Business Registration

Registration of a business name is mandatory under the Business Names Act if you choose a name other than your own legal name. The Act applies to all types of businesses including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and existing corporations operating under a name other than the corporate name. Using the on-line registration you are able to do an instant name search and receive your Master Business License, as well as apply for other applications for your business such as Workplace Safety & Insurance Board and Employer Health Tax. You can also do a business name renewal application.

The fee for registration is $60 (credit card payment)and is valid for 5 years. A business name search costs $8 per search. You can either register at a computer terminal at ServiceOntario or on any Internet access at You will receive your Master Business License at the time of registration.

For more information on registering your business, please visit the Service Ontario located at the Regional Centre for Business Development or contact them at (613) 283-7002 ext.101, Toll-free 1-888-784-7605, or by email at

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