Under Ontario’s Business Names Act, you must register your business name with the Province if you are operating a business under a name other than the legal name of the owner of the business. Registration applies to:

  • Sole proprietorships who are operating a business that is different from the owner’s name
  • Partnerships (except for partnerships operating under the Limited Partnerships Act)
  • Corporations who are doing business under a different name than their corporate name

Registration provides you with a Business Name Registration that lasts for five years at a cost of $60.00.