Direct Selling Licences and ID Cards for Independent Business Owners in Canada

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Direct Selling Licences and ID Cards for Independent Business Owners in Canada

In Canada, each Province and Territory regulates direct sales companies and their sales representatives. Stella & Dot is licenced as a direct sales vendor in each province and territory where a company licence is required (sometimes called a vendor or business licence). Stella & Dot Ambassadors selling in certain provinces and territories may also be required to have individual licences or carry identification cards.

If your province – or any province where you may be selling – requires a Direct Seller’s Licence and/or ID Card, you can find the full details in the charts below. If you have any questions on the requirements or would like to check the status of your licence, please send an email to Ambassadorrelations@stelladot.com.

 

FAQs

What is a Direct Seller’s Licence?

A Direct Sellers Licence is a business licence certain Canadian provinces require of any company or individual operating as a direct seller in their provinces.

Which Provinces/Territories require a licence?

Although the requirements vary greatly province to province, some form of licensing is required by AB, MB, NB, NL, NT, NU, PE, and SK. Licences are not required in BC, ON, QC, and YT.

**please note: after Jan 31st, 2017, NS no longer requires individual direct seller’s licences.

What are the specific requirements in my Province?

Refer to the table below for all the details on how to comply with the requirements by Province, including detailed descriptions of the process with links to the appropriate government websites as well as any applicable fees.

Who is the “applicant” or “direct seller” on the application?

You, as Ambassador, are the applicant.

What “vendor name” should be used on the application?

Stella & Dot is the vendor.

What “vendor address” should be used?

Except for New Brunswick, please use 8000 Marina Boulevard, Suite 400, Brisbane, CA 94005, USA.  In New Brunswick, the application form must have Stella & Dot’s address for service in New Brunswick, which is:  Stella & Dot Jewelry Corp., c/o Stewart McKelvey, Suite 1000, Brunswick House, 44 Chipman Hill, Saint John, NB  E2L 2A9.

Where can I find a copy of the company’s direct selling licence (required for NL only)?

A copy of Stella & Dot’s current company licence can be found here.

How often does the licence need to be renewed? What is the process for renewal? Will Stella & Dot notify me at renewal time?

All licenses will need renewing and full details can be found by province at the time of application. Renewal is the responsibility of the Ambassador.

ALBERTA For general information:

http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/1248.cfm

Requirement ID Card required only
Process Fill out and print the ID Card template and be prepared to present it, if asked.

Should you terminate your Ambassador account, you must destroy your ID Card.

Fees (if applicable) None
MANITOBA For general information: http://www.gov.mb.ca/cca/cpo/index.html
Requirement Direct Seller’s Licence
Process The application for Manitoba can be found at:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/cca/cpo/forms/direct_seller_application.pdf

Step 1: Ambassador prints and completes application form and writes cheque payable to “Minister of Finance, Government of Manitoba” for the licensing fee, currently set at $55.00.

Step 2: Ambassador sends application form with cheque to Ambassador Relations at:

ATTN: Ambassador Relations
Stella & Dot
8000 Marina Boulevard, Suite 400
Brisbane, CA 94005

*Please note: Payment may also be submitted online at www.cpopayment.com

Step 3: Home Office signs and forwards the form and payment to the provincial licensing office. Please Note: this process could take approximately 3-8 weeks.

Step 4: Upon receiving your license from your province, we will notify you and send a copy via email.

Fees (if applicable) $55.00
NEW BRUNSWICK For general information: http://fcnb.ca/FinancialConsumer.html 
Requirement Direct Seller’s Licence
Process The application for New Brunswick must be completed online. Please visit the Financial and Consumer Services Commission website below for instructions to complete your application online.

http://fcnb.ca/direct-sellers-portal-faq.html

1. You must also include any supporting documentation required and payment for licensing fee of $35.00.

2. Once your application is received, the Ambassador Relations team will review and approve, reject or indicate if more information is needed.

*Please note: The individual consultant’s application form must have the Stella & Dot address for service in New Brunswick, which is currently listed as:
c/o Stewart McKelvey, Suite 1000
Brunswick House, 44 Chipman Hill
St. John, NB E2L 2A9

Fees (if applicable) $35.00
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR For general information:   http://www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/consumer/consumer_affairs/licencing.html
Requirement Ambassadors, if asked, are required to present a copy of the Company’s direct seller’s licence.
Process A current copy of this licence can be found here
Fees (if applicable) None
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES For general information: https://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/en
Requirement Direct Seller’s Licence
Process The application for Northwest Territories can be found at:

https://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/sites/maca/files/resources/consumer_protection_act_application.pdf

For application instructions, please visit:

https://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/sites/maca/files/resources/direct_sellers_procedures_0.pdf

Direct sellers with sales greater than 100$ must be licensed.

Ambassador completes the application form (only the direct seller license sections have to be completed) and submits with the fee made payable to “The Government of the Northwest Territories” (set in the fee schedule within application instructions).

Fees (if applicable) Ranges between $45 – $180, depending on the time of year the application is submitted, the most reasonable being between Jan 1st and March 31st.
NOVA SCOTIA For general information: https://www.novascotia.ca/sns/paal/sns/paal027.asp
Requirement ID Card required only
Process Fill out and print the ID Card template and be prepared to present it, if asked.
The ID Card expires annually on January 31st.  Please be prepared to update your information and reprint your ID Card each year.
Fees (if applicable) None
NUNAVUT
Requirement Direct Seller’s Licence required
Process The application for Nunavut can be found at:

http://cgs.gov.nu.ca/PDF/Application%20for%20Vendor%20Direct%20Seller%20or%20Collection%20Agent.pdf

For application instructions please visit:

http://cgs.gov.nu.ca/PDF/Licensing%20Collection%20AgenciesVendorsDirect%20Sellers.pdf

Ambassador completes application form (only the direct seller license sections have to be completed) and submits with the fee made payable to “Government of Nunavut” (currently set at $30.00).

Fees (if applicable) $30.00
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Requirement Direct Seller’s Licence required
Process The application for Prince Edward Island can be found at:

http://www.gov.pe.ca/forms/pdf/25.pdf

Ambassador completes the application form and submits with the fee made payable to “The Provincial Treasurer” (currently set at $50.00).

Fees (if applicable) $50.00
SASKATCHEWAN For general information: http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/regulated-businesses-persons/businesses/directdoor-to-door-sellers/direct-sellers-licensing-information
Requirement Direct Seller’s Licence MAY be required.
Process Fill out and print the ID Card template.

An ID Card is required where the consultants are exempted from individual salesperson license requirements (total price of goods or services on average sale is less than 500$).

Fees (if your average sales transaction is $500 or more) $125.00

Please note: this is not legal advice. Under your Stella & Dot Family Brands Independent Business Owner Agreement, you are solely responsible for complying with all applicable laws.  Please keep in mind that laws are subject to change.  The information presented is provided “as is” without representation or warranty of any kind.  We do not represent or warrant that such information is or will be always up-to-date, complete, or accurate.  Any representation or warranty that might be otherwise implied is expressly disclaimed.

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