Rules and regulations all Canadian businesses need to know

No one loves dealing with anything that can be perceived as “red tape.” But the various rules and regulations in place for Canadian businesses are designed to help ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Business registration
For a business to legally operate in Canada, you need to register its name and company details with your provincial or territorial government. You’ll also need to get a business number from the Canada Revenue Agency in order to file your corporate taxes, collect HST/GST and be eligible for tax deductions.

In addition, find out which permits and licences you need to legally operate. These are generally at the municipal level of government.

Industry affiliation
Most industries have trade groups or associations that you can join that have numerous benefits. Through these you might be able to join a buyers’ group to get preferential rates on key resources, participate in trade shows and networking events, and gain access to research and insights on the latest issues affecting your industry. In some industries – such as health care or education – you’ll be required to have specific accreditation to operate.

Food-specific safety
If your company imports food into Canada or prepares food or beverages that will be exported from Canada or traded from one province or territory to another, there is a specific set of rules to follow called the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. They reduce the regulatory burden for businesses by replacing 14 different food regulations with a single set of consistent rules for all food.

Find more information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website, inspection.canada.ca

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