Ontario Business Registration

We offer business name registration services for Ontario sole proprietorships, Ontario general partnerships and Ontario trade/operating names for corporations.

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Eric P. Cohen, Barrister & Solicitor offers several types of Ontario business registration services including Ontario sole proprietorship business name registrations, Ontario general partnership business name registrations and Ontario trade/operating name registrations (operating names for corporations). Business names are registered in the Province of Ontario under the Business Names Act (Ontario).

Sole proprietorships are the most common and simple form of business structure. Under this type of business structure, one person owns the assets of the business and is also personally responsible for its liabilities. General partnerships involve ownership by two or more partners. General partnerships are similar to sole proprietorships in that the owners of the business own the assets of the partnership and are personally responsible (jointly and severally) for the liabilities of the partnership. Trade/operating names are business name registrations for corporations that wish to operate using a name other than their legal corporate name.

It is important to note that business name registration in Ontario does not provide exclusivity for the business name, only the ability to identify the business using the registered business name. If exclusive legal protection is desired for a business name, the name should also be registered as a registered trademark. Business name registrations in Ontario are valid for 5 year registration terms and must be renewed at additional cost if continued use of the business name is desired.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the business name registration process or if you wish to proceed with business name registration for your company.

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Types of Business Registrations

Sole Proprietorships

  • Sole proprietorships are the most common and simple form of business structure. Under this type of business structure, one person owns the assets of the business and is also personally responsible for its liabilities. The owner can employ others to help in operating the business, but the owner usually manages the business himself or herself. There are few formal legal requirements to establish sole proprietorships, and they are much cheaper to create than corporations. An Ontario sole proprietorship must have its registered business address located within the Province of Ontario.

General Partnerships

  • Partnerships are similar to sole proprietorships in that the owners of the business personally own all the assets of the partnership and are personally responsible for the liabilities of the partnership. The basic difference between a partnership and sole proprietorship is that a partnership has more than one owner (referred to as a partner). The partners can employ others to help in operating the business, but they usually have a hand in the operation or management of the business. There are few formal legal requirements to establish partnerships, and they are much cheaper to create than corporations. An Ontario partnership must have its registered business address located within the Province of Ontario.

Trade Names

  • Trade names are business name registrations for corporations. Any corporation that identifies itself to the public under a name other than its full corporate name must register that name as a trade name (also known as a business name, operating name, fictitious name, trade style, and dba – "doing business as" name). Both the trade name and the underlying corporate name must be identified on all contracts and other legal documents. Trade names are commonly used where a corporation operates using several business names for different divisions of its business.

Fast Facts-Ontario Business Registration

Ontario Business Registration
Processing Time Expedited Processing
2-5 business days
Priority Processing
1 business day
Government Filing Fee $60.00
Registration Term 5 Years
Type of Name Search Ontario biased NUANS Search (Optional)

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