Starting a business

The steps you need 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 protecing your business name.

3. Registering your business with the government

How to register and incorporate your business, plus applying for a business number or tax account.

4. Applying for permits and licences

Permits and licences that you may need from all three levels of government.

5. Getting business support and financing

National and regional business support, immigrant and aboriginal entrepreneurs, and financing programs.

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