Door-to-door Businesses

In Medicine Hat, people involved in door-to-door sales are categorized as canvassers or pedlars. Door to door activities are often used for:

  • Direct sales of products
  • Fundraising for non-profits
  • Marketing or promotion
  • Gathering information

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Get a Direct Seller's License

It is the company's responsibility to obtain the Government of Alberta Direct Seller's License. To apply, visit Service Alberta or phone 310-0000.

Apply for a Police Information Check

Visit Medicine Hat Police Service or phone 403-502-8916. The cost is typically $45-$65.

Apply for a Business License

When you have your Police Information Check and Direct Seller's License, you can apply for a Business License through the City. You can apply and pay online, but it is still necessary for Canvassers and Pedlars to come to City Hall to obtain photo ID cards.

Business License

Fees vary depending on whether you are a resident.

Fees and Charges

On the job

  • You must carry the ID card which was issued to you
  • Only engage in sales between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., and not on statutory holidays
  • Always be respectful

Charities and non-profits

If door-to-door activities do not involve sales of any kind, a City Business License is not required. Examples include:

  • Fundraising for registered non-profits
  • Marketing or promotion not involving sales
  • Information gathering by governments, law enforcement, fire services, etc.

Alberta Rules and Regulations