Do you have an innovative business idea? Are you new to town and brought your business along with you with nowhere to put it? Do you want to be your own boss? Cochrane is open for business and welcomes you.
We can help you find grant monies, lower financing opportunities, develop the right business plan and direct you to the right resources to ensure your new business idea becomes a reality. Discover and be part of the wonderfully unexpected.
A PROFITABLE PARTNERSHIP
It is beneficial for the town to have new businesses enter, be successful, and stay awhile. So, we are serious when we say that we are here to help you in every step of the way. Do not hesitate to get in touch.
GRANTS & FINANCING
Establishing your business in Northern Ontario provides you with more grants and financing incentives. However, not all grant & loan financing programs are the same and eligibility criteria differ from one program to the next, dependant on what business venture you are looking to embark on.
The last page of our community profile suggests various grants and financing opportunities that may fit your business endeavor. However, to ensure you are targeting the right programs and are successful in your applications, we encourage you to make an appointment today with your local Economic Development Officer.
Get in touch with Isabelle today. She will be more than happy to guide you through your best options when it comes to available grants and financing for your new business venture.
Business Licensing &
The Town of Cochrane wants to see its business sector and entrepreneurial spirit see continuous growth. Because of this, the town does not require new businesses to purchase a municipal business license. The town requires that businesses register only with the province as per provincial regulations.
CHARGES & FEES CHART
The Town of Cochrane imposes minimal development charges for its new potential businesses. Below is a table that identifies the most current development fees for new businesses.
|Commercial | Industrial||$32.00 application fee + $8.00 per $1,000.00 value of the structure being built|
|All Other New Construction||$32.00 application fee + $8.00 per $1,000.00 value of the structure being built|
|Temporary | Partial Building Permit||$32.00 application fee + $8.00 per $1,000.00 value of the structure being built|
|Repairs | Renovations||$32.00 application fee + $8.00 per $1,000.00 value of the structure being built|
Get in touch with Richard today. As the town’s Chief Building Officer, he will guide you through the licensing and development process, making sure you are legally set for any registration that is needed before construction begins.
BOARD OF TRADE
As a new business to town, you can join the Cochrane Board of Trade and benefit from all the perks they offer businesses in town. Take advantage of membership benefits like networking opportunities, town hall advocacy, community outreach programs, and much more.
The Cochrane Board of Trade creates a favourable environment for commerce in Cochrane and area. Its mission is to promote and improve trade, tourism and commerce, thereby enhancing the economic, civil, and social welfare of the Town of Cochrane and surrounding area. Learn more about the advantages by visiting the website.
Becoming A Member
Being a member of the Cochrane Board of Trade connects you to a network of fellow business owners, gives you the opportunity to take advantage of member discounts, and supports local initiatives.
Business Bylaws &
Like all communities, Cochrane has some strict guidelines when it comes to all local businesses. Before you plan anything, it’s always best to contact someone. The following application documents and bylaws may be of particular interest to new businesses setting up shop in Cochrane.
CHARITY BARBECUE FORM
Want to put on a town wide barbecue for charity purposes? Simply fill out the application form and send it our way.
A pedlars license is a certificate that allows a person to trade whilst on foot, often selling trinkets, household goods, and other hand made objects.
SIDEWALK CAFE LICENSE
A sidewalk cafe license and is required for a business that plans to operate a portion of a restaurant on a public sidewalk.
Encroachments are defined as anything installed, constructed, or planted within the public road allowance that was not installed, constructed or planted by the Town of Cochrane.
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE
If you are planning to temporarily close the street fully, partially occupy a curb lane for a race, run, walk or festival, you must apply for a street closure permit in accordance with the Town of Cochrane’s guidelines.