In addition to informing potential customers about your business, you must let the government know about your plans. You may need to register with several different levels of government for many different reasons. This document provides an overview of the key registration requirements that may apply to your business.
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Before registering your business, you must think about what form of business you want to start and what you want to call your business.
Simplify and speed up your dealings with the various Quebec government departments and organizations by registering with the Registraire des entreprises [Quebec enterprise registrar].
Business Number (BN) Your Business Number is your single account number for dealing with the government regarding GST/HST, payroll, import/export and other activities.
Provincial and territorial business registration
Most provincial and territorial governments require that you register your business with them.
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Find out how to register your business name as a partnership in Saskatchewan, including the fees, the forms required and the turn-around time.
If you decide to incorporate your business, you can incorporate federally or provincially.
Federal incorporation allows you to do business under the same name in all provinces and territories, although you may still need to register your business in individual provinces and territories. If you do plan to do business in more than one province or territory now or in the future, you should consider incorporating federally. Before doing so, you need to complete a Nuans name search.
Only Applies to : AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaSaskatchewan
If your business is located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba this agreement can save you time as it allows for a seamless business registration between provinces.
Permits and licences
You may also require specific permits and licences from the federal, provincial or municipal governments, depending on your location, industry sector, and the business activities you plan to conduct. Use our permits and licences search to find out which permits and licences might apply to your business.
Permits and licences Find the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal permits and licences that you may need to start or manage your business.