Business Name Registration in Ontario

Business name registration applies to sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations in Ontario.

Business name registration in the Province of Ontario is mandatory pursuant to the Business Names Act. In Ontario, business names are registered for five-year terms. Ontario business name registrations must be renewed every five years in order to keep the registration in good standing. If you require assistance to register your business name for the first time, or to renew a business name registration, New Business and Eric P. Cohen, Barrister & Solicitor can assist you with the business name registration process in Ontario.

Please keep in mind that business name registration applies to any business name, other than the legal name of a sole proprietor (a single individual in business), the legal names of partners in a partnership (multiple persons in business with a common view to profit), and the legal names of corporations (any name used to identify the corporation other than the legal corporate name must be registered separately as a business name). Before you complete the business name registration process, you should carefully consider what name you want to use and conduct searches on the name in order to determine whether it is available for registration and not confusing with other existing names.

We recommend selecting a name for your business that is:

  • Distinctive
  • Distinguishable from business’ that offer similar products or services to yours
  • Different from other business names, especially in your industry
  • Easy for others to recognize, spell, and read

Before you complete the business name registration process, we conduct a NUANS name search on the proposed name that you wish to use. NUANS searches are used to identify whether a proposed business name is available for registration. During this process, the name is compared with existing business names, corporate names and trade-marks in government databases.

Our business name registration services are complemented by affordable prices and professional representatives who have a firm grasp of the business formation and name registration process. If you have any questions about what you need to do to register your business’ name and how we can assist, please contact us at New Business

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