Major Projects

Major Projects/Development Highlights For an up to date list of development highlights, statistics, and current major projects please visit businessinchilliwack

Employers

Leading Employers Chilliwack continues to undergo significant business growth and urban development. In the last ten years, Chilliwack business licenses have more than doubled to reach a total of over 4,700 business licenses, with an average of approximately 500 new business licences each year. To the Top

Business Costs

Business Costs With business costs lower than the US, Canada ranks highly among all other countries rated in KMPG’s Competitive Alternatives study. Vancouver, with an index of 94.6, is the closest major city to Chilliwack. However, Chilliwack has significantly lower land and facility costs, and as such would be closer to the Canadian average index […]

Cost of Living

Living Costs The cost of living in Chilliwack is significantly lower than Vancouver, primarily due to lower land values. The average cost of a single-family detached home in Chilliwack is $676,099. Rent Average monthly shelter costs for owned dwellings in Chilliwack is $2,182. For rented dwellings, the average monthly cost is $1000 for a one-bedroom.

Employment

Employment by Industry (NAICS) Refers to the general nature of the business carried out in the establishment where the person worked. The data are produced according to the NAICS 2012. Employment British Columbia’s south west Lower Mainland is home to about 70% of the province’s workforce. There were 1.5 million people working in the region […]

Communications

Mobility The largest providers for mobile telephone service are Telus Mobility, Rogers Canada, and Bell Canada. Other companies that have gained a strong market share in the area include (but are not limited to) Fido, Koodo, and Virgin Mobile. Internet and TV Internet and television service are predominantly available through cable (Shaw Cable) and ADSL […]

Education

Childhood Education The Chilliwack School District #33 is part of BC’s public school system and services more than 14,000 school-age children with 1,800 teachers and staff. Chilliwack is home to 20 public elementary schools, six middle schools, three secondary schools, and four alternative schools (including a distance learning school and First Nations school). The district […]

Media

Media Lower Mainland British Columbia is serviced by multiple media outlets, including Global BC, CTV, CBC, City TV, as well as the Vancouver Sun, the Province, and many other organizations. In Chilliwack, there are also several Chilliwack-specific media outlets. Publications • Chilliwack Progress: This local paper is published twice weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays).• Real Estate […]

Income

Wages & Income Chilliwack’s average family income is $82,311 per year (2016 Census), which is comparative to other cities of its size and distance from a major urban centre. British Columbia’s minimum wage is $14.60(CAD) per hour. Payroll Employers must deduct Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions, Employment Insurance(EI) premiums and income tax from an employee’s […]

Taxation & Fees

Development Cost Comparison When construction value exceeds $50,000, property developers must pay a Development Cost Charge (DCC) prior to obtaining a Building Permit. These fees are used to fund capital improvements to the sewer, water, drainage, and road infrastructure and the acquisition of parkland and open spaces. The table and chart below displays a comparison […]