1. Business start

Do you have a great idea and you want to turn into a business? Your local bilingual service centre is a great place to start your research on how to start a business. The Bilingual Service Centres – in partnership with Entrepreneurship Manitoba – belong to a network of business gateways. Come pick-up some great resources and talk to the information specialist about what steps are involved and find out how you can get the help you need to make your dream a reality. For more information on the business gateways, visit

Entrepreneurship Manitoba offers a large variety of services that help entrepreneurs start, manage or expand their business. Seminars and workshops, business counselling, research and financial programs are but a few examples of their services. For more information, visit

The Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM) offers services in French to new businesses, businesses that are established, expanding businesses or businesses who are thinking about exporting. The CDEM also works closely with schools, the business community and youth organizations to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit in our youth. Visit their website at

The World Trade Centre (WTC) Winnipeg provides support to Manitoba companies looking to grow their business beyond Manitoba and provides services to international companies interested in doing business with Manitoba companies. As a Member of the Canada Business Network and nestled within the WTC Winnipeg the Business InfoCentre, is an information hub for all things related to small business. They offer training seminars, market research, the BizGrid, and much more. For more information, visit

Young entrepreneurs

Do you think you have what it takes to be your own boss? The Young Entrepreneurs Business Grant Program encourages Manitoba youth (ages 18–29) to start full-time businesses and consider self-employment as a career choice. For more information, visit the Young Entrepreneurs website at (English) or (French). Futurpreneur Canada is a similar program that aims to help youth (ages 18–39) develops the knowledge they need to start a business and apply for financing. For more information, visit (English) or (French).

Business Directory

The BizPaS Directory is your fast, easy way to find Manitoba's programs and services for business start and operation, education and training, financial assistance, trade and investment and more! Visit

Companies Office

If you’re ready to register your business name, visit the Companies Office online to reserve your name at

Licences and permits

Are you wondering what kind of licences or permits you may need for your business? Search the BizPal directory to find out at

Employment laws

The Employment Standards Branch provides employees with information regarding minimum wage standards, protection for young workers, paying wages and more. It also investigates complaints about violations of these laws. Some employees are not covered under the Employment Standards Code. For more information, visit their website at

As an employer, you’re responsible for ensuring the safety and health of workers and others at your workplace.

  • SAFE Work Manitoba is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness. They provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans. Visit their website at
  • The Workplace Safety and Health Branch (WSH) of the Manitoba government conduct inspections and investigations to help keep everyone safe, and ensure compliance with the law. If there is a serious incident, injury or fatality at your workplace, this must be reported immediately to WSH:

Chamber of Commerce

Membership to your local Chamber of Commerce can be beneficial to your business. You can make important connections to the local business community, and participate in various events throughout the year where you can build relationships with other business owners. To find your local Chamber of Commerce, visit