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Business Development Resources

Canadian Business Services for Entrepreneurs

Canada Business is a Government of Canada business resource site with a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

The CFIB represents the interests of the small business community to all three levels of government in their fight for improved government policies.

Industry Canada

Industry Canada works in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, improve Canada’s innovative performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment strives to strengthen the economy in Ontario by attracting new growth and investment to the province and by promoting goods and services abroad.

Ministry of Consumer Services

The Ministry of Consumer Services educates, protects and serves Ontario consumers by ensuring a fair, safe and informed marketplace. They provide modern information services, as well as regulatory practices that serve the interests of Ontarians while contributing to a competitive economy.

Ministry of Government Services

The Ministry of Government Services is responsible for the delivery of government services to the people of Ontario and is responsible for the government’s workforce, procurement and technology resources.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) administers Ontario’s workplace insurance for employers and their employees. Almost all businesses in Ontario must register with the WSIB within 10 days of hiring their first worker, whether their workers are full-time or part-time. Find out more on the WSIB website.

If you work in the construction industry the rules for mandatory coverage have changed. Find out what you need to know at needwsibcoverage.ca.

Human Resources & Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada attempts to build a stronger and more competitive Canada through the delivery of programs and support initiatives that help Canadians move through life’s transitions.

Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres

Through supporting the work of local youth employment centres across Ontario, the Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres aims to help young people find and maintain meaningful employment that will help improve the quality of their lives.

Revenue Canada

The Canada Revenue Agency administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories and various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is committed to transforming our agriculture and food sectors and rural communities for a healthy Ontario.

Ontario Exports

Ontario Exports provides programs and services to help Ontario’s small and medium-sized companies compete, adapt, innovate and meet international expectations in the export marketplace.

Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada provides Canadian exporters with financing, insurance, and bonding services as well as foreign market expertise.

Business Development Bank of Canada

The Business Development Bank of Canada provides small and medium-sized businesses with financing, consulting services and venture capital.

FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario helps southern Ontario communities and businesses diversify and strengthen their local economies by helping them to become more competitive, innovative and productive.

A Land Use Planning Guide for Businesses

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has developed A Land Use Planning Guide for Businesses. The guide provides general information about the land-use planning process in Ontario and can help a business determine if it needs professional assistance with approvals or can do the work independently.