Business registration and incorporation

Find out how to register your business, including registering for a Business Number, incorporating, and obtaining required permits and licences.


Services and information

Naming your business

Choose the name of your business carefully. It will represent you wherever you go!

Business Registry Search Pilot

One search to find federally incorporated businesses and businesses registered in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

Business Number registration

Your Business Number is your single account number for dealing with the federal government regarding GST/HST, payroll, import/export and other activities.

Corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship?

Find out which type of structure is right for your business: incorporation, a partnership, a sole proprietorship or a co-operative.

Benefits of incorporation

From limited liability to lower corporate taxes, learn about the benefits of incorporating your business.

Business incorporation

Find out how to incorporate your for-profit business federally.

Non-profit incorporation

Learn how to create a non-profit corporation in Canada.

Creating a cooperative

Get information on creating a new cooperative in Canada.

BizPaL permit and licence information

Simplified access to information about federal, provincial, territorial and municipal business permits, licences and other requirements needed to establish, operate and grow your business.

Registering your money services business

If you are starting a money services business, you will need to register with FINTRAC.

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