Creating a solid business plan is vital to your success; you need to know where you expect to go long before you get there. Before you start writing your plan, you’ll want to make a number of key business decisions.

Your business success will depend on how well you plan and manage your finances. If you will be seeking financial help, either from a start-up loan or from a government grant, it is imperative that you have a well-developed business plan.

Be proactive — take care of all your registration and licensing requirements with your municipal, provincial and federal governments early on in the process. Once you complete these steps, you will have the necessities such as a Business Number, registered business name and a GST/HST account.

Canada Revenue Agency’s Business Registration Online is the one-stop shop for all of your federal business registration requirements. If you operate in the province of Quebec, you will need to register using Revenu Québec’s Businesses Portal.

Most provincial and territorial governments require you to register your business with them.

  • Access Nova Scotia

Only Applies to : Nova Scotia

Find out how to register your business, obtain required permits and licences, and get information on provincial government programs and services.

  • BC Business Registry

Only Applies to : British Columbia

This website will guide you through the steps of registering your sole proprietorship or general partnership business in BC.

  • Business registration in the Yukon

Only Applies to : Yukon

In order to register your business in the Yukon, you will need to contact Corporate Affairs.

  • Companies Office — Business name registration and provincial incorporation (Manitoba)

Only Applies to : Manitoba

Find out how to register your business, and what you need to know about provincial incorporation.

  • Corporate Registry

Only Applies to : Alberta

To conduct business in Alberta, register your cooperative, corporation, extra-provincial company, non-profit company, society, trade name and/or partnership.

  • Corporate Registries — Business Corporations — Extra-Territorial

Only Applies to : Northwest Territories

Are you interested in expanding your company into the Northwest Territories? Learn the requirements for registering your business in the Territories.

  • Corporate services — Business name registration

Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island

Register your business name in Prince Edward Island to prevent other organizations from using the same business name.

  • Creating a non-profit corporation or organization

Only Applies to : Quebec

Learn the major steps for establishing a non-profit corporation or organization in Quebec.

  • Enterprise register (Quebec)

Only Applies to : Quebec

If you operate a business in Quebec, you must register with the enterprise register and declare your organization’s legal form.

  • Register my company to do business in P.E.I.

Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island

Are you looking to do business in P.E.I., but are incorporated elsewhere? If so, you must register as an extra-provincial corporation.

  • Start, dissolve and change a corporation

Only Applies to : Ontario

Learn about the requirements for starting a corporation, limited partnership or not-for-profit and how you can make changes to your current business.

  • Registration / Declaration of a limited partnership (New Brunswick)

Only Applies to : New Brunswick

Find out about the rules, procedures and fees to form a limited partnership or register your extra-provincial limited partnership in NB.

  • Business name registration information (Ontario)

Only Applies to : Ontario

Register your business name online, in person or by mail.

  • Legal registries (Nunavut)

Only Applies to : Nunavut

In order to do business in Nunavut, you must register with the territory, even if you live in or have a business established in another part of Canada.

  • NEQ — Quebec Enterprise Number

Only Applies to : Quebec

Simplify and speed up your dealings with the various Quebec government departments and organizations by registering with the Registraire des entreprises [Quebec enterprise registrar].

  • Forming a co-operative in Saskatchewan

Only Applies to : Saskatchewan

Find out how to register a co-operative in Saskatchewan, including information on fees and required forms.

  • Registration of a charitable organization

Only Applies to : Quebec

Find all the information you need to register a charity in Quebec.(in french only)

  • Registering a sole proprietorship in Saskatchewan

Only Applies to : Saskatchewan

Find out how to register your business name as a sole proprietorship in Saskatchewan, including the fees, the forms required and the turn-around time.

  • Registration of an extra-provincial corporation (New Brunswick)

Only Applies to : New Brunswick

Find out about the rules, procedures and fees for registering an extra-provincial corporation in New Brunswick.

  • Registry of Companies (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador, you must register with the Registry of Companies if you decide to incorporate provincially.

  • Registry of Joint Stock Companies

Only Applies to : Nova Scotia

Register your business or research existing corporations and partnerships.

  • Revenu Québec — Business Portal

Only Applies to : Quebec

Is your company based in Quebec? If so, learn about your fiscal obligations including taxes and deductions.

  • Setting up a cooperative

Only Applies to : Quebec

Do you want to create or start a cooperative? If so, learn more about the laws, programs, policies and tools related to starting a cooperative.

  • Overview of charging and collecting sales taxAs a Canadian business owner, it’s important to know how and when to charge sales taxes for the goods and services you sell and supply to your customers.

 

  • Tax and Revenue Administration

Only Applies to : Alberta

As a business owner, find out about your responsibilities with regard to Alberta taxes.

  • Register to collect and pay PST – eTaxBC

Only Applies to : British Columbia

Register your business to collect PST, obtain your PST number, and then report and pay the tax online.

  • Taxation Division

Only Applies to : Manitoba

Learn about your tax collection and remittance obligations as a Manitoba business owner.

  • Employer Health Tax (Ontario)

Only Applies to : Ontario

Find out if you are required to pay the Employer Health Tax in Ontario.

  • Revenu Québec — Business Portal

Only Applies to : Quebec

Is your company based in Quebec? If so, learn about your fiscal obligations including taxes and deductions.

  • Provincial tax obligations

Only Applies to : Saskatchewan

Learn about your obligations concerning provincial tax registration, collection, and remittance when doing business in Saskatchewan.

  • Taxation in the Yukon

Only Applies to : Yukon

Find out about the taxes your business needs to pay and the tax breaks you can get in the Yukon.

  • Taxation in the NWT

Only Applies to : Northwest Territories

Learn about the taxes your business will be responsible for collecting and paying while doing business in the Northwest Territories.

  • Nova Scotia Provincial Tax Commission

Only Applies to : Nova Scotia

Find out about your responsibilities in regards to Nova Scotia taxes.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Taxation

Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador

Learn about your taxation obligations in Newfoundland and Labrador and discover what credits, incentives, and benefits you could qualify for.

  • Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island

Get information regarding Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in Prince Edward Island.