Changing From a Small Business to an Incorporated Company

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If you currently have a Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership and are looking to incorporate the same business, here is information to assist you in completing.

Why do people change from a Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership to Incorporation?

  • Sales increase to a point where there may be tax savings having an incorporated company
  • Advertising the business and concerned about the business having name protection
  • Liability protection for personal assets
  • Contract where businesses wish for your business to be incorporated
  • Partnership with new company or individual

What if I want to use the same name for the incorporated business from my current registration?

Anytime you wish to change from your current registration to an incorporated company, you may do so. Your current registration will not interfere with you incorporating the same name business.   As long as there are not any existing businesses listed with a similar or same, the process will be seamless.

What will need to be changed when I incorporate?

  • Bank account – incorporating puts your business in a new business category with most banks. A new bank account may be required
  • Cheques – new cheques will be needed with the business name including legal ending
  • Tax accounts – HST, payroll, WSIB, etc will need to be set up or changed
  • Business cards – to reflect new corporate name
  • Letter head – to reflect new corporate name
  • Logo – if business name is listed
  • Storefront/signage

What do I do with my current Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership

It may take a week or two to get everything set up for the new corporation including bank account, cheques, business cards etc. Once completed, you will want to cancel the current registration to put an end date to operation of the registration. If you have existing HST, WSIB, payroll accounts with the registration, these should also be cancelled.

Cancel Your Business Registration

To use our services to complete an incorporated company, here are the links to either an Ontario or Federal Incorporated company.

Complete an Ontario Incorporation

Complete a Federal (Canada) Incorporation

There are some differences between a Federal and Ontario Incorporation. For more information about incorporating and the differences between the two types of corporations, you can check out our FAQ or contact our office with any questions.

Ontario Business Central has been assisting individuals since 1992 to change from a Small Business to an Incorporated Company. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our staff for any clarification or assistance you may require. We would love to assist.
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Ontario Business Central Inc. is not a law firm and cannot provide a legal opinion or advice. This information is to assist you in understanding the requirements of registration within the chosen jurisdiction. It is always recommended, when you have legal or accounting questions that you speak to a qualified professional.