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How to create a business in Canada

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What is needed to open a business in Canada!

Everything you need to consider to start your own business.

By: Victoria Andrea Anillo Campos

Content Writing and Marketing


Canada is one of the most prosperous countries in the world and its economy is considered one of the most stable. For this reason, many international entrepreneurs are attracted to the Canadian market.

Currently, Canada ranks sixth on Forbes’ list of “best countries for doing business.” Its economic, geographic, and political advantages make it an excellent place for businesses to grow.

If you are considering opening a business in Canada, in Americanos Magazine we present you the requirements and necessary procedures that you must follow to do so.

1. Business Plan:

It is important to have a well-crafted business plan (written document) that details the structure and model of your business, market analysis, financing, and other important aspects. It describes the objectives, strategies, and financial forecasts of your company. It helps you establish realistic goals, evaluate success, and establish reasonable financial forecasts.

The solidity of the plan is related to obtaining financial assistance for its implementation. It also helps in planning business growth and progress, contributing to success.

2. Obtaining financing:

If you need financing to start, you will need to search for financing options and present your business plan to investors or financial institutions. Likewise, the federal government, through Canada Business, can assist you in finding alternative sources of public financing.

There are programs that extend to companies throughout Canada, while others only apply to companies established in the provinces. You can use Canada Business’ financing options exploration tool or make a specific inquiry according to the type of financing.

3. Identify your type of company:

You must choose what type of company (legal form) you want to open in Canada. You can choose from several options. The three most common company structures are as follows:

  • Individual enterprise: Basically, it is running a business by oneself without making any kind of incorporation or agreement with anyone else.
  • Limited liability company: This applies when two or more people carry on a business together. When carrying out agreements with other people it is very important that you define well what you want to do.
  • Corporation: A corporation has the ability to conduct business, acquire assets and debts, and enter into contracts in its own name, and its owners or shareholders have limited liability for the corporation’s debts and obligations.

Each option has different legal requirements and obligations, so you should investigate thoroughly before making a decision.

4. Business registration:

Once you have decided on the type of business you want to create, you will need to register with the province or territory where your business will be located. Most provinces have an online business registration that you can easily complete.

You will also need to obtain a tax identification number for your company, which is a unique account number for all communications with the Canadian government regarding taxes, payroll, import/export, and other activities.

5. Obtaining permits and licenses:

The next step is to ensure that you have the necessary permits and licenses to operate legally in Canada.

The type of permits and licenses required will depend on the type of business you wish to open and the industry you are in. For example, if you want to open a restaurant, you will need to obtain a food and beverage license.

6. Acquisition of business insurance:

It is important that you obtain business insurance to protect your assets and liabilities.

Insurance is also a good way to show your clients and suppliers that you are a serious and committed entrepreneur.

7. Create a commercial bank account:

To keep your finances separate from your personal finances, you will need to open a commercial bank account. This will allow you to conduct business transactions, make payments, and receive income.

8. Hire your team

If you need to hire staff, make sure to comply with Canada’s labor regulations. You must meet minimum wage and working hours requirements, as well as comply with labor safety standards.

9. Tax compliance and financial reporting:

Finally, you must comply with tax and financial reporting obligations. In Canada, this includes filing a business income tax return and maintaining accurate records of your income and expenses.

Fun fact:

The service sector dominates the Canadian economy, accounting for 66.9% of GDP and employing more than 79% of the working population (the largest employer is the retail trade sector, which employs about 12% of the country’s workforce, and the commercial services sector).

If you have questions or need help starting your business in Canada, don’t hesitate to seek professional advice through specialized law firms. You can also find detailed information on the official government website and a list of allied organizations that provide support to businesses.

In conclusion, opening a business in Canada can be a relatively straightforward process if you follow the necessary steps. While there are some legal and financial requirements that you must meet, the result can be a successful and prosperous company.


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