In Canada, some businesses require licenses and permits, while others don’t. As a small business owner, it’s important to be compliant with regulations, but it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, the BizPaL website is online to help.
Using the site is simple. Simply select your province from the map on the home page, then enter your city, municipality, or First Nation, as well as keywords related to your business. For instance, if you plan to open a dog grooming business in Vancouver, enter Vancouver as your location and “dog grooming” as your keyword. Try playing with different keywords to ensure you get the results you need.
In lieu of using the website, you can launch the BizPaL app and follow the instructions to determine whether or not you need licenses or permits. The option to launch the app is on the home page of the site. Once you enter the required information, the site or app generates a list of the permits you need from each level of government. Just follow the links to learn more about what you need to do to apply.
The BizPaL site is a joint effort between federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, but unfortunately, not every government is involved. As a result, only 79% of Canadian entrepreneurs can obtain the information they need from BizPaL. If you can’t find what you need on the BizPaL site, try the permit and licensing search on the Canada Business Network website. These are just a couple of the great resources that can help as you start your business. As you get ready to launch, you may want to find others.