Learn About Rules and Regulations Regarding New Businesses

Once you’ve assessed your project’s profitability and determined your financing needs, you need to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations that apply to new businesses.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of subjects to explore, as well as a few key sites to visit:


You can sign up for provincial and federal programs with the Business Registration On-line service provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (ARC):

  • business name registration
  • Corporation Income Tax
  • Goods and Services/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST)
  • Retail Sales Tax (RST)
  • payroll deductions
  • Employer Health Tax (EHT)
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

To learn about labor standards, visit the site of the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

Also visit BizPal for one-window access to information about business permits and licenses, often for all government levels.

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