Edmonton is Open for Business!
The City of Edmonton is creating an environment for new and existing businesses to grow and flourish.
Our focused approach to promote the interests of business owners is reflected through our emphasis on their growth in The Way We Prosper, our five-year economic development plan. The plan will catalyze new and existing business growth by providing world-class services, support and expertise.
The City of Edmonton has developed a number of resources to assist business owners who are getting started as well as those who are promoting Edmonton as a place to do business.
Starting a Business
If you are starting a business providing goods or services in Edmonton, you will need a business licence. For assistance in determining the type of licence your new business will require, please consult the service.
Acquiring a Development Permit
A development permit approves the use of a site, as well as the size and location of any buildings or structure. Development permit approvals must be obtained for new construction, renovations, businesses, and changes of use to existing buildings.
Expanding Your Business
As a partner in implementation of the City’s Economic Development Plan, the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation provides a multitude of services to help businesses expand.
The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is a wholly-owned entity of the City of Edmonton, with an independent board of directors and an entrepreneurial team that understands that its customers are Edmonton’s current/future business leaders and investors.
Acquiring Industrial Land
The Industrial Land Site Locator provides potential investors with searching capabilities identifying all available vacant industrial land in Edmonton. Investors can use the site’s powerful search, mapping and report functions to locate properties that suit their business needs.
Business Improvement Areas
Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are commercial areas in Edmonton where business owners work together to promote their areas as vibrant places for shopping, hospitality, manufacturing and other business activities. There are 13 BIAs in Edmonton.
Incentive Programs for BIAs
There are incentive programs, associated with the Business Improvement Areas, to help businesses be successful and contribute to Edmonton's economy.
The Development Incentive Program and the Facade and Storefront Improvement Program offer financial incentives for businesses in BIAs to renovate, redevelop or develop their properties in ways that make a positive contribution to the business area.
Corner Store Pilot Program
The purpose of the Corner Store Pilot Program explores the actions the City might take to revitalize small neighbourhood shopping sites in mature neighbourhoods.