Saskatchewan has a long history of people starting their own businesses. Some choose to buy an existing business and others start new. Also, in certain occupations, people are often self-employed. For example, many veterinarians, dentists, lawyers, optometrists and physicians operate their practices as businesses. Tradespeople, such as carpenters or electricians, may also go into business for themselves. Other business owners operate restaurants, sell goods or provide special services.
Saskatchewan has many opportunities for those who want to start or buy a business.
If you are a skilled business person, you can apply for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program – Entrepreneur and Farm Categories.
Online Resources to Help You Find Opportunities:
The Government of Saskatchewan cannot tell you which service provider to use.
Here are links to help you in your own research:
All businesses operating in Saskatchewan are required to be licensed or registered with the Ministry of Finance for Provincial Sales Tax (PST) purposes. You can access services 24 hours per day at the Online PST Registry.
Visit Building Licenses and Standards for information on building codes, fire codes standards, gas and electrical licensing, and building bylaws.
To find more resources, please visit Resources for Starting a Business.
Visit Investment and Economic Development for more information about investing in Saskatchewan.
Getting Help Starting Your Business
These free resources will provide you with information on starting your own business.
If you're planning on purchasing a company, you should have an accountant or certified business valuator review the financial statements. It's also normal practice to have your own real estate agent, whether you are buying or selling a business. A commercial lawyer, investment adviser and banker are other professionals you may want to consider. They will be interested in your success and give you the best chance of being successful in your business.
There are also many public agencies that provide free services to entrepreneurs. See Business Advisory Services for a list of contacts.
If you choose to start or buy a business that is not stated in your Business Performance Agreement (BPA), please contact the SINP Entrepreneur Program to renegotiate the terms of your agreement. You will be asked to provide details on your proposed business, including the names and contact information for your professional business service providers.
The young and growing population of First Nations and Métis people in Saskatchewan is one of the province's greatest assets in new entrepreneurship and business opportunities. The SINP Entrepreneur category provides an opportunity to assist First Nations and Métis communities interested in partnership economic development ventures. The partnering of newcomers with unique skills and innovative business ideas with First Nations and Métis communities seeking opportunities to maintain or expand economic opportunities is the goal.