Please note: Canada Business Ontario is now FedDev Ontario Small Business Services.
Our information and services remain the same.

Before You Start

Becoming an entrepreneur is exciting and it is important to know what your options are before you start. To lay a strong foundation for your business idea, think about your business goals and which options will help you achieve them.

Browse through the following resources if you are thinking about different business possibilities.

  • Developing Your Ideas
    Develop your idea and do your research to help you determine what your chances of making a profit are.
  • Buy a Business or Start Your Own
    If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to explore the pros and cons of buying an existing business versus starting your own.
  • Buying a Business
    Do your research to ensure that you buy the right type of business and that you pay a fair price for it.
  • Franchising
    Investing in an already successful franchise may be a great choice for your new business venture.
  • Newcomer Entrepreneurs
    If you are new to Canada and want to start your own business, learn about government resources for immigrant entrepreneurs in Ontario.
  • Foreign Investment in Ontario
    Find out about programs and services designed to help you invest in Ontario businesses.