Permits and licences 

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.

  • Centre of Administration for Permissions — Food, Animals, Plants

    Find answers to your questions about import licences, permits, and registrations issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and check on the status of your application.

  • The Fair Trading Act
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Find out if you need to license your business in accordance with Alberta's Fair Trading Act.

  • Search Alberta Regulations
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Use this search to find all proposed and approved Government of Alberta acts and regulations that may apply to your business.

  • Regulatory guidance — Life sciences
    Applies only to: Alberta

    If you are developing a new medical device or pharmaceutical, biotechnology or natural health product, get help with approval rules and regulations.

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