FAQ 2 (b): Naming and Registering Your Business

Make sure that you choose the right name for your business. Your business name should be unique and easy to remember, and should describe the products and services you provide. Click on Naming Your Business to find out more about what you need to consider when selecting the best-suited name to identify your business.

Business Registration

As indicated on the Business Start-Up Checklist, before you open your doors for business you will need to register your business with municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. Once you complete these steps, you’ll have the necessities such as a Business Number, registered business name and a GST/HST account.

On-line Tool for Business Registration

Business Registration On-line (BRO) is available to assist you in registering your business with Canada Revenue. This on-line service will help you ensure that you have completed all the required steps to successfully register your business.

Business Registration Assistance within the SCOR EDC Region

The following SCOR EDC Community Partners can help walk you through the Business Registration process. Please be aware that there may be a small fee associated with accessing Business Registration assistance through the SCOR EDC Community Partner Organizations.

For further assistance, please contact any of the following SCOR EDC Community Partner organizations:






Business Structure

When setting up your business you can consider different legal structures, including sole proprietorship, partnership, incorporation and cooperative. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. For information on how to best structure your new business, go to:

Business StructureOntario Business Incorporation

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