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Learn about rules and regulations for 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:


  • Business licence
  • Zoning bylaws
  • Building permits
  • Water tax
  • Business tax
  • School and property taxes

Business Number (BN) registration

Québec enterprise number (NEQ)

Register your business for:

  • Source deductions
  • Business taxes

Register with the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST)

Learn about labour standards


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

  • 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 labour standards, visit the site of the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

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