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Starting a business in Bruce

Thousands of bright Ontarian’s start new companies every year. They have ideas and skills. And they are passionate about making their own future. To our mind, there’s no better place for that future and starting a business than in Bruce County. The opportunities here are unlimited. And we share your passion for entrepreneurship.

Explore our Starter Company Plus Program.


BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences

BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences

BizPaL is an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments. Launch the BizPaL Service

If you have issues or questions with regards to BizPaL, please contact us .


The Match Your Skills page on this site gives you an opportunity to find the perfect Bruce community for your business and lifestyle vision.


We’ve also created individual community Business Owner Networks online where you can ask business people in the community of your choice questions about how they set up shop.

Josie Myles

Josie tells us her business journey and why she’s thankful it happened here in Bruce County.

After graduating university, I decided to move back to Wiarton to start my family. Although my education was in Environmental Studies, a bit of good timing and a lot of courage resulted in me purchasing a clothing store on the main street.

Over twenty years later and I’ve bought the building, expanded my space and built a loyal customer base. Wiarton has been a wonderful place to have a business and the best part is that everyday on my drive down the hill, I get to look out over the escarpment and crystal clear water in the bay and be reminded of how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful place.


Gaby discusses how she’s started and grown a successful business.

Starting your own business begins with a dream and the desire to create something special. Even though I had no formal business training, I was passionate about my dream and making it my reality. I am proud to say that The Harbour Rose Boutique is in its 9th year of business with many more to come.

Before starting my business I had to conduct my own research; that involved exploring my town to find out what it had to offer in the retail business and what was missing. What was the town’s demographic make-up? What was my business plan? Conducting this research was invaluable to establishing my business identity and assisting me in creating a business plan to ensure sustainable growth in my business for its future success.


Be sure to seek guidance from Business to Bruce for start-up tips, business planning advice and support for your ideas.

We provide the following services:
  • Free one-on-one consultations
  • Market research assistance
  • Help navigating government information
  • Business Basics workshops and topic-specific seminars featuring local experts
  • Public computer access; for help registering your business or completing financial projections

Every business starts with an idea, and our business guides can help you build your vision; but if you’re eager to set off, this section has some resources you may find helpful.

Business Plan
Business planning is a critical step before you start. A well-researched business plan allows you to visualize your dream and challenges you to answer questions regarding its viability. It is often a requirement when requesting financing.

Bruce County is located in southwestern Ontario, Canada.