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Starting a Business

Thinking of starting a business?

You’re in good company: more than one-third of Canada’s 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.

Online Resources

  • An online strategy for your business is critical for its success. Learn more with the E-Business Toolkit.


  • Find out about federal and provincial government programs, services and regulations from the business guides posted on the Canada Business Ontario website.




Youth Entrepreneurship

Why work for someone else when you can be your own boss? Almost one-third of youth-owned businesses in Canada are located here in Ontario.


Along with access to the same services all entrepreneurs have, Ontario offers programs geared to youth.


  • If you’re a student age 15-29, you can get up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to start and run your own business through the Summer Company program. In the last ten years, 4,000 students have started businesses this way.


  • If you’re an enterprising student between the ages of 19 and 29, you may qualify for an international entrepreneurship placement through the Ontario Global Edge program. Currently delivered by nine post-secondary institutions, the Ontario Global Edge program helps to develop a broader understanding of small and medium enterprises within the global economy.


  • If you’re an entrepreneur age 18-39, the Futurpreneur Canada offers a suite of programs that will help guide you from pre-launch to expansion. They include coaching, financing, mentoring and more.



  • If you teach Grade 7-10, you can introduce students to entrepreneurship through Future Entrepreneurs, a program that includes a classroom visit by a company owner in your community.



Retrieved from Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs