One Stop for Business

Business Registration

Business Licensing
We have reopened in-person counters for regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm):

  • Monday to Friday at City Hall, 71 Main St. W., 1st Floor
  • Monday and Wednesday at 330 Wentworth St. N., Hamilton

Business Licence applications or renewals can be submitted 7 days a week to [email protected]

Questions for staff? Contact us 5 days a week by email [email protected] or phone at 905 546-2782 option 3.

When you decide to start a business, the first thing you should decide is what legal form the business will take. There are three types of business organizations:

  1. Sole proprietorship
  2. Partnership
  3. Corporation

Once you decide what form your business will take, you need to register your business name.

Registering a sole proprietorship or general partnership

There are two ways you can register your business name:

  1. Online at Service Ontario
  2. In person at either of these locations:

Small Business Enterprise Centre
City Hall, 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5
Payment Method is credit card only

Ellen Fairclough Building
119 King Street West, 1st Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y7

Fees include:

  • $60 to register
  • $8 per name searched

For questions about registering a Sole Proprietorship or Partnership call Ontario Business Connects at 1-800-565-1921.

Registering a corporation

To register your business as a corporation, contact:

For Provincial Incorporation:
Ontario Land Registry Office
119 King Street West, 4th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y7

Phone: 905-521-7561
Fee: $360 (Minister of Finance)
Office locations

For Federal Incorporation:
Industry Canada Corporations Directorate 
Phone: 613-941-9042
Registration fee: $200 when you submit online or $250 for all other means.
NUANS Report is $18 at