Start a business

Follow these steps to start a business in B.C.

Choose from a sole proprietorship, partnership, or an incorporated company. Each structure has different legal and financial implications. You could also get advice from a lawyer or chartered accountant.

Request and reserve a business name online ($30 fee)

Businesses must have their name approved and confirm that it doesn't conflict with a name already being used by a corporation. Only incorporated companies, cooperatives or societies can guarantee exclusive use of their name. Find out how to choose the right name.

Depending on your business activities and location you may need permits or licences from local, provincial or federal government.


Small Business BC

B.C.’s key resource centre for comprehensive small business information and services.

Contact Small Business BC


WorkBC helps employers navigate B.C.’s labour market, manage your employees and maintain a safe and healthy workplace.