Published: Dec 28, 2016
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017
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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.


The BC VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) program verifies that designated wines are made from 100% BC grapes and meet minimum quality standards as defined by the BC VQA Regulation.

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.

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.

British Columbia Wine Act

The official regulation for BC wine

Natural Resource Sector Online Services 

This service simplifies the process for individuals or small-to-medium-sized natural resource businesses starting up or already operating.

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.