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Business License

Did you know a business licence is required for all businesses, companies, guides and/or vendors who are operating in Point Pelee National Park? Licences are valid from the date of licence fee payment until March 31 of the following year.

Example business activities include: photography for hire, guided bird hikes, guided nature hikes, and guided canoe/kayak tours.

What you need to know about your licence:

  • The licence is valid until March 31 of the following year and commences the day after fee payment.
  • The licence allows you to conduct business at Point Pelee National Park.
  • The licence must be renewed yearly; failure to comply with park rules and regulations may result in suspension or cancelation of licence.
  • Business are required to possess commercial general liability insurance for a minimum of two million ($2,000,000 CDN) per incident. These are minimum insurance limit requirements and the Licensee is responsible for deciding if additional insurance coverage is necessary to fulfill its obligations under the agreement and to ensure compliance with any applicable law.
  • You do not need to be insured at the time that your application is submitted. However, if your application is approved, you must provide proof of insurance before a license will be granted.
  • Businesses must follow all park rules and regulation including the National Parks Act.
  • Business Licence does not include Park admission for business licence holder or their clients. Visit fees page for more details.

Business Licensees will be required to meet the following conditions:

  • Licensees will have access during regular park hours;
  • Business licensee must pay fee prior to first day of onsite sales,
  • The licensee will abide by all rules and recommendations by local, provincial and federal health authorities related to COVID-19. These are subject to change.
  • Licensees are responsible for their own promotion, and will not be reimbursed lost revenue;

Rules and Regulations

General Parks Canada Regulations that apply to businesses and their clients

  1. All wildlife attractants including food/garbage and fuel/oil products will be stored in such a way that they are not accessible to wildlife.
  2. Do not approach, chase or harass wild animals.
  3. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
  4. Locations used and the surrounding area must be kept clean and tidy at all times.
  5. Only guiding and outfitting, and photography activities listed in the licence are allowed to be carried out. Any modifications or changes to activities will require another application.

For more about Parks Canada’s business licencing requirement visit our service standards page. 


Guiding at Point Pelee

If you are operating a for profit hike at Point Pelee National Park, you will need to acquire a business licence. Hike leaders are required to have proof of licence on their person while visiting the park.

Who needs a Hike Leader Business Permit?

  • A guide leading a nature hike where money is exchanged
  • A guide leading a photography tour and or workshop where money is exchanged
  • A guide leading a Forest Therapy Workshop where money is exchanged
  • A guide leading any type of tour on the grounds, where money is exchanged.

You should be prepared to provide:

  • The specific activities you intend to provide
  • List of vehicles that will be used in providing the guided/outfitter activity
  • Details of safety practises you will be incorporating in providing guided/outfitter activities
  • The number of guides you plan to employ
  • A listing of your guides’ full names (a completed Guide ID application form part V)

Annual business licence fee (see below). Cheques can be made payable to “Receiver General for Canada”

  • Guide/hike leader (per guide) $58.80.

For more about Parks Canada’s licences for tour operators, outfitters and hike leaders visit our Business licences for tour operators and guides page


Photography

Did you know that if you are hosting photography shoots for profit at Point Pelee National Park you need a business permit? Operating any business activities in the park requires a licence.

Who needs a photography permit?

  • A photographer hired to take maternity, family, engagement, and/or wedding photos.
  • Videographer, a cinematographer with or without a lighting crew, director, etc. For example a news agency, documentary film crew, private project or social media influencer- these individuals may need a filming/photography permit. Visit our guide to film and photos shoots at Parks Canada page to learn more.
  • If not for personal use, you may need a Photography and Filming permit. Email us at pc.pelee.info.pc@canada.ca to verify the requirements.

Unsure of whether you need a business permit? Contact us at pc.pelee.info.pc@canada.ca

You should be prepared to provide:

  • The specific activities you intend to provide
  • Details of safety practises you will be incorporating

Annual business licence fee (see below). Cheques can be made payable to “Receiver General for Canada”

  • Photography $58.80.