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Starting a Business FAQs

Answers to Common Starting a Business in Canada Questions

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Answers to questions about starting a business in Canada.

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These FAQs give answers to common questions that people have when starting a business - or when they're thinking about starting a business. Click on a question to read the answer to that question.

While some of the questions and answers are specific to starting a business in Canada, others apply to anyone starting a business.

For more articles and information about starting a business, see the Starting a Business library.

General Starting a Business Questions

Q. What type of business should I start?

Q. What's best: Buying a business or starting a small business from scratch?

Q. What's the best time for starting a business?

Q. When does my business officially start?

Q. Can I start a business in Canada if I'm a nonresident?

Q. Do I need to write a business plan?

Q. How do I find small business start up money?

Q. Do I need a business bank account?

Business Registration Questions

Q. Do I need to register a business name?

Q. How do I register a business?

Q. Should I incorporate my business?

Q. What's the difference between a business name and a Business Number?

Q. Do I need a Business Number and how do I get one if I do?

Q. Do I need to register for the GST or HST?

Q. What's the GST registration process?

Q. Do I need to register for the PST or RST?

Non-Canadians Starting a Business in Canada Questions

Q. Can I start a business in Canada if I'm in Canada on a work permit?

Q. As a Non-Canadian, How Can I Open a Business in Canada?

For more articles and information about starting a business, see the Starting a Business library.

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