Starting A Business in Mount Pearl

You and your business need the right spot to call home.  Find it in Mount Pearl, a city committed to business excellence and your success!

Mount Pearl is a business-friendly city and we are pleased to provide you with A Guide for Businesses in Mount Pearl. This easy-to-use guide will save you time in identifying contacts for business information. It contains key information on the City and the various provincial and federal government departments and agencies that you will need to contact to establish your new business. In addition, please see our Opening a Business – Step by Step Process and consider visiting our page on City regulations, as well as permits, forms and applications.

Mount Pearl is a pro-business city and prides itself on a government that is committed to nurturing and supporting business. Whether you are looking to start a business, be it a home based business or a brick and motor operation, Mount Pearl’s ‘Open for Business’ policy supports an innovative and competitive business community with industry leaders in growth sectors like the oil and gas, information technology, transportation, manufacturing and retail.

Mount Pearl is one of the greatest little cities in the world to do business, considered to be at the top when it comes to competitiveness, innovation and quality of life. Few communities in Newfoundland and Labrador can offer such multi-sector strength, depth of talent and a driving economic and financial engine. With progressive economic and infrastructure planning, Mount Pearl can place you on the leading edge of growth and technology well into the 21st century.

We offer a skilled workforce, an established technological base and access to advanced research facilities that will provide your business with the edge it needs to compete in an ever more challenging global marketplace.

The City of Mount Pearl offers you…

  • Strong high-tech industrial base
  • High speed fibre optic cable network
  • Solid record of sustained, rapid growth
  • Excellent quality of life
  • Well trained and motivated workforce
  • Positive climate supporting business growth
  • Proximity to research institutes and university

Cost competitive place to do business

Mount Pearl is competitive, provides excellent value and large profit potential. Business costs are lower than most NL centres and key competitors.

Information on Select Business Costs

  • Wages and Salaries
    Information on wages and salaries paid in various occupations in the Mount Pearl region can be found by visiting working in Canada.
  • Minimum Wage
    Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time, casual employees, or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary. The Newfoundland and Labrador minimum wage rate will remain at $10.50 per hour
  • Utilities 
    Check out the business rates for electricity and water usage in Mount Pearl.
  • Operating costs
    Canada provides the greatest business cost advantage among nine industrialized nations studied.
  • Tax rates
    Data for City of Mount Pearl tax rates for commercial, industrial, residential and multi-residential enterprises, as well as corporate income tax, employment insurance and pension plan premiums can be found here.


All properties in Mount Pearl, both residential and commercial area assessed by the Municipal Assessment Agency and are based on market values.

Great place to live

Considered to be one of the safest, cleanest and friendliest cities in the province where one’s diversity is celebrated and welcomed. Residents enjoy access to world-class education ( or and universal health care (

Supportive Municipal Government

The City of Mount Pearl is committed to creating an environment for business to thrive. Staff help businesses navigate municipal programs and processes and provide consultation services and hands-on solutions.

Support for key industry sectors

Mount Pearl’s multi-sector strength drives growth, innovation and synergies. City staff works to promote the health and growth of the web of interconnected businesses that comprise Mount Pearl’s key industry sectors and consult with businesses on sector-specific issues and opportunities.


The Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce is an important and vibrant part of the City; striving to promote and enhance the development of small and medium businesses in Mount Pearl.


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Additional information:

For more information:

Steve Kent
Chief Administrative Officer

T: 709-748-1025