How to Incorporate or Register Your Business


How to incorporate or register your company anywhere in Canada
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How To Register Your Business

The Basic Steps

Registration of a Sole Proprietorship or Partnership

  1. Select Your Business Structure.
  2. Create a Business Name.
  3. Determine Availability of Your Business Name Through the NUANS Service.
  4. Register Your Business Name.
  5. Register for Permits, Licences and Taxes.
  6. Complete a Partnership Agreement (optional)
  7. Open a Bank Account.
  8. Start Your Business.

There Are Basically Two Types

Of Business Setup In Canada

1. Registration



You Must Either "Register" or "Incorporate" Your Business. It is the law.

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Incorporation is easy. or register your partnership or sole proprietorship

How To Incorporate Your Business

The Basic Steps

  1. Select Corporate Jurisdiction: Generally this will be your home province.
  2. Create a name for your company.
  3. See if your company name is available using NUANS. NUANS keeps a database of all registered company names. You order a search to see if your proposed name is taken. If not, you may register the name for your company.
  4. Prepare the Articles of Incorporation
  5. Submit & Register Articles of Incorporation
  6. Obtain permits & licenses e.g. Sales taxes and vendors permits: Note that if your sales will be under $30,000  you do not need to register for, collect or pay GST or HST on your sales.
  7. Optional: Purchase Corporate Seal & Minute Book: For a small business these items look pretty on your bookshelf, but really do nothing.
  8. Set Up Bank Account
  9. You are done. Start Your Business!
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