Starting a Business in Oakville

Support services for starting a business in the Town of Oakville.

Looking to start a new business in Oakville? 

There are many organizations, programs and services to support you and provide connectivity for your new business.

Invest Oakville

The Economic Development team (Invest Oakville) is here to help your business start and grow in Oakville. We can provide support navigating the development approval process, share relevant industry data, and make connections in Oakville's ecosystem of business supports. 

Visit the Invest Oakville website to learn more about doing business in Oakville and how we can help.

Local organizations and networks

Oakville is home to several organizations that are available to provide support and assistance for your new or existing business. These organizations include: 

To learn more about the diversified local organizations that are here to help, please visit the Business Support Service page on the Invest Oakville website.

Business licences

Did you know that many businesses in Oakville require a licence? Holding a valid business licence ensures businesses follow by-law regulations and limitations, providing supporting documentation and security clearances which provide consumer protection. 

Determine if your business requires a licence and submit your business licence applications online.


In addition to a Town of Oakville business licence, your business may require other additional licences and/or permits.  BizPaL is an online business permit and licence service that helps you find the permits and licences you may require when starting and/or operating your business. You can filter permits based on your location, industry, and business activities and save the ones that apply to your situation. 

Please note: The Town of Oakville cannot guarantee that the BizPaL database is all-inclusive. You will still have to conduct additional research to ensure that your business is regulatory compliant. Please contact ServiceOakville to find out which permits and licences may be required for your business in Oakville.


Economic Development