Start a business

Starting a business can seem daunting, but we are here to help you understand how to federally incorporate and the related benefits, and how to name your business.

We want to make it easy for you to do business confidently, anytime, anywhere.


Incorporate your business

Benefits of incorporation

Easier access to capital, lower tax rates and greater flexibility of doing business, to name a few. Find out the advantages of being federally incorporated.

Name a corporation

There are important things to keep in mind when naming your federal corporation. Consult this guide to find out.


Incorporate a business

Discover the 4 steps to incorporate a business under the Canada Business Corporations Act.

Incorporate a not-for-profit

A guide on what you need to know to create a federal not-for-profit corporation under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.


Incorporate a cooperative

Helpful information on how to create a federal cooperative under the Canada Cooperatives Act.

Incorporate a board of trade

Everything you need to know to create a federal board of trade under the Board of Trade Act.

Did you know? Online basic incorporation cost $200 and can be done within 1 business day. File online.

Steps after submitting your application

Find out more about our application process and what you can do following your filing.

Identity management

Learn more about identity management at Corporations Canada and ISED.

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