Launching, expanding or relocating a business involves a number of steps and several local, provincial and federal agencies. Luckily, the Town of Cochrane’s Economic Development Department can offer assistance and connect you to the resources you’ll need along the way.

We want to hear your ideas—and ensure you’re on the path to success. For best results, contact us before you sign a lease, purchase equipment or start marketing. So send us an email. Call us at 403-851-2500. Or get started with the links below.

Starting or Expanding a Business

The simplest way to learn what your business needs to operate in Cochrane is to use the BizPaL Business Permits and Licences service. BizPaL is an innovative online service that provides you with simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to establish, operate and grow your business.

Using BizPal

Starting and growing a business can be a challenging experience. That’s why BizPaL is as easy to use as possible using a simple three-step process:

Step 1: Select a location
Step 2: Enter a business type
Step 3: Using the checklist, select the activities you may undertake

Based on your selections, the BizPal service generates a list of permits and licences from participating levels of government, along with basic supporting information. Links to government sites where you can learn more and, in some cases, apply online are also provided. Though every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the content offered on BizPaL, it remains your responsibility to obtain all required permits and licences before starting or expanding a business.

Visit BizPal online.

Additional Resources

Here’s more information about starting a business in Cochrane: