More Business Information
Provincial Sales Tax
Are you interested in learning more about provincial sales tax (PST)? Are you unsure about PST exemptions, entitlements and your obligations? Do you have questions about how PST applies to your business?
The Ministry of Finance provides outreach services to help you understand PST when you sell or lease goods and services. You can register to attend one of our free interactive webinars to learn about the tax, how to register to pay PST and the online services available to help you file and pay your taxes.
To register for a webinar, visit www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach.
Email us at BCTaxOutreach@gov.bc.ca for more information or call toll free: 1-877-388-4440.
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
Are you interested in selling your goods and services to the federal government? If so, you should register in the Supplier Registration Information (SRI) system as a potential supplier to the Government of Canada. SRI is used by federal government buyers to identify potential suppliers for purchases not subject to any of the trade agreements (for which they use MERX).
An important feature of SRI is the Procurement Business Number (PBN) created using your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Business Number (BN) to uniquely identify a branch, division, or office of your company. Public Works and Government Services Canada is using the BN for its purchasing and payment systems as a supplier identifier code.
For additional information on federal government procurement, click here.
For assistance, contact the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services Canada:
Administration enquiries: 604 666-8295 BC/Yukon InfoLine: 1 866 602-0403
Record of Employment (ROE)
Record of Employment (ROE) on the Web is a free and secure Web-based application which enables employers to create, submit and print 53 Week ROEs via the Internet. For more information visit Service Canada's Record of Employment
When you are ready to register please visit a Service Canada Centre closest to you.
The online application also enables you to view, retrieve and amend ROEs at anytime.
Small Business BC
Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources, there's a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking "How do I...?" Small Business BC is the one to call. Visit www.smallbusinessbc.ca
B.C. Business Network
The B.C. Business Network is a Provincial program that supports local businesses with their international trade initiatives. If you are interested in selling your goods and/or services to the rest of Canada, other North American or international markets, you should register a free profile with the B.C. Business Network. This way foreign partners and our Trade and Investment Representatives will be able to reach you when the right opportunity comes up.
The B.C. Business Network can help raise your company profile, identify international opportunities and contacts, stay up-to-date with important sector news, and get practical and hands on support in key overseas markets.
Business Victoria offers information, training and mentoring programs to entrepreneurs throughout Southern Vancouver Island. We have partnered with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, and have developed the programs Firestarter and EntreActive in order to help you research, plan, start and grow your own business. Business Victoria has been serving the community for 25 years and has helped to establish more than 2300 small businesses in the Community.Business Victoria offers information, training and mentoring programs and services to entrepreneurs throughout Southern Vancouver Island. Programs Firestarter, EntreActive and partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation are designed to help you to research, plan, start and grow your own business. Business Victoria has been serving the community for 25 years and has helped to establish more than 2300 small businesses in the Community.
Make A Change Canada/Faire un Changement Canada is a federally incorporated charitable organization accredited under the Imagine Canada Standards Program. We develop and deliver business start-up and web technology training to people facing challenges to employment. Our programs and services are available online across Canada. Visit:www.makeachangecanada.com
Business Abilities (BA)
Online business planning resources and one-on-one coaching assistance, from career exploration to new business mentorship. Services are available free of charge to people who self-identify as living with a disability. Training is flexible and supportive with a continuous intake. Visit and apply online:www.businessabilities.ca
To learn more about Make A Change Canada, please visit:www.makeachangecanada.com or call us toll free at
If you use music, live or recorded, in your business or for your event visit www.socan.ca for licensing information as it is Federal Copyright Law.
WorkBC is a Province of British Columbia website, with information useful to employers just a click away. It is an Internet application that facilitates job seekers and employers in British Columbia to connect online, free of any service charges.
Employers can advertise and manage job openings at their own convenience - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is also the opportunity to supply marketing material to enhance the ability to attract new employees.
Additionally, there are resources to help employers develop a business, find and keep workers, create a vibrant work environment, and much more!
Visit us at www.workbc.ca.
Could you benefit from a business mentor?
MentorshipBC is an online resource that helps small business owners access the many mentor programs offered in BC. Created in response to demand from small business owners, MentorshipBC is committed to raising awareness of mentor programs in the province and the value of mentorship for small business. Click on www.mentorshipBC.ca to find a mentor program that meets your needs.
Women's Enterprise Centre
BC's leading resource for women entrepreneurs, offering business loans, skills training, business advice, mentors, resources and a supportive community to help women start, grow and succeed in their business
Consumer Protection BC
Consumer Protection BC is the regulator of a variety of industries and specific consumer transactions in the province. If you are starting a business in any of the following occupations or industries, your business requires a licence with us and your business practices must abide by certain laws: travel agent or wholesaler, home inspector, debt collection, bailiffs, debt repayment agents, payday lending, funeral homes, cemeteries, crematorium, movie theaters, video retailers, motion picture distributors, and certain telemarketers. Our mandate is to license and inspect our regulated businesses, respond to consumer inquiries, investigate alleged violations of consumer protection laws, classify all general release motion pictures and provide information to consumers so they can self-assess the fairness of a transaction.
British Columbia Securities Commission
If you intend to raise money directly from investors, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) wants you to know how to do it right. The BCSC is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating capital raising, securities trading, and investor protection.
The BCSC’s “For Companies” section on its website will help get you started, and a call to BCSC Inquiries at any point along the way can save you from making costly mistakes.
To find out more about capital raising in British Columbia: www.bcsc.bc.ca/For_Companies
Email BCSC Inquiries at email@example.com or call 1-800-373-6393