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In order to do business in Canada, and to comply with government regulations, you may need a variety of licences and permits from different levels of government.
Use the permits and licences search above to find out which ones may apply to your business. Please note that while most provinces and territories are represented in the search, many municipalities and industry sectors are not included. You may want to check with your municipal government about requirements for new businesses.
Additionally, your business may need to comply with other regulations or obligations that do not involve permits and licences.
Access Nova Scotia
Only Applies to : Find out how to register your business, obtain required permits and licences, and get information on provincial government programs and services.
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Online Service for Business
Only Applies to : Use this online service to apply for, manage, and pay for your Nova Scotia business registrations, permits and licenses.
Nova Scotia FrontCounter BC
Only Applies to : If you have a business in mining, forestry, agriculture or land and water, you can get help with applications, licenses and permits.
British Columbia Government Service Centres — Permits and Licences
Only Applies to : Get the permits, licences and approvals you need to conduct business in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Newfoundland and Labrador Government of New Brunswick services for business
Only Applies to : Search this website for information on programs, regulations, permits, licences, fees, forms, contacts and online transactions.
New Brunswick Centre of Administration for Permissions — Food, Animals, PlantsFind answers to your questions about domestic and import licences, permits, and registrations issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The Fair Trading Act
Only Applies to : Find out if you need to license your business in accordance with Alberta's Fair Trading Act.
Alberta Tobacco Retail Dealer's Permit
Only Applies to : Find out how the permit affects you if you are a wholesaler or retailer of tobacco in Ontario.
Ontario Permit — Tobacco tax
Only Applies to : Find out about the permits you need if your business produces, carries, sells or stores tobacco in Quebec.
Québec Permits — Fuel tax
Only Applies to : Learn about the permits you need if your business collects, imports, refines or carries fuel in Quebec.
Québec Search Alberta Regulations
Only Applies to : Use this search to find all proposed and approved Government of Alberta acts and regulations that may apply to your business.
Alberta Regulatory guidance — Life sciences
Only Applies to : If you are developing a new medical device or pharmaceutical, biotechnology or natural health product, get help with approval rules and regulations.
Alberta Commercial fishing and aquaculture permits
Only Applies to : Find out what permits you will need if you are engaged in commercial fishing and aquaculture in Quebec.
Québec (in french only) Promotional contests (Quebec)
Only Applies to : Find out about the regulations and procedures for holding a promotional contest for profit where the total value of the prizes to be awarded exceeds $100.
Québec (in french only) Certification for private seniors' residences
Only Applies to : Find out about the regulations and procedures you need to follow to open a private residence for the elderly.
Québec (in french only) Regulations for successive delivery service undertakings
Only Applies to : Keep informed of the regulations and permits required to offer services or courses spread over several days or weeks in exchange for remuneration.
Québec (in french only)