Start Your Business Here

Whether you’re an established company or just starting your first business, there are always questions. Here at the City of St. John’s Business Information Centre, our knowledgeable staff can help find the answers.

We know our way around town and we’d be happy to introduce you to the right people. On a complementary basis, we can connect you to the programs, resources and contacts you need, regardless of what stage your business is at.

We can help you navigate the regulatory process, and simplify your experience with staff that are well-connected with their colleagues across city departments.

The Business Information Centre provides connections to business and financing resources, research, economic data and customized demographic profiles. And if you still have questions, we can also provide:

– General statistics on St. John’s for investors, businesses, residents, and policy makers
– Macro-economic research about industries, demographics, and population
– Presentations on the State of the Economy

You can also visit our Publications page for a copy of Starting a Business in St. John’s, current and previous copies of our Economic Snapshot newsletter and much more business-related information.

Conveniently located at 348 Water Street, the Business Information Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also reach us at 709-576-8107 or business@stjohns.ca to book an appointment or to arrange a video call. Get in touch. We’re here to help.

Development Team

Considering a development project but not yet ready to formally apply? Check in with the City’s Development Team. The Development Team can meet with you informally and confidentially to provide information on the application process, zoning, fees, regulations and other requirements for proposed developments. To arrange a meeting with the Development Team, e-mail planning@stjohns.ca

Permits and Regulations

At the Business Information Centre, we can assist you in navigating the regulatory process. Our team works directly with our colleagues across city departments to allow for a more streamlined experience. Talk to us first to get the information you need to launch your venture.

An important first step is to review our A Guide to Municipal Regulations for Business. This guide provides an overview of the regulations, permits, processes, procedures and taxes as they apply to businesses in the City of St. John’s. And as every business is unique, it’s always beneficial to contact us directly at 709-576-8107 or business@stjohns.ca

Entrepreneur Support System

St. John’s offers a strong network of organizations from industry-specific associations, a technology incubator and government institutions committed to developing and supporting entrepreneurs and startups. The St. John’s ecosystem is recognized for its technological excellence, with key start-up organizations active in the St. John’s ecosystem that include:

Mentorship and/or Training:

 

Funding:

 

Community Groups:

 

Maker Space:

 

Coworking Spaces:

 

Real Estate

From downtown Class A office towers to new energy efficient suburban office space, St. John’s has office and industrial space that’s right for your business.

Average costs in 2021:

  • $34.49 (gross) per square foot office space
  • $12.03 (gross) per square foot for industrial real estate

 

The City’s MapCentre provides additional land use planning and zoning information.

Municipal Tax

For all tax information, rates, MIL rates and property assessment FAQs, please check the City’s website here.

Provincial Tax

Source: Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Finance

Newfoundland and Labrador maintains a favourable business tax climate. A number of credits and incentives are designed to encourage economic growth in strategic areas. Visit gov.nl.ca for additional information.

 

Corporate Income Tax

General Rate: 15.00%

Small Business: 3.00%

Corporate Capital Tax

General Rate: The province of Newfoundland and Labrador does not impose a general capital tax.

Financial Services: 6.00%

Payroll Tax: Payroll tax, at a rate of 2%, is payable by employers whose annual remuneration in this province exceeds $1.3 million.