Learn More About Compliance Issues
When it comes to starting a business, one of the first decisions you need to make is 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.
Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) - Government of British Columbia
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.
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.
Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation - BC Laws
The official regulation for liquor, including beer, in B.C.
General Business Resources
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.