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Starting a Business

Starting and developing a new business takes motivation, desire and talent, as well as research and planning. Let the Hamilton Business Centre (HBC) provide you with guidance and resources in the start-up and growth of your business.

To help you start and grow a sustainable business, take the time to explore and evaluate your business goals – no matter what type of business you wish to start. We offer business training/workshops and FREE consultations to help you build a comprehensive business plan, marketing strategies and financial projections that will help you reach these goals.

Business Registration

Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership

Cost $60.00 per Registration | $8.00 per Name Search

  • Online at Service Ontario then click on ”Services to Businesses”
  • In person – Hamilton Business Centre at City Hall (payment by credit card only)
  • Ellen Fairclough Building
    119 King Street West, 4th Floor (Service Ontario)

Any questions with regard to registering a Sole Proprietorship of Partnership you can contact Ontario Business Connects at 1-800-565-1921.

Corporation Registration

Incorporating is a formal, legal process and we recommend that you connect with a lawyer to assist you in the proper registration and submission of corporation documents.

Provincial Incorporation

Ontario Land Registry Office
119 King Street West, 4th Floor
(905) 521-7561

Fee of $360.00 (Minister of Finance)
For more information please visit the Business corporations page at the Government of Canada.

Federal Incorporation

Industry Canada Corporations Directorate
(613) 941-9042

$200 when submitted on-line or $250 for all other means.

NUANS Report is $25.

For more information, please visit Corporations Canada.


To learn more about Municipal Licensing Requirements for specific business types in Hamilton, visit the Hamilton BizPal for more information.

Sources of Funding

Financing Info Guide – Financing Info-Guide


Grants/Government Program & Incentives

Other Resources

Looking for more information or articles to help you start and grow your business?  Please visit Canada Business Network for information and resource to help you start and grow your business.