The Development Team: here to help

If you are a property developer, looking for help with the development process, contact our Development Team. We're here to help! The Development Team can provide information on the issues for the development of a specific site and the requirements of the City for the proposed development.

“Meeting with developers or potential applicants helps all involved understand what factors are involved in an application,” said Chief Planner Ken O’Brien. “Developers get to chat with some of the staff who deal directly with applications, which can smooth out the process for all involved.


The Development Team will meet with individuals, firms or developers who wish to make an application to the City for the development of property. Meetings can be formal or informal, and discussions are confidential and are not disclosed as public information. The goal is to help developers navigate the St. John's Development Regulations. 


“As a developer in the City, we meet with the Development Team at the initial stages of every project as standard practice,” said Keith Noseworthy, PTech, Project Manager for KMK Capital Inc. “The Development Team helps to ensure that the project starts out on the right foot.”


Meeting before you make a formal application can save a lot of time and energy. 


The team includes staff from Engineering, Planning and Development, Legal Services and other City Departments, depending on the specific issues.


As for the value of engaging with the Development Team early, Noseworthy says: “The team is very knowledgeable about the City processes and regulations,” They provide guidance on things to consider for the project, the municipal requirements that apply and valuable insights into some of the impediments that a project may have to face.”


If you need further information or would like to arrange a meeting with the Development Team, contact us at

News Briefing

Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov 14 – 20

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that takes place in over 180 countries worldwide. Hosted in Canada by Futurpreneur, GEW enables businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem champions to organize events focused on key themes related to entrepreneurship, including education, ecosystems, inclusion, and policy.

In St. John’s, the YMCA and Futurpreneur are hosting a virtual Business Planning Information Session on Monday, Nov 14th from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. There is no need to register for the session, simply click on the Microsoft Teams link below at the time of the event or email Scott Andrews at Futurpreneur for details.

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

The City of St. John's is also pleased to fly the GEW Canada flag at City Hall and to proclaim the week of November 14 – 20 Global Entrepreneurship Week in St. John’s.

Transitional Support Program for Smaller Employers

Beginning October 1, 2022, and running until September 30, 2023, eligible businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador will be able to apply for financial help to offset the costs of minimum wage increases through the Transitional Support Program for Smaller Employers. The program will pay eligible employers $0.50/h for all hours worked at the minimum wage rate from October 1st, 2022, to September 30, 2023 to a maximum of $20,800. Employers must apply before December 1, 2022. Click here to learn more.

St. John’s-based PragmaClin on a winning streak 

St. John’s med-tech startup PragmaClin Research took home the top prize, winning $20,000 in the 2022 AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge.

PragmaClin has created a digital assessment tool for monitoring Parkinson’s disease progression. Their PRIMS software will help people living with Parkinson's to get help faster with more accurate results. 

PragmaClin also took home the second place prize in Startup Canada’s Global Pitch Competition, winning $15,000. In addition, Pragmaclin is the winner of the Early Stage Health category for the Venture Cup Denmark University Startup World Cup. Bronwyn Bridges, Co-founder and CEO of PragmaClin, and PhD candidate at Memorial University's School of Pharmacy, was named a 2022 Top 30 Under 30 Innovator by Atlantic Business Magazine.

At a Glance

"I loved it here right away. I fell in love with the place, with the people, with the surrounding nature, and with the creativity that was everywhere I went," says techNL CEO, Florian Villaume, who was featured in a New Canadian Media article talking about his journey to NL, one of Canadas places-to-be for disruptors and innovators. Read the full story.

Memorial University's Fall graduates come from fifty nations around the globe: Bangladesh. Barbados. Belize. Brazil. Cameroon. Canada. Ceylon. Chile. China. Colombia. Democratic Republic of Congo. Ecuador. Egypt. Estonia. Germany. Ghana. Hong Kong. India. Iran. Iraq. Ireland. Italy. Jamaica. Jordan. Libya. Lebanon. Malaysia. Mauritius. Mexico. Nepal. New Zealand. Nigeria. Pakistan. Palestine. Philippines. Portugal. Russia. Saudi Arabia. South Korea. Sri Lanka. Sudan. Tanzania. Trinidad and Tobago. United Kingdom. United States. Venezuela. Vietnam. Zambia. Zimbabwe. Read the full story.

CoLab Software, the St. John’s-based maker of collaboration software for 3D modelling, has been accepted into the Lazaridis Institute’s prestigious ScaleUp program for growth-stage companies in the wake of its best quarter ever. Read the full story.

College of the North Atlantic Textile and Apparel Design students' passion for unique fashion goes international. Our congratulations to Lance Bowers of NewfoundThrifts who has found success with K-pop superstars BLACKPINK among others. Read the full story.

For Dr. Tomás Araya Schmidt, a 2013 summer internship at the largest flume tank in the world set him on a path to becoming the Marine Institute's first PhD graduate in their 58-year history. Read the full story.

Writer, director, actor, and dramaturge Santiago Guzmán has been awarded the John Palmer Award, which honours a new-generation artist as a change-maker in theatre, by the Playwright’s Guild of Canada. Read the full story.

BMO Financial Group's new main branch building at 331 Water Street is now open. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

Government of Canada Business Supports

Canada Digital Adoption Program

The Government of Canada has launched the Canada Digital Adoption Program to support Canadian small-and-medium-sized businesses to grow their online presence and upgrade or adopt digital technologies. The program provides funding (grants) and expert advice to businesses to help increase sales and reduce costs. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Courses and Events

Book your spot!

Atlantic Canada Online Global Programs' Webinar Series is designed to help you grow your exports, sales, brand and business internationally.

Nov 9 Startup Canada's Startup Communities | Build Your Side-Hustle

Nov 10 The Harris Centre's Strategies for NL's Shrinking Workforce: Regional Approaches for Regional Impacts

Nov 17 NLOWE's Economic Recovery Growth Symposium

Nov 17 Export Development Canada's Women in Trade: Strategies to Grow Your Business Globally

Nov 17 Association for New Canadians' IDEAS 2022: Inspiring Creativity in a Diverse Workplace

Nov 18 Gardiner Centre's Project Management Symposium

Nov 21 Energy NL's Ukrainian Immigration Information Program Session

Nov 24 St. John’s Board of Trade's Business Resilience Awards 2022

Nov 24 ACOA' s How to Leverage Industrial Benefits and Technological Benefits

Dec 6-7 Gardiner Centre's Cybersecurity for Managers

Questions About Starting a Business?

Our knowledgeable staff are here to help

Opening a new business is a busy and exciting time, and requires careful planning. Here at the City of St. John's Business Information Centre, we know our way around town and we'd be happy to connect you to the programs, resources and contacts you need to help make it happen. Get in touch. We're here to help.

Our Business Startup Guide

The City of St. John's Business Startup Guide can help simplify the process of starting your new business. Visit our Publications page to download your complimentary copy.

What is Advantage St. John's?

With the mandate to market the many advantages of living, working, studying and investing in our city, Advantage St. John’s is tasked with amplifying economic growth and enhancing people and investment attraction opportunities for St. John’s. Targeting a predominantly national and international audience, Advantage St. John’s helps bring focus to the broad appeal and positive attributes of our beautiful and historic city. Click here to learn more.

Latest Economic Indicators

City building permits

as of November 7, 2022

Commercial permits

Down -18% from $115,662,112 in 2021 to $94,894,423 in 2022

Industrial permits

Valued at $4,164,500 for 2021 and $351,000 for 2022

Government/institutional permits

Down from $33,219,907 in 2021 to $1,980,468 in 2022*

Residential permits

Up 26% to $68,256,686 for 2022 over $53,976,531 for 2021

Repair permits

Down -63% from $4,119,761 in 2021 to $1,516,416 in 2022

Total value of all permits for 2022

Down -21% to $166,998,993 for 2022 over $211,142,810 for 2021

*This data does not include the full range of permit activity undertaken by the provincial government and Memorial University.

Business approvals

Andersons Butcher and Takeaway, 285 Water Street

Ornaments By Santa, 48 Kenmount Road

Charmed Aroma, 48 Kenmount Road

Wags to Whiskers, 48 Kenmount Road

Carter's Oshkosh, 48 Kenmount Road

Calendar Club, 48 Kenmount Road

Just Cozy, 48 Kenmount Road

Evolution Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 45 Blackmarsh Road

Newfound Pet Spa, 520 Main Road

Restaurant and lounge, 300 Torbay Road

Home-based businesses

Home office for a contracting business, 823b Main Road

Home office, 488 Logy Bay Road

Total business approvals for 2022 = 120 (regular = 95 and home-based = 25)

Labour force characteristics as of September 2022

Labour force – 122,600 (up 4.8%)

Unemployment rate – 5.9% (down -0.5 ppts)

Employment – 115,400 (up 5.4%)

Participation rate – 66.1% (up 1.9 ppts)

St. John's CMA, seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average. Percentage change reflects the same month previous year. Source: Statistics Canada.

Economic indicators

The New Housing Price Index for St. John’s Metro was 105.6 in September 2022 (up 3.2%*)

The Consumer Price Index for St. John’s Metro was 152.9 in September 2022 (up 5.8%*) 

Retail trade for Newfoundland and Labrador was $931 million in August 2022 (up 11.2%*)

*St. John's CMA, same month in the previous year. Source: Statistics Canada

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