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Regulations, Licenses & Permits

Permits and Licenses. It’s an interactive permits and licensing tool.


Registering your business and Starting-up

Business Structures. Explains the types of business structures in Canada and helps to choose the most appropriate type for your business. 


Naming Your Business

Choosing a name. Things to consider when selecting a name for your corporation.

NUANS Name Search. Applies to All of Canada. Compare your proposed business name with the names of existing businesses to see if it is unique.

What’s in a name? Using trade-marks as a business tool. Find out how to protect your business name.

Search a Business Name. Use the Enhanced Business Name Search to see if a business name has been registered with the Ontario government.

How to Register your Business Name (Ontario). Applies to Ontario.Need to register your business name? A business name registration can be done online, in-person or by mail through ServiceOntario.

Starting a Website

Domain Names. Learn the basics about how website domain names work.

Canadian Internet Registration Authority.Find out how to register for a dot-ca domain name.

Business Numbers

Business Number Registration.