Regulations & Guidelines

Published: Oct 8, 2010
Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016
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Start With These Websites To Learn More About Compliance Issues

When it comes to starting a business, one of the first decisions you need to make is the the legal structure of your business - sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, or limited company. You'll also need to register your business and you'll need to be aware of many municipal, provincial or federal regulations. The websites in this section will help you.

Canada Business Network - Permits and Licenses Search
Search for the permits and licenses applicable to your industry and location to meet all federal, provincial and municipal regulations.

Small Business BC (SBBC)
SBBC is a great place to start for information on BC specific regulations and guidelines, for whatever stage you are in your business development. This is a great post on the topic.

This is the one-stop website to assist Canadian businesses that are just starting up, or expanding into new areas. BizPaL asks you a short series of questions about the nature and scope of your current or proposed business. Based on your answers, BizPaL provides you with a customized list of government permits and licences that you may require to operate your business. All of the information that you provide is kept anonymous, and you may save or print your results for future reference.

Canada Revenue Agency - Business
This section of the Canadian federal tax agency's website contains important taxation and documentation requirements that businesses operating in Canada must adhere to.

The Province of British Columbia
Provides information on programs and resources available to small business owners in British Columbia. Includes information on taxes and industry regulations. Start with the Permits, Licences & Registrations section.

Start With These Websites For Industry Specific Info

Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) - BC Ministry of Justice
The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) issues licenses in BC for making and selling liquor, and supervises the service of liquor in licensed establishments.

Start here: Publications, Legislation & Resources
Start here: Licensee Guide - Liquor-Primary Licence Terms and Conditions (PDF - 61 pages)

Serving It Right - BC's Responsible Beverage Service Program
Serving it Right is a mandatory self-study course for licensees, managers and servers about their legal responsibilities when serving alcohol. Generally speaking, all licensees, managers, sales staff and servers in licensed establishments require the Serving It Right Certificate. Serving It Right is administered by go2 - BC's tourism industry human resource association.