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


Deciding on the type of business you want, where you will be located and what name you will use are all parts of starting a business.

There are common steps you can follow when starting your own business, and other steps that might be required based on the products or services you offer.

Visit the following pages for information on the start-up process.

  • Getting Started
    Learn the basics of starting different types of businesses in Ontario
  • Business Structures
    Get information on the different ways that a business can be structured.
  • How to Start a…
    Access our How-To collection to learn about starting a business in certain specific industries.
  • Business Name and Registration
    Learn about choosing a name and the requirements for business registration.
  • Choosing a Location
    Find out what is involved when you are deciding on the location of your business.