Diverse economic opportunities mean endless opportunities for residents in the Township of Langley.
Vancouver’s fastest-growing municipality is poised for success with diverse cultural and business offerings
The Township of Langley, Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing municipality, is expected to double its 126,000 population by 2040, and that’s not surprising—home to Fort Langley, which is considered the “birthplace of BC”, and just a 40-minute drive to Vancouver, the Township offers diverse business and lifestyle options for people from all demographics.
Bounded to the north by the Fraser River and to the south by an international trade and travel border to the United states, the Township of Langley can only grow as an epicenter of activity. The Trans Canada Highway, Canada’s cultural and economic lifeline, runs through the community, ensuring the Township is well connected to outlying locales.
“We are rich in history and culture as our community resides on the unceded territory of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Matsqui and Semiahmoo First Nations,” says Erinn Kredba, Executive Director, Tourism Langley Association. “We are also home to some 7,000 licensed businesses, six business organizations, and several anchored industry sectors including tourism and sport hosting, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transportation and the creative/film industries.”
Diversity is one of the Township’s greatest draws. In 2017, the Township recorded $511 million in construction building permits. Seventy-eight percent of the municipality’s land mass is designated agricultural land reserve, and its farms produce the most varied agricultural products in Canada. The possibilities here are almost limitless.
This economic diversity is drawing unbounded recreational and cultural opportunities. In summer of 2019, the Township hosted the FEI Longines Jumping Nations Cup, featuring horse jumping competitors from around the word. In September, the Langley Events Centre was the host location of the World Indoor Lacrosse International Championship and welcomed professional teams from 25 countries.
“We know from Statistics Canada 2016 that we have a median population age of 41, an annual household income of $117,000 and one of the highest workforce participation rates in Metro Vancouver,” says Val Gafka, Senior Manager, Economic Investment & Development. “This provides a growing market for population-serving industries as well as those requiring a large and expanding labour pool.”
At its heart, connection is the impetus for success, and its leadership isn’t afraid to the take to the streets to explore ways to grow those relationships. “During October's Small Business month, our team—which included our mayor and council, staff, member stakeholder organizations and businesses, and local high school students—went door-to-door and business-to-business in our Northwest Langley, Walnut Grove, and Willoughby communities to gain some intel about the local business climate,” says Gafka. “In four days, our 'Walk Team' connected with 170 businesses.”
Discover why businesses and residents choose to call the Township home by checking out the Township’s videos on YouTube. Looking for things to do in the Township? Tourism Langley's website is the go-to at Connect with the Township of Langley by email.