As an entrepreneur, you need to stay on top of all your obligations, such as taxes and regulations that apply to your business. This section offers guidance on how to register your business and obtain any necessary permits or licences. You will also find information on selling to various levels of government and how to protect your business.

  • Taxes, GST/HST
    Learn about the forms of taxation that may apply to your business, and how you can manage them.
  • Registering your business
    Learn about the requirements for registering your business with different levels of government.
  • Permits and licences
    Find the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal permits and licences that you may need to start or manage your business.
  • Regulations
    Learn about the regulations and standards that apply to your business.
  • Copyright and intellectual property
    Learn about intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies, and how they can protect your business.
  • Selling to governments
    Learn how your business can take advantage of contracting opportunities from the federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and foreign governments.
  • Considering bankruptcy
    Get information on alternatives to bankruptcy and details on the process of declaring bankruptcy, if you need to take that route.
  • Closing your business
    Things to do when closing a business include filing a final tax return, paying outstanding tax amounts, and financing succession planning.
  • Government grants and financing
  • Social enterprises and non-profits
    Are you ready to turn your social mission into a social enterprise? Find resources to help you start, manage and grow your organization.
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