Registering Your Master Business Licence

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Ontario Business Central has been assisting individuals to register their business for over 20 years. From speaking with the consumers, we have compiled commonly asked questions about how to register and what the process entails. We offer this information to help you register.

Sample Master Business LicenceIt is a quick and easy process that allows you to operate a business, open a bank account, use name for marketing (storefront, business cards…). You are allowed to use the name as it is registered. This type of business registration does NOT have name protection. Since the MBL does not have name protection we recommend pre-searching the name in the Nuans databank (a service we offer), to ensure you are not infringing on a Corporation or Trademark that has name protection.

Under the Ontario Business Names Act, you must register your business name if operating under any other name but your first and last name, (ex: Roger’s Designs). Even in the event of using your personal name for the business, people will register their personal name for the business to gain access to wholesale pricing or discounts from suppliers.(ex: Roger Smith)

A Master Business Licence is a registration that is valid for 5 years. Before the end of the 5 year term, you are required to renew your licence.

Often clients refer to the Master Business Licence as different names. Noted below are some of the commonly used terminologies:

What is required to register your Master Business Licence?

Tradenames also require the following

Why register a Master Business Licence?

  • Quick turnaround time
  • Simple registration
  • File with personal taxes
  • Inexpensive to set up

Who do we see registering Master Business Licences?

  • Individuals who are not concerned about name protection of business name
  • Individuals who are not concerned about personal liability risk
  • Business revenues typically of lower income (under 80K)
  • Looking to operate different businesses from their corporate name

Things to think about after registering?

How long does it take to be registered?

Registering a new Master Business Licence is available Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) on a same day basis if ordered before 3pm. Should the order be submitted after this timeframe, it will be processed next business morning.

Renewal of a current Master Business Licence typically takes 3-5 business days. We process the day it is submitted, however the registration goes through a clearing house for renewal approval. Once received, we email the document to you.

Should you wish to, Ontario business Central offers the ability to register your Business as a Master Business Licence.

Get Your Master Business Licence

If we can be of assistance, please feel free to reach out to our staff for any clarification or assistance you may require. 
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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.