Starting a Business

In advance of making an investment or detailed business plan, it is recommended that you ensure what you are proposing is in compliance with relevant CBRM bylaws. Staff of the Planning and Development Department can assist you with questions you may have. For more information, please visit the following webpages:


Business Cape Breton

Business Cape Breton is an economic development agency working to create, grow, and retain businesses on Cape Breton Island. A main objective of Business Cape Breton is to improve the economy of the Island through economic development activities to help support business growth. Business Cape Breton is working to make Cape Breton the most business-friendly municipality in Atlantic Canada.

For more information, visit their new website at

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BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences

BizPaL is a web-based service that allows business clients to easily generate a customized list of the permits and licences they require from three levels of government - local, provincial and federal. This service cuts document research time and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

If you are already operating, BizPaL can help you verify that you have all the correct permits and licences.

This service is the result of collaboration between the Government of Canada and participating provincial and municipal governments.

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