Canadian Business Licences & Permits
Canadian Business Licenses have become easier than ever to get. Remember the old days of having to drive around from location to location? Well alot of these services are now offered online. For instance, you can now get your Vancouver Business Permits and your Burnaby Permits by going to those Municipalities websites. It saves you time and money because you don’t have to drive, park and then wait in line.
Getting the right permits for your business is key to your success. Many newcomers do not know about the regulations that exist for new businesses. For instance, when I ran a coffee shop, I remember that we had somewhere between 10 and 15 permits before we could even open our doors. Newcomers may not know what permits they need and where to find this information. Remember that as a business owner, when it comes to operating a business in Canada, the authorities that regulate licences and permits are very strict. And if you are caught not following the rules, you may be banned from doing business in Canada or worse, sent back to your home country.
It is important that you are thorough in your research and that you do not take chances that you shouldn’t take. While you may save a few dollars today, it will potentially cost you thousands later if an authority finds out that you don’t have your permits to operate.
Newcomers can easily find out what licences and permits they need by going to this easy-to-use business tool BizPal where you can easily navigate which location you intend to set up business, which type of business it will be, and what major services you will provide. This tool will take you through and give you a complete list of Canadian permits and licences that you will need to have in place before you begin to operate.
Other permits and licences to double check with some industries include things like a Food Safety Permit, Health & Safety Permit. It is also mandatory that you register your company and any employees that you have with WorkSafeBC. Registration with WorkSafe BC is mandatory in Britsh Columbia. In the event that one of your employees is injured or suffers from an unexpected safety hazard, your Company will be found liable and will be responsible for all damages should WorkSafe BC find that you had not registered or paid for insurance to cover your workers.
Be smart about your business, and plan ahead to avoid future pitfalls that could result from professional negligence. Ensure you have all your registrations and permits in place before welcoming the outside world. You’ll be glad you did.
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