest of BC.

Although the City of Langley is only 10 square kilometers, we enjoy access to a talented, skilled and educated labour force of 326,000 people within a 30-minute commute.


Most City of Langley individuals were employed in a wide range of industries reflecting the diversified nature of the Metro Vancouver economy.

INDUSTRY                                                         LABOUR FORCE

Retail trade                                                              1860                       14%

Construction                                                             1420                       11%

Health care and social assistance                      1310                       10%

Manufacturing                                                         1260                        9%

Wholesale trade                                                      920                         7%

Educational services                                               900                         7%

Accommodation and food services                      885                         7%

Other services (except public administration)   770                         6%

Transportation and warehousing                         745                         6%

Public administration                                             710                         5%

Administrative; Waste Mgt; Remediation services                          570           4%

Professional; scientific and technical services 560                         4%

Arts; entertainment and recreation                     400                         3%

Finance and Insurance                                           360                         3%

Information and cultural industries                    210                         2%

Real estate and rental and leasing                     155                         1%

Agriculture; forestry; fishing and hunting           140                         1%

Utilities                                                                      70                          1%

Management of companies and enterprises      25                          0%

Mining; quarrying; and oil and gas extraction     0                           0%

TOTAL:                                                                      13,285

SOURCE: 2011, Statistics Canada


While the following are some of the City of Langley’s largest employers, there are more than 2,500 businesses in the community plus nearly 5,000 in the Township. A listing of businesses licenses is available on request.

Cascades Casino Resort                                            Gaming                               550

Coast Hotel & Convention Centre                             Hotel                                   550

Canada Bread                                                              Food Processing                314

Safeway (two locations)                                            Grocery                                310

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Langley Campus)                                          Education      300

CKF Inc.                                                                          Manufacturing                   250

Langley School District (Langley City only)             Education                           250

Langley School District (Greater Langley)               Education                           2500

The Bay                                                                         Department Store             180

Sears Canada Inc.                                                       Department Store             180

Save-on-Foods                                                             Grocery                                170

Langley City                                                                  Government                       112

Ipex Inc.                                                                        Plastics Manf.                    100

Preston Chevrolet/Buick/GMC                                   Automotive Dealer           90

Army & Navy Dept. Store                                             Department                       75

National Glass Ltd.                                                     Glass Manf.                       70

SOURCE: 2014, City of Langley 

Labour Quality

More than 57.6% of the City’s population (aged 24 and over) have some level of post-secondary education.


Workforce Education Attainment (aged 24+)

No certificate; diploma or degree                                                     11.7%

High school diploma or equivalent                                                  30.6%

Postsecondary certificate; diploma or degree                                57.6%

- Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma                          15.1%

- College certificate or diploma                                                         21.8%

- University certificate or diploma below bachelor level             6.3%

- University degree at bachelor level or above                               14.3%

 • Bachelor’s degree                                                                             10.3%

 • Above bachelor level                                                                       4.0%

SOURCE: 2011, Statistics Canada (accessed 2014)


The average household income in the City of Langley is $77,507 and varies by neighbourhood.  For example, the Douglas neighbourhood, with a high population of seniors and affordable multi-family residential complexes, has an average family income of $61,010.  While in neighbourhoods with single-family detached houses like the Uplands area, the average family income is $102,694, as compared to the average family income in Metro Vancouver at $99,723.

Taking this all into consideration, the average income in the City’s Primary Trade Area is about $95,000 and is higher than the BC average. (RETAIL TRADE AREA STUDY, 2012).

Training & Education

Langley is home to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the nearby Trinity Western University, and multiple private vocational training organizations. Following are some training and education related resources.  Also explore employment resources in the next section for learn about HR training and skills development grants and more.

Employment/Employer Resources


Service Canada offers resources for both employees and employers.  For employees, Service Canada manages Social Insurance Numbers, Employment Insurance Benefits, and various employment initiatives.  They also provide a Job Bank. View Employment Resources.

For employers, Service Canada provides information on employment insurance premiums, skills and development training, regulations, funding opportunities, and more.  View Employer Resources.

The closest Service Canada Centre is located at 8747 204 St #102, Langley, BC.


WorkBC offers resources for both employees and employers.  For employees, their services include exploring careers choices, a career toolkit, training programs, job postings and more.  For employers, their services include labour market information, employee training, funding programs, and multiple other resources.  Visit

The closest WorkBC Employment Services Centre is located at 101-5783 176A Street, Surrey, BC.


WorkSafeBC is responsible for enforcing the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and providing insurance coverage and support for employers and workers in the case of injury or disease.  Visit


The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce provides a list of employment agencies and related services on their website.  View Chamber of Commerce listings


Community Futures South Fraser (CFSF) is a not-for Profit Corporation funded by the Federal Government through Western Economic Diversification, with a mandate to promote economic development and job creation.  Their services include Business Loans, Business Advisory Services, and the Self-Employment Program. Visit 

Langley City Hall

20399 Douglas Crescent   Langley  BC  V3A 4B3
Phone 604 514 2800   Fax 604 530 4371

Hours of operation:
Monday -  Friday   8:30am  -  4:30pm

In the event of an after-hours emergency (such as a water main break, flood or critical service disruption) standby operations personnel can be notified through Surrey Fire Dispatch at 604 534 3496