Starting a Business

Starting and developing a brand new Hamilton based business takes motivation, desire and talent as well as research and planning. Let our Small Business Enterprise Centre located right in City Hall, 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.  And use our SBEC experts to help your build a comprehensive and well-thought-out business plan that will help you reach these goals.

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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 OR
  • Ellen Fairclough Builiding 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.

Corporation Registration:

Provincial Incorporation
Ontario Land Registry Office
119 King St. W. 4th Floor Hamilton (905) 521-7561
Fee of $360.  (Minister of Finance)
For more information please visit:
Federal Incorporation
Industry Canada Corporations Directorate
(613) 941-9042
$200 when submitted on-line or $250 for all other means.
NUANS Report is $18, at
For more information please visit:


To learn more about Muncipal Licensing Requirements for specific business types in Hamilton visit the for more information.

Sources of Funding

Financing Info GuideFinancing Info-Guide


Grants/Government Program & Incentives

Other Resources

Are you looking for books, magazines or other resources for starting your business?  Visit the Hamilton Public Library’s “Find-it Guides” for business startups for more information.