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Where can I get help to start a business?

There are services and websites where you can find information and advice about starting a business in Ontario.

Business Immigration Ontario

  • Business seminars – General information about moving to Ontario and information about doing business in Ontario. Some of the sessions are in English; some are in other languages.

  • Networking sessions – You can meet other business immigrants in Ontario and learn about Canadian business practices.

  • Tours of towns and cities in Ontario – On these tours, you can meet local economic development staff, visit small business centres and research businesses that are for sale.

Small Business Enterprise Centres

  • Advice about your business plan

  • Information for entrepreneurs, such as booklets, pamphlets and brochures

  • Guidance on how to get licences, permits, registrations and other documents you need to start a business

  • Mentoring and networking opportunities

  • Free consultations with a business consultant

Useful Websites

  • Start a Business– A list of links to information about starting a business in Ontario. From the Ontario Immigration website.

  • Canada Business: Services for Entrepreneurs– Information about taxes, licensing, importing, exporting and much more.

  • Business Guide for Newcomers to Canada– If you want to start a business in Ontario, this guide will help you understand the government resources that are available to you. It has information about choosing your business structure, regulations, taxation and more.

  • Canada Business Ontario– An information gateway for Ontario business to access federal and provincial programs and services for business. They can help you find answers to your business start-up, business growth, and exporting questions in several ways.

  • Connect Legal– is a registered charity that provides legal education and assistance to low-resource immigrants who want to launch and grow their independent businesses.

  • Entrepreneur’s Toolkit– Contains free online tools as well as information to help Ontario technology entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.

  • Investing in Business Innovation Program– Under this federal government program, eligible start-up businesses can get up to C$1 million towards certain costs, such as labour, materials and supplies.


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