Register A Business

If you plan to operate a business in Ontario, open a business bank account, and/or advertise under a business name, you will need to register your business.

The Process to Register your business in Ontario is done ONLINE.

There are two ways you can register your business in Ontario:

Option 1 - OWNR

If you would like to register a sole proprietorship or a corporation you can also use a licensed platform called OWNR. It is a very user friendly platform that can help you register your business in minutes. Complete with 30 free business name searches, exclusive discounts and offers for your business, and dedicated customer support to guide you every step of the way. 

Use OWNR to receive 20% off your business registration, incorporation, or managed corporation plan today. Managed corporation plans also include unlimited access to OWNR's legal agreement library.

When registering through OWNR, your account will be given a Company Key that can be used to access the Ontario Business Registry to make any changes to the company if needed in the future.

When registering with OWNR you will be prompted to book an appointment with a financial institution to open a business bank account. If you click the option "Open an account in-branch" this will skip that step and allow you to proceed with the registration.

*Note, Partnership cannot be registered through OWNR.

Click here to register your business through Ownr today!

(Note, the following link will take you off of the TBCNPS website) 

Option 2 - Ontario Business Registry (Through Service Ontario)

Note: You will be making a My Ontario Account which you will be prompted while registering your desired service. Ensure you have a valid email address for confirmation purposes and make sure that you keep all your login credentials secure for future use.

  • The cost to register or renew a sole proprietorship or partnership is $60. 
  • The cost to incorporate your business through this platform is $300.
  • The cost to add an operating name to a numbered corporation is $60.
  • (If you require a named corporation, you will need to have completed an Ontario NUANS name search before incorporating. In order to register this you will have to use a licenced NUANS provider, which in Ontario are either ecore by Dye & Durham Corporation or ESC Corporate Services Ltd.)
  • Note: Only VISA, VISA/Debit, Mastercard, or Mastercard/Debit are accepted payment methods and an email is required for all forms of registration).

An Ontario Business Licence is valid for 5 years. If you had a licence which is older then 5 years (and more than 60 days past the expiry date) then you will have to register a new licence. If your licence is less than 5 years old and you need to renew it, you will have to request what is known as a Company Key on the Ontario Business Registry. This Company Key is a code that once requested is sent to you either by email or postcard which will allow you to claim your licence and tie it to a new My Ontario Account. Once the old licence is tied to the new account you will be able to pay the $60 to renew your previous licence. (As this process tends to cause some confusion, it may be easier to let your previous licence fully expire and just register again under a new business licence with the same name).

Click here to take you to the Ontario Business Registry website to register online.

(Note, the following link will take you off of the TBCNPS website) 

Once Here, scroll down and look for the option that fits for your current situation. 

Most commonly used services are: 

  • Register a Business Name for a Sole Proprietorship
  • Incorporate an Ontario Business Corporation
  • Register a Firm Name for a General Partnership
  • Incorporate an Ontario Not-for-Profit

You will then be prompted to sign-up for a My Ontario Account. After creating the account and saving your login information, follow the instructions and enter the relevant information that the application asks for. If done correctly you will eventually pay a fee and your link to download your Business Licence or Articles of Incorporation will be sent to the email address you have put on your account/application.

BUSINESS NUMBER

These processes register your business for a Business Identification Number (BIN) (or a Ontario Corporation Number (OCN)) and not a Business Number (BN). A business number (BN) is your single account number for dealing with the federal government regarding taxes, payroll, import or export and other activities. If you plan to hire employees, or if you will be importing and/or exporting products or services you will need to get a business number. If you sell goods and services in Ontario, you may need a business number to charge and remit the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).For more information, contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-5525.