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starting a business

Jasper supports local businesses and welcomes entrepreneurship. There are local organizations available to help you start a business. 

Support

The Community Futures West Yellowhead (CFWY) office provides small business services to people living in Jasper. They offer a wide range of business loan options, training courses, personal business coaching and networking events. Most of these services are either free or available for a small fee. Some programs have specific eligibility requirements. If you are considering opening a business in Jasper, contact CFWY to see how they can help. http://westyellowhead.albertacf.com/

They also have online tools you can use to assess your idea and develop a business plan. http://westyellowhead.albertacf.com/tools

The Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce (JPCC) is a local organization that works with members of the business community doing business advocacy, contributing the business voice to civic discussions, and coordinating local events. They also provide services to local business, including a group insurance plan, payroll services and shipping and fuel discounts. The JPCC acts as a hub that brings the business community together to work together toward the achievement of common goals, resolving common problems, and delivering the Jasper experience.

https://jasperparkchamber.ca/

Starting a Business in Jasper

All Canadian towns, cities and municipalities have rules and procedures in place that people wanting to start a business must adhere to. In Jasper there are two levels of government that you need to work with to meet requirements for starting a business. The federal government, Parks Canada, oversees the business application approval process and the local government, the Municipality of Jasper, oversees business licenses in the townsite. 

Step 1: To get a business license, your business must be approved by Parks Canada. Email pc.jasper-realty.pc@canada.ca a description of your business. Include where it will be located, the area you will service and any other relevant information. 

Step 2: If your business is approved, you will be asked for the sub lease agreement between you and the landlord of the building your business will be in. 

Step 3: If your business isn’t on the list of approved businesses for your location, you may have to go through Parks Canada’s Planning and Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) for permission to operate. 

Step 4: Take the necessary steps to get the following documents: 

• Parks Canada Compliance Inspection (done by Parks at business location)

• Fire Safety Code Inspection (done through the Municipal Fire Chief)

• Health Inspection (if serving food, done through Alberta Health)

• Certification of Commercial Liability Insurance (with a minimum of $2 million) 

• Certificate of Incorporation, Status or registration of business with the Province (Alberta Registries)

• Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) number

Step 5: Apply for a business license with either the Municipality, Parks Canada or both. 

  • If you are only operating within the town boundary, apply for a business licence from the Municipality of Jasper. 
  • If you are only operating outside of the town boundary, apply for a business licence from Parks Canada. 
  • If you are operating in both jurisdictions, obtain a business licence from Parks Canada as well as from the Municipality of Jasper. 

You can apply for a business license in person at Parks Canada (607 Connaught Drive), in person at the Municipality of Jasper Administration Office (303 Pyramid Lake Road) or online through the Municipality of Jasper website: Application for a Business

Municipality of Jasper Business License webpage: Business Licenses

Parks Canada Business license webpage: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/info/permis-permits/licence