Hamilton Economic Development

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 (SBEC) 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 www.serviceontario.ca then click on ”Services to Businesses”
  • In person – Small Business Enterprise Centre at City Hall (payment by credit card only)
  • Ellen Fairclough Building 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: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/h_cs06636.html

Federal Incorporation
Industry Canada Corporations Directorate
(613) 941-9042
$200 when submitted on-line or $250 for all other means.
NUANS Report is $25, at http://www.corporationcentre.ca
For more information please visit: http://www.corporations.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/home


To learn more about Muncipal Licensing Requirements for specific business types in Hamilton visit the www.hamilton.ca/bizpal for more information.

Sources of Funding

Financing Info Guide – Financing Info-Guide


Grants/Government Program & Incentives

Other Resources

  • Looking for more information or articles to help you start and grow your business?  Please visit Canada Business Network for information and resource to help you start and grow your business http://canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/3422




Ranked Canada's most diversified economy, home to Canada's busiest multi-modal cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes, and centrally located within a one hour drive to Toronto, Waterloo and the Niagara/US Border, Hamilton is at the center of it all. With two internationally renowned post-secondary institutions in the city (surrounded by 23 other), a diverse and learned workforce and both ample greenfield and urban sites upon which to build, we're ready for your investment.

Welcome to unstoppable.