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Taxes and Regulations

The cost and complexity of doing business is increasing, making it harder for businesses of all sizes to succeed.  The Langley Chamber works to advance tax and regulatory policy that works for everyone.  Read about our efforts:

Paid Sick Leave

The Langley Chamber opposed the implementation of 5 days of paid sick leave on January 1, 2022, calling the middle of the Omicron-wave of COVID-19 the wrong time to impose a new cost on businesses.

Since then, to help minimize the negative impact of this government policy on business the Langley Chamber is advocating three key areas in need of improvement with paid sick leave:

  • Creating a Mechanism for Partial Sick Days
  • Linking Sick Pay to the Amount of Missed Work
  • Creating a Greater Days-Worked Requirement

In May and June 2022, we have raised this issue with our local MLAs, and engaged directly with the Deputy Minister of Labour to advance the call for these needed reforms.   Read our letter to the DM. 

Employer Health Tax 

The Employer Health Tax is a new cost on employers that pulls $2 billion out of the economy and costs businesses money every time they hire or increase wages.  The Langley Chamber has worked for years to improve the tax to make it less onerous on businesses.

June 2022 - As the central component of our pre-budget submission to the provincial government's finance committee, the Langley Chamber is calling for an increase in the Employer Health Tax threshold, allowing businesses to exempt more of their payroll from the tax.  An increase in the threshold to $1,000,000 would bring BC in line with Ontario and would save businesses thousands in tax each year.   Read our budget submission.

In 2019, we worked with other chambers of commerce and boards of trade to advance a policy to try and stop the implementation:  Minimizing Undue Negative Impacts of the Employer Health Tax

Other Issues

Stop the Harmful Tax Changes on Private Corporations 

Enhanced Push for Intermunicipal Mobile Business License

Property Transfer Tax Reform

Elimination of 7 percent PST on Legal Fees

Presentation To City & Township Of Langley Councils re: Inter-Municipal Business Licenses