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Doing Business in Jasper


Jasper is home to a thriving business community, with motivated residents who want to shop locally.

Find information and resources to support your business in the drop-down menu below.


Start a business in Jasper!

Research your business idea and think about writing a business plan. Explore these online tools to help with the planning process; including a free template for writing your business plan.

To start a business in Jasper there are two levels of government that you need to work with; The federal government, Parks Canada, and the local government, the Municipality of Jasper. 

Parks Canada oversees the business application approval process and 

The Municipality of Jasper, oversees business licenses in the townsite. 

See 'Apply for a business licence' in the drop down below for a step by step guide of this process.

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Business Licence Application Form

  • Businesses operating within the town boundary need a business licence from the Municipality of Jasper. Apply online or pick up an application at the municipal Administration Office, located at 303 Pyramid Lake Rd.
  • Municipality of Jasper business licence fees are a flat rate of $165. 
  • Businesses operating outside the town boundary need a business licence from Parks Canada. 
  • Businesses operating in both jurisdictions (i.e. taxis, contractors, guiding companies) need both a Parks Canada and a municipal business licence.

How to Apply for a Business Licence

Applying for a new business license in Jasper is  a six step process. Each step of this process is outlined below:

Step 1

Get a business license. Before any business licence is issued, applicants must contact 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 important 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

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.

Download a translated copy of the step by step process below:

Because we live in a national park, you need to apply for a permit from Parks Canada to renovate a space or to build something new. You need to apply if you are renovating your personal space (like a home or a garage) and also if you are renovating or building a space for your business. 

If your business idea will include renovating inside of an existing space or building a new structure, you will need to apply for a development permit and a building permit from Parks Canada. 

You can find a link to more information on Parks Canada's Website.  

To reach a development officer, please call 780-852-6123 or email developpementjasper-jasperdevelopment@pc.gc.ca.

Renewing your business licence

Business Licenses Expire March 31.
Municipality of Jasper business licences must be renewed every year on April 1.  The Municipality will send an invoice in early March.

To renew your licence you need to:

  1. Complete the Business Licence Renewal Form 
  2. Provide a current copy of your liability insurance by either:
    • Uploading a digital copy with your renewal form, 
    • Emailing calton@jasper-alberta.ca, 
    • Faxing to 780 852 4019  or
    • Mailing to Box 520 Jasper, Alberta T0E 1E0.
  3. Pay the renewal fee of $165 to the Municipal Administration Office by:
    • Calling the office with a credit card number (780) 852-3356. (We accept Visa or MasterCard),
    • Sending a cheque in the mail to: Municipality of Jasper P.O. Box 520 Jasper, Alberta T0E 1E0, or 
    • Sending an e-transfer to: jschmidt@jasper-alberta.ca

**All forms of payment must include the Business licence number as reference**

Please note: You do not have to wait until March to send your Liability Insurance.  You can send an up to date copy as soon as it expires (anytime of the year) and be prepared for the following year.  If you have a business licence for a Private Home Accommodation (PHA) or Bed and Breakfast, please ensure that your current membership fees to the Jasper Home Accommodation Association (JHAA) are paid.

For businesses operating in both jurisdictions, you will need to renew both licences. Parks Canada business licence renewal information is available on their website.

Changes to your business information? 

  • For changes to your business name, address, incorporation number, etc., you must complete the online application form and attach all relevant documentation, or pick up a form at the Municipal Administration Office, located at 303 Pyramid Lake Rd.
     
  • Changes to the nature of your business may require you to start from the beginning of the business licence application process with Parks Canada.

Sign your business up to receive emergency alerts and other notifications from the Municipality of Jasper. 

You can sign up to receive an alert by phone, text message or email. 



Questions?


For more information or help answering questions please contact the Municipal Administration Office at 780-852-3356 or email calton@jasper-alberta.ca.

To understand the regulation and licensing of businesses operating within the town of Jasper,  please read the Town of Jasper Business Licensing Bylaw #110.

You can find more helpful tools and information on our Business Resources page.