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 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.

Canada

Alberta

  • Regulatory guidance — Life sciences
    Only Applies to : Alberta
    If you are developing a new medical device or pharmaceutical, biotechnology or natural health product, get help with approval rules and regulations.
  • Search Alberta Regulations
    Only Applies to : Alberta
    Use this search to find all proposed and approved Government of Alberta acts and regulations that may apply to your business.
  • Unfair practices — The Fair Trading Act
    Only Applies to : Alberta
    Find out if you need to license your business in accordance with Alberta's Fair Trading Act.

British Columbia

  • FrontCounter BC
    Only Applies to : British Columbia
    If you have a business in mining, forestry, agriculture or land and water, you can get help with applications, licenses and permits.

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

  • Access Nova Scotia
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Find out how to register your business, obtain required permits and licences, and get information on provincial government programs and services.
  • Business Navigators
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Get one-on-one help to identify the rules, regulations, permits and licences you need to run your Nova Scotia business.
  • Nova Scotia Online Service for Business
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Use this online service to apply for, manage, and pay for your Nova Scotia business registrations, permits and licenses.

Ontario

Quebec

  • Permits — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
    Only Applies to : Quebec
    Find out what permits you will need if you are engaged in commercial fishing and aquaculture in Quebec.(in French only)
  • Film distributor's licence
    Only Applies to : Quebec
    Find out how to apply for a distributor's licence if you want to sell, rent, loan or trade copies of films in Quebec.(in French only)
  • Certification for private seniors' residences
    Only Applies to : Quebec
    Find out about the regulations and procedures you need to follow to open a private seniors' residence.(in French only)
  • Permit — Tobacco tax
    Only Applies to : Quebec
    Find out about the permits you need if your business produces, carries, sells or stores tobacco in Quebec.
  • Permits — Fuel tax
    Only Applies to : Quebec
    Learn about the permits you need if your business collects, imports, refines or carries fuel in Quebec.
  • Promotional contests (Quebec)
    Only Applies to : Quebec
    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.(in French only)
  • Regulations for successive delivery service undertakings
    Only Applies to : Quebec
    Keep informed of the regulations and permits required to offer services or courses spread over several days or weeks in exchange for remuneration.(in French only)
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