Starting a business

Starting a business.

The steps to consider before operating a business in Canada.


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Support for business innovation Create a federal corporation Register for a business number Immigrant start-up visas Self-employed immigrants.


1. Planning a business.

Assessing your readiness, choosing a business structure, market research and writing a business plan.

2. Choosing a business name.

Selecting a good name, checking if a name is taken, registering and protecting your business name.

3. Registering your business with the government.

Registering or incorporating your business, plus how to apply for a business number or tax account.

4. Applying for business permits and licences.

Permits and licences that you may need for your business from all three levels of government.

5. Getting business support and financing.

National and regional business support, including financing for immigrant and aboriginal entrepreneurs.