Business Startup and Planning


Startup Guide
Browse through this guide to find out more about the licences, permits and regulations that may apply to your business.


Business Plan Guide
Use this guide to learn what elements are considered essential in any business plan and the key points that should be included in each section of your plan.

Word Business Plan Template
Develop your business plan using our Word template.

Excel Financial Template
Develop your financial plan using our Excel template.

Sample business plans and templates
Find sample business plans, free templates, writing guides and interactive tools to help you develop a professional business plan.

Business planning FAQs
Find the answers to questions often asked about preparing a business plan.

6 smart tips for managing a start-up
Keep these six considerations in mind when starting a new business.


Below are the links to the forms needed to register your business as a legal structure only. For a complete description of the name search/registration process and a list of all other licences and regulations that may apply to your business, please refer to the Startup Guide listed above or contact us.

Sole Proprietor, Partnership or Tradename for an existing corporation (Master Business Licence)
Use a credit card to register through Service Ontario’s online portal. Need help? Drop by our office or check out our step by step video.

Provincial Incorporation
Download the forms needed to incorporate provincially. No online service available.

Federal Incorporation 
Download the forms needed to incorporate federally or complete the process online.