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+BUSINESS Licences & Permits

Whether you are a sole proprietor or own an incorporated business conducting business in the Township, a business licence from the Township of Langley is required. For some sectors, such as some mobile business types who operate in multiple municipalities in the lower mainland of BC, you may be eligible to obtain an Intermunicipal Business Licence, which supports small business in reducing costs and streamlining operations. 

Note that inspections of your business premises by several different authorities may be required prior to your application being approved. New or relocated applicants should plan for a minimum timeline of 30 business days for these inspections to be completed.

BUSINESS LICENCES

Business Licence Application
Business Licence Renewal 
Bizpal 
Intermunicipal Business Licence Guide

If you are interested in exploring existing businesses, visit the Township business licence directory .

PERMITS: From building permits for site alterations to filming permits, your business may require a permit. Depending on the type of activity, permits may be required by the Government of Canada, the BC Provincial Government and/or the Township of Langley.

PAYMENT PROCESSING: A hard copy of your completed business licence application(s) and permit(s), if applicable, must be submitted in person, by postal mail, or by courier.

Payment can be made:

  • in person by cash, debit, cheque, or credit card (American Express, MasterCard, and VISA)
  • by phone by credit card
  • a cheque by postal mail

The only exception is the Business Licence Renewal , which can be paid securely through the Township’s Online Services.

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+TAX & Business Registry

If you are starting up a new business, you will need to get your business name approved and registered, as well as register for collecting GST and PST, if applicable.

BUSINESS NAME REGISTRY & MORE: Register your business name, apply for a liquor licence, incorporate your business, or gain additional information to help you start a business in British Columbia. View all available registrations at the BC Provincial Government’s One Stop BC Business Registry  .

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) REGISTRY: If you sell or provide goods and services in Canada and your annual world-wide GST taxable sales, including those of any associates, are more than $30,000, you may be required to register for goods and services tax (GST). To register online with the Canada Revenue Agency , go to One Stop BC Business Registry .

PROVINCIAL SALES TAX REGISTRY: If you sell or lease taxable goods in B.C., provide four or more units of accommodation in B.C., or provide legal services, related services (services to taxable goods), you many need to register. For more information, visit www.gov.bc.ca/pst  or eTaxBC .

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+Tax Credits & Investment Incentives

The federal, provincial and municipal governments offer a number of tax credits, rebates and incentives that will help make investment here more desirable.

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT: The government of British Columbia provides provincial tax credits and exemptions to encourage business investment and innovation. Some of these incentives include the Small Business Venture Capital Programs, BC Training Tax Credit, International Business Activity Program, the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax program, Property Tax Exemption, plus several other incentives.  Visit Trade and Invest BC .

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: The government of Canada provides multiple tax credits, programs and funding opportunities to support business investment and innovation, including the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax program, Advanced Manufacturing Fund, Industrial Research Assistance Program, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Export Development Canada (EDC), and the Business Development Bank of Canada, and others. Visit Invest in Canada .

MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT: Some development related incentives include Green Building Permit Rebate, Heritage Building Incentive Program, Capital Improvement Grant (Community Halls), and Sport Hosting Incentive Program. For more information, visit the Township Grants and Incentives web page .

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+Business & Investor Resources

Learn why BC and Canada is a great place to invest and do business. Explore industry profiles. Learn about importing and exporting. Discover venture capital programs, funding and tax credits and incentives. Learn about BC’s transportation infrastructure as part of Canada’s Pacific Gateway. And explore opportunities and resources for small businesses.

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY ECONOMIC INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT: Looking to discover why the Township of Langley is a great place to invest and do business?  Contact the Township of Langley’s Economic Development department for information and statistics, real estate and zoning opportunities, support with expansion or relocation plans, and the right connections that will help you succeed. Connect with us.

GREATER LANGLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce provides a multitude of services to member businesses, from information on starting up your own business and engaging in networking or training opportunities to multiple member benefits like discounts on gas, insurance, and payment processing. As the “voice of business” the chamber also provides group advocacy and promotes economic, civic and social welfare in the community.  Visit langleychamber.com  for more information. 

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATIONS: From marketing campaigns and events to attract customers to your area to physical improvements such as street-scaping, building façade enhancement or even just keeping things clean, your local Business Improvement Associations can help you prosper. 

GOVERNMENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA: This section of the Province of BC website provides a variety of information from starting a business to industry profiles, including information on transportation infrastructure, funding, and taxes and more. Visit www.2.gov.bc.ca 

TRADE AND INVEST BC: Trade and Invest BC is the economic development arm of the government of British Columbia. This website outlines BC’s strategic advantages, provides industry data, information on doing business in BC, information on venture capital programs in BC, information on tax credits and incentives, and multiple other resources.  Some of these tax credits and incentives include the Small Business Venture Capital Programs, BC Training Tax Credit, International Business Activity Program, the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax program, Property Tax Exemption, plus several other incentives. Visit Trade and Invest BC 

BC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: The BCEDA is British Columbia’s leading professional association of economic development practitioners in the province with over 360 communities as members. The BCEDA provides services that helps member communities grow and expand new and existing businesses, attract new business investments, and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement. The BCEDA hosts an annual summit and networking event, educational and professional development opportunities, public relations, advisory services and resources and partnering with communities and the Province of BC to market British Columbia for business investment. Visit BCEDA 

INVEST IN CANADA: Invest in Canada is a program managed by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service of the Government of Canada. This website provides information from selecting Canada as a place invest and do business to import/export information and funding opportunities.  It also outlines multiple tax credits, programs and funding opportunities to support business investment and innovation, including the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax program, Advanced Manufacturing Fund, Industrial Research Assistance Program, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Export Development Canada (EDC), and the Business Development Bank of Canada, and others. Visit Invest in Canada 

CANADA’S PACIFIC GATEWAY: Learn about the transportation infrastructure that makes Canada’s Pacific West Coast the gateway to North America and the world. Visit 
pacificgateway.gov.bc.ca 

SMALL BUSINESS BC: The No. 1 resource for small business, Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources, there's a piece that fits every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, SmallBusinessBC assists British Columbia’s entrepreneurs with all aspects of business start-up and growth. Visit  smallbusinessbc.ca 

COMMUNITY FUTURES: Community Futures in the South Fraser provides Langley entrepreneurs with help starting their new business — from coaching and self-employment training to financing support and loans. Visit communityfutures.ca  and southfraser.com 

WESTERN ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION: Helps business and economic development through business support, research, training, and funding programs. Visit 
wd.gc.ca 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA: The Business Development Bank of Canada provides business consulting and loans based on cash flow and quality management. Visit bcd.ca 

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+Employer Resources

Find talent. Post a job. Get help with Recruitment and Retention. Explore financial support and funding programs. And more! From Canadian and Provincial Government programs to the Township of Langley’s Economic Development department, we’re here to help you succeed.

SERVICE CANADA: This section of the Government of Canada website provides information for employers, including employment insurance, skills development and training, job grants and funding, regulations and legislation, and more. Visit servicecanada.gc.ca for employers 

WORKBC: A service of the BC Provincial Government, WorkBC provides multiple resources for employers, including:

  • Employers' Advisers Office
  • Free job posting
  • Human resources advice, recruitment and retention services, training and skills development
  • Loans, grants, funding, incentives, and tax credits
  • Understanding workplace rights

Visit workbc.ca  for more information.

WORKSAFE 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 

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+Employee Resources

Both the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia offer services to help employees, from finding a job or applying for employment insurance to career exploration and skills training. Visit servicecanada.gc.ca  and workbc.ca 

For Employment Opportunities at the Township of Langley, visit tol.ca/careers 

+Immigrant Resources

There are several ways to immigrate to Canada through both the provincial and federal governments in Canada.

PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (PNP): The government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training administers the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which allows applicants to enter as either a “skilled worker” or a “business entrepreneur.” Visit welcomebc.ca 

FEDERAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS: There are multiple federal immigration programs administered by Immigration Canada. These include:

Visit Government of Canada Immigrant Information  and Newcomers to Canada Resource  for more information.

IMMIGRATION FOR STUDENTS: British Columbia’s teachers and institutions are ranked among the best in the world, and the cost of studying here is lower than in many other locations. For more information: 

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