Resources List for Food and Beverage Entrepreneurs

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur looking to innovate in the food or beverage industry? Below, we’ve listed available resources in British Columbia that can help you start your culinary journey.

General Resources

Small Business BC

Small Business BC provides a wide variety of resources and services to entrepreneurs looking to start a business. No matter which industry you are looking to start in, we will have expert advice. Below are some of the valuable services we offer that can prepare you with adequate knowledge to start a business.

Government of BC

Government of Canada

  • Checklist for starting a business in restaurant/catering
  • Checklist for starting a food truck business

BC Restaurant & Food Services Association

BCRFA is a group of restaurant professionals that are leaders amongst industry organizations committed to creating the best business environment. They serve to provide expert knowledge and opportunities to help them thrive in the food and restaurant industry.

Small Scale Food Processor Association

Canada’s leading support organization for small and medium enterprises in the food processing industry by providing leadership, education, marketing, networking and advocacy to foster success in a competitive global market.

BC Food and Beverage

BCFPA represents micro, small, medium, and large processing companies in BC. They strive to provide education, represent the community and share information that affects the society.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

CFIA is a regulatory agency that is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada’s people, environment and economy.

Regulations and Requirements

Canada Institute of Food Safety

  • List of food safety laws and requirements in BC

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Vancouver Coastal Health


  • Foodsafe guidelines that needs to be followed by any food service businesses to ensure safe food handling and hygiene.


Advice and Tips 

Small Business BC


Restaurants Canada

Canada Business

COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the food and beverage industry particularly hard. Here are some resources you can access to find the available programs and a community to lean on for support.

Other Valuable Resources