Other Registration & Licensing Requirements

In addition to obtaining your City of Nanaimo Business License,  here are some other requirements that may be necessary for your business.

GST & PST: If you will be selling more than $10,000 a year in goods, you will have to collect and pay PST. Also, if your annual sales is more than $30,000, you may be required to collect and pay GST. These can be completed through OneStop Business Registry

Payroll account: If you will be paying salary or wages to employees, you’ll need to register with the Canada Revenue Agency for a payroll deductions account.

Employers’ Insurance: If you have employees, you’ll need to register with WorkSafeBC.

Identify other Licensing Requirements

Start by using BizPal, a free online service that helps you determine which permits and licences are required from all levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal).

To contact the provincial ministry you can go to  gov.bc.ca, phone 1-800-663-7867 or use this online list. For more information about federal licence requirements, visit canada.gc.ca or call 1-800-622-6232.


Last updated: February 23, 2024

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