Starting a business

Starting a business

The steps to consider before operating a business in Canada.


1. Planning a business

Assessing your readiness, choosing a business structure, market research and writing a business plan

2. Choosing a business name

Selecting a good name, checking if a name is taken, registering and protecting your business name

3. Registering your business with the government

Registering or incorporating your business, plus how to apply for a business number or tax account

4. Applying for business permits and licences

Permits and licences that you may need for your business from all three levels of government

5. Getting business support and financing

National and regional business support, including financing for immigrant and Indigenous entrepreneurs

6. Free tax help for your business

Meet with a liaison officer to learn about common errors, bookkeeping best practices, and deductions


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