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Start A Business

This section directs you to information on registering or incorporating a business, business laws and regulations, how to get government advice, business financing and much more.

Things to consider when buying or investing in an Ontario-based business.

Business start-up checklist

Funding sources for small businesses

ONe-Source for Business includes information about registering or incorporating a business, financing, Ontario business laws and taxes, importing/exporting and more.

ServiceOntario for Not-for-Profits provides information to start and manage a not-for-profit organization, including the laws and regulations that affect the sector and available funding opportunities.

The Ontario Business Program Guide is your resource for Ontario government programs for small and medium-sized businesses.

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Licensing and regulations

Learn about licensing and regulations to start a business. To read more, select your language from the drop-down menu above. Information provided by

Invest in Ontario, a program of the Government of Ontario, offers a one-window investment service for multinational companies by providing information, advice and introductions to the people networks that make investing in Ontario easy.

Ontario's Certified Site Program is designed to help you find the best location for your business, making your site search easy.

Use BizPal, an online tool jointly managed by the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, to search permit and licences.

Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) and community-based providers offer entrepreneurs all the tools they need to start and grow their businesses.

The Government of Ontario E-business toolkit provides resources to help you harness the power of the Internet and profit from e-business.

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