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Starting a Business

Starting and developing a brand new Hamilton based business takes motivation, desire and talent as well as research and planning. Let the Hamilton Business Centre (HBC) help you with your planning and connect opening moves.

To help increase your chance of success, take the time up front to explore and evaluate your business goals no matter what type of business you wish to start. Use our SBEC experts to help build a comprehensive and thought-out business plan that will help you reach these goals.

Business Registration

Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership

Cost $60.00 Registration |. $8.00 per Name Search

  • On-line at Service Ontario then click on ”Services to Businesses”
  • In person – Small Business Enterprise Centre at City Hall (payment by credit card only)
  • Ellen Fairclough Building
    119 King Street West, 1st Floor

Any questions with regard to registering a Sole Proprietorship of Partnership you can contact:

Ontario Business Connects at 1-800-565-1921.

Corporate Registration

Provincial Incorporation

Ontario Land Registry Office
119 King St. W. 4th Floor Hamilton (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.