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%
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
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).
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.
SERVICE CANADA (GOVERNMENT OF CANADA)
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 (PROVINCE OF 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 WorkBC.ca.
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 WorkSafeBC.com.
EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES & RELATED SERVICES
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 SouthFraser.com.