Ontario Entrepreneurship

Starting a Business

Thinking of starting a business? You’re in good company: more than one-third of Canadas small and medium sized businesses are located here in Ontario.

Ontario’s favourable tax rates and streamlined registration and licensing procedures make it a great place to set up shop. Above all, Ontario offers many services to help your business succeed.

In Person

  • If you plan to open a small business in your community, your local ONE Centre can help with a free review of your business plan and one-on-one consultations before, during and after your launch. These centres host events and seminars too that can help you develop skills, gain information and connect with local experts and peers.

  • If your business will be based on commercializing new research or technology, your local ONE Centre offers free one-on-one consultations, entrepreneurial training courses and many other tailored start-up support services.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Entrepreneur

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s (OINP) Entrepreneur Stream helps individuals from countries outside of Canada to implement a new business idea or buy an existing business in Ontario. It also offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to be nominated for permanent resident status once their business has been successfully established in Ontario.