Register/Renew Your Sole Proprietorship
in Ontario

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Are you ready to turn your entrepreneurial dream into reality? Registering your Sole Proprietorship in Ontario is the first official step towards establishing your business identity and paving the way for success.

USE THIS FORM to register a NEW Sole Proprietorship or to RENEW an existing Sole Proprietorship (one owner) in Ontario.

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A renewal is required every 5 years. Renewals can be submitted up to 6 months prior to, and up to 60 days after the expiry date. After this has passed, a new registration would be required.


Business Identification Number: Is a 9 digit unique number provided by the Province of Ontario for each registration submitted and completed. The BIN number is located on your current Master Business Licence and is required when renewing a registration.

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Included with each domain name:

  • Domain name for 1-5 years
  • Contact Privacy (non disclosure under Who Is)
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • Domain Lock to protect from unauthorized domain transfers

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Initiating the registration of your Sole Proprietorship in Ontario marks the first official step towards your business journey, setting the foundation for future success.

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Sole Proprietorship vs. Incorporation:
A Quick Comparison

Feature Sole Proprietorship Incorporation
Number of Owners 1 Owner Multiple Owners (1 or more)
Liability Unlimited Liability Limited Liability
Taxes Pass-through Taxation Separate Business Tax Filing
Formation Process Simple & Inexpensive More Complex & Costlier
Management & control Owner has full control Shareholders elect Board & appoint officers
Raising Capital May be challenging Easier to attract investors
Fringe Benefits Owner cannot offer benefits Corporation can offer benefits
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The following information might be required depending on the chosen registration method and business activities:

  • Business Name (if different from your legal name): This is the official name under which you will operate your business.
  • Business Address: This can be your home address if your business operates from there, or a separate business location address.
  • Individual Legal Name and Address: This is your personal information as the Sole owner of the business.
  • Business Activity: A brief description of the goods or services you will be offering.

Sole Proprietorship LEARNING CENTRE

What is a Sole Proprietorship?+

A Sole Proprietorship is the simplest and most common type of business structure in Canada. It represents a business owned and operated by a single individual.

Do I Have to Register a Sole Proprietorship?+

If you are going to operate a business and are not using your own person first and last name for the business ie James Best, you are required to register a business and if you are the only owner, the Sole Proprietorship is the available form for submission outside of incorporation.

How Does Taxation Work with a Sole Proprietorship?+

If you register a Sole Proprietorship, the revenues minus expenses will be used for your personal tax return. You will be required to file a T1 General Income Tax and Benefits Return.

When Are the Taxes Due for My Sole Proprietorship?+

The tax return filing is required when you file your personal tax return each year and is typically April 30th of any year.

Can I Add Another Person to a Sole Proprietorship?+

No, a Sole Proprietor is exclusively available to the person who originally register the business. You cannot add a secondary person nor change the name of the Sole Proprietorship listed unless there are legal name changes for the individual such as marriage, personal name change from one personal name to a new personal name. In the event you wish to change from a single owner as a Sole Proprietorship, you can register a General Partnership when the business grows to include two or more individuals.

Can a Foreigner Register a Sole Proprietorship in Canada?+

Yes, a foreigner can register a Sole Proprietorship in Canada, but the process and requirements may vary depending on the province or territory. Generally, non-residents can register and operate a business in Canada, but they may need to meet certain conditions, such as having a physical address in the province where they intend to register the business. It's important for foreign entrepreneurs to research the specific requirements in the province or territory where they wish to establish their business, as rules can differ significantly across Canada

What Documents Are Required for Sole Proprietorship in Canada?+

Required documents for registering a Sole Proprietorship in Canada typically include:

  • Business Name Registration form.
  • Municipal or provincial business license.
  • Tax registration for GST/HST, PST, and payroll.
  • Personal identification (e.g., driver's license, passport).
  • Zoning permit for physical locations.

How to Register a Sole Proprietorship in Ontario?+

  • Start Your Registration:
    • Choose between a new registration or renewal.
    • Select processing time options, which include standard or same-day rush.
    • Confirm Business Structure as a Sole Proprietorship.
    • Choose a name and use our NUANS Preliminary Search to check name availability.
    • Register your domain name.
  • Provide Your Business Details:
    • Register your business online with basic information such as the Sole proprietor’s information, business name, and location.
    • Provide a brief business outline.
    • Specify whether a BN is required for your tax-related activities.
    • Accept the terms and conditions.
  • Complete Your Payment:
    • Check all details for accuracy
    • Enter your billing and contact details.
    • Select Payment Method
    • Complete Security Confirmation

Choosing a Business Name for Your Sole Proprietorship+

  • Check for availability: Before getting attached to a name, ensure it's not already trademarked or in use by another business. We will search through the NUANS database and the Ontario Business Registry to verify availability.
  • Consider domain name and social media handles: Check if the corresponding domain name and social media handles are available to maintain consistency across your online presence. You can complete the domain search at the same time as you search the business name to ensure availability of both before registering
  • Keep it short and sweet: Aim for a name that's easy to remember, pronounce, and spell. Long and complex names can be challenging to recall and leave a lasting impression.
  • Reflect your brand essence: Choose a name that conveys the nature of your business, products, or services. Think about the message you want to communicate and ensure the name resonates with your target audience.
  • Avoid generic terms: Opt for a unique and creative name that stands out from competitors. Generic terms can be difficult to trademark and may not effectively represent your brand identity.

What is Required After You Register a Sole Proprietorship?+

  • Open a dedicated business bank account: This helps separate your personal finances from your business finances, making it easier to track income, expenses, and taxes. It also allows you to accept business payments, build a business credit history, and potentially qualify for business loans or financing opportunities.
  • Obtain necessary permits and licenses: Depending on your industry, location, and the nature of your business activities, you might require additional permits or licenses to operate legally. Check with your local municipality, relevant industry associations, or the Ontario Business Registry for specific requirements.
  • Register for applicable taxes: Depending on your business activities, location, and revenue, you might need to register for and collect taxes like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). Consult with a tax advisor or the CRA for specific guidance on your tax obligations.

Checklist for New Entrepreneurs in Canada+

Starting a business in Canada, particularly a Sole Proprietorship, involves several strategic steps. Here’s a straightforward checklist to guide new entrepreneurs through the initial phase of setting up their business:

  • Research and Plan: Gain a solid understanding of the market and identify your niche to ensure your Sole Proprietorship in Canada has a focused direction and goals.
  • Choose a Business Name: Pick a distinctive name that reflects your brand and verify its availability to ensure it stands out in the Canadian marketplace.
  • Register Sole Proprietorship in Ontario: Complete your Sole Proprietorship registration in Ontario through the relevant provincial agencies to operate your business legally.
  • Obtain Necessary Licenses and Permits: Depending on the nature and location of your business, secure any required licenses or permits to comply with local laws.
  • Set Up Your Business Bank Account: Establish a bank account specifically for your business to manage finances and keep personal and business transactions separate efficiently.
  • Understand Tax Obligations: Know the tax requirements for a Sole Proprietorship in Canada, including registering for a Business Number (BN) if required for tax filings.

Advantages of Registering Sole Proprietorship+

Registering a Sole Proprietorship in Ontario offers numerous advantages that appeal to entrepreneurs looking for a straightforward and efficient way to start their business. These benefits include:

  • Full Control: As a Sole proprietor, you have complete autonomy of over all business decisions. This allows you to steer your business in any direction you choose without the need for consensus from partners or shareholders.
  • Simple Tax Management: The tax filing process is significantly simplified, as business income is reported on your personal income tax return. This integration allows for a more straightforward approach to managing finances and may lead to potential tax advantages.
  • Ease of Registration: Registering a Sole Proprietorship in Ontario is notably less complicated than other business structures. With minimal paperwork and fewer regulatory hurdles, you can quickly establish your business and start operating relatively quickly.

Registration Costs for Your Sole Proprietorship+

Registering a Sole Proprietorship in Ontario involves certain fees, including the mandatory government registration fee (a fixed cost required by the provincial authorities to recognize your business legally). Additionally, Ontario Business Central charges service fees for facilitating the registration process, offering a streamlined and guided experience. Our commitment to transparent pricing ensures that you understand the total cost upfront, allowing you to budget effectively for your Sole Proprietorship business registration. This transparency helps in planning your financials, ensuring no future surprises.

Legal Obligations and Liabilities+

When you register a Sole Proprietorship in Ontario, it's crucial to understand your legal obligations and liabilities. One of the most significant aspects of operating as a Sole proprietor is the lack of distinction between the owner and the business. This means that any debts incurred by the business and any legal challenges it faces are directly linked to you, the business owner. Consequently, personal assets, including your home, savings, and car, are potentially at risk in the event of business insolvency or lawsuits. Understanding these legal implications is crucial for any entrepreneur considering this business structure, emphasizing the importance of thorough planning and risk management strategies, such as securing appropriate insurance coverage.

Tax Obligations+

Your Sole Proprietorship will be taxed at your personal income tax rate, which includes all business profits. Unlike corporations that are taxed separately, a Sole Proprietorship's financial activities are directly tied to the owner's personal income tax, affecting your personal tax returns. This arrangement means all profits your business generates are subject to your personal income tax rate and, thus, will be reflected in your personal tax returns. Conversely, this setup allows for deducting business expenses from your taxable income, potentially lowering your tax liability on your personal tax returns. Maintaining accurate records of all business transactions, including income and expenses, is essential for leveraging these tax advantages. Proper bookkeeping not only facilitates accurate tax reporting but also ensures you are maximizing potential deductions on your personal tax returns, thereby optimizing your financial outcomes.

Data Protection and Privacy+

In the digital landscape, the importance of securing your business and customer data cannot be overstated, particularly for Sole proprietors in Canada. As a legal entity, ensuring adequate data protection and privacy strategies is crucial for compliance with Canadian privacy regulations and enhancing money and finance safety. Sole Proprietorships must comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and applicable provincial privacy laws. This includes implementing measures such as data encryption, conducting regular security assessments, and establishing transparent privacy policies. Additionally, educating yourself and any staff on best practices for handling and protecting data is vital for preserving your business's integrity and reputation.


Given the personal liability involved, obtaining business insurance for your Sole Proprietorship in Ontario is advisable to protect your personal assets against business-related lawsuits or debts. Business insurance can provide:

  • A safety net.
  • Offering protection against potential lawsuits.
  • Debts
  • Other business-related financial liabilities.

It acts as a crucial buffer, safeguarding your personal assets and ensuring that the challenges faced by your business do not jeopardize your personal financial security. Investing in the right insurance policies is not just about compliance; it's about ensuring peace of mind as you grow your Sole Proprietorship in Ontario.

Why Choose Ontario Business Central for Your Sole Proprietorship Registration?+

  • Streamlined Registration Process: Ontario Business Central simplifies registering your Sole Proprietorship in Ontario. Our online platform guides you through each step, making completing your registration easy and accurate.
  • Expert Support: Our team of experts is here to assist you with any questions about Sole Proprietorship registration in Ontario. We support you whether you need help choosing a business name or understanding your legal obligations.
  • Additional Services: Beyond helping you register your Sole Proprietorship, we offer additional services to support your business as it grows. From domain registration to setting up tax accounts, Ontario Business Central is your partner in business success.
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