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    • Permits and Licences Search  In order to do business in Canada, and to comply with government regulations, you may need a variety of licences and permits from different levels of government. Use the permits and licences search above to find out which ones may apply to your business. Please note that some provinces and municipalities are not represented in the search, and not all industry sectors are included. Additionally, your business may need to comply with other regulations or obligations that do not involve permits and licences.
    • Register or renew your business name, get a Master Business License and, if eligible, apply for additional accounts with different government bodies.
    • Federal Business Registration Online (e.g. HST, payroll deductions, corporate income tax and import-export program)

    Business Planning Templates

    Goal Setting
    Assessing The Opportunity Worksheet
    Business Plan Template
    Cash Flow Projections
    Break-Even Template
    Buying A Business Worksheet
    Marketing Campaign Template
    Employee Requirements Checklist

    Closing or Selling a Business

    Closing or Selling Your Business – A Succession Plan Info-Guide

    Commercialization

    Commercialization
    Commercialization Skills Profile

    Financing Your Business

    Business Start-Up Financing
    Export Financing
    Financing for Innovation
    Franchising
    Grants, Contributions and Financial Assistance
    Industrial Research Assistance Program
    Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII)

    Green Information

    Resources for Greening Your Business (Programs)
    Eco-Efficiency and Your Business

    Growing Your Business

    Growing Your Business
    Business Activities to Grow Your Business

    Human Resources/Hiring

    Employment Standards
    Human Resources Regulations
    Wage Subsidies
    Hiring Employees

    Industry Specific How-To Guides

    Arts & Artists Guide
    Business Guide for Newcomers to Canada
    Co-operatives Info-Guide
    Not-for-Profit Guide
    Retail Business Info-Guide
    Start a Bed and Breakfast in Ontario 
    Start a Construction Business in Ontario 
    Start a Consulting Business in Ontario 
    Start a Convenience Store in Ontario
    How to Start a Daycare in Ontario
    Start a Pet Care Business in Ontario
    Start a Restaurant or Catering Business in Ontario
    How to Start a Seniors’ Care Business in Ontario
    How to Start a Spa or Salon in Ontario
    Start a Technology or Innovation Business in Ontario
    Start an Alternative and Complementary Healthcare Business in Ontario
    Start an Artisan and Craft Business in Ontario
    Women in Business Guide
    Youth Entrepreneurship Guide

    Legal

    Canadian Intellectual Property Office
    Legal Issues for Small Business
    Not-for-Profit Info-Guide   
    Patent
    Protecting Your Interests

    Managing Your Business

    Management and Operations
    Productivity

    Marketing and Advertising

    Marketing and Sales
    Knowledge Source for Marketing
    Marketing Basics
    Naming Your Business
    Promoting and Advertising Your Business

    Researching Your Business

    Guide to Market Research and Analysis
    Market Research and Statistics
    Market Research Approaches

    Starting Your Business

    Is Entrepreneurship for You?
    Developing Your Ideas
    Business Planning
    Writing Your Business Plan
    Forms of Business Organization  
    Youth Entrepreneurship Info-Guide

    Federal and Provincial Government Websites

    Register or renew your business name, get a Master Business License and, if eligible, apply for additional accounts with different government bodies.

    Federal Business Registration Online (e.g. HST, payroll deductions, corporate income tax and import-export program)

    ONT-TAXS online File tax returns and get immediate confirmation that your return was received by the ministry. Make tax payments or through your financial institution’s website.

    Change of Business Information service to close your Retail Sales Tax, Employer Health Tax, Harmonized Sales Tax and Corporate Income Tax accounts.

    Change your business address Update your business address, mailing address or phone number attached to your Corporations Tax, Employer Health Tax, or Retail Sales Tax accounts. If you are a registered ONT-TAXS online user, update information on your returns.

    Webinars

    Starting Your Business
    GST/HST For New Businesses
    Preparing T4 and T4A Information Returns
    Keeping Records
    Reporting Business Income and Expenses
    Payroll For New Small Businesses

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