Starting a Business in Alberta

Welcome to Starting a Business in Alberta

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The purpose of this site is to help you learn what you will need to start a business in Alberta, then how to market and run your business successfully in Alberta.

Throughout the pages of this site you will find resources that will help you get started with your new business in Alberta.  These resources can be found throughout the province in most cities and towns.

When you are starting a business in Alberta you will have to follow the guidelines of the city, town, or county that you live in.  On top of those regulations you may have to get a license with the province of Alberta.  The businesses that require further licensing according to a consumer tip sheet put out by the government of Albert are:



Cemetery pre-need contract sales and salespersons

Charitable organizations

Collection and debt repayment agencies

Collectors and debt repayment agents


Direct (door-to-door) sellers

Energy marketing companies and energy marketers

Employment agencies

Fund-raising businesses


Monument sales and monument salespeople

Payday lenders

Prepaid contractors

Retail home sales (mobile homes, modular homes, packaged homes)

Travel clubs

Please check with the Alberta government website for more information.

Unlike other provinces in Canada you are able to register your business in many new locations.  Any registration office that will license your vehicle will also help you with the registration of your business.  You will still need to get a city or other municipal license, but you can get started here with a nuance search for a business name.  Check out Starting a Business in Edmonton, Alberta

You can also set up a corporation at most offices rather than going and seeing a lawyer.  Of course this may not be in your best interest as only a lawyer will be able to truly help you with your legal issues.

I have started a few businesses in Alberta, one in Calgary, and one in Edmonton.  I owned a plumbing company in Calgary for about 5 years, and I have owned a plumbing company in Edmonton for about 4 years now.  As I would work throughout the province I did have to start a business in Red Deer so that I could pull plumbing permits for the houses I was working on.

In both Red Deer and Calgary you could get a business license and pull permits right away.  In Edmonton though you need to go a step further and get a surety bond of at least $10,000 to pull permits.  This is to help the consumer in case the contractor fails to deliver, goes out of business before the job is done or tries to rip of the consumer in some way.



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