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Business Registration

Business Licensing is currently closed
In an effort to redirect staffing resources to aid with vaccination efforts in the face of surging COVID-19 infections, business licensing has been closed. Detailed information about services, facilities and programs that are currently modified or cancelled can be found at

As the COVID-19 situation in Hamilton continues to evolve, these Frequently Asked Questions for Business Licensing will be regularly updated as circumstances change to provide residents and business owners with current information.

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