Get funding

Improve your digital presence

Learn more about a program to help main street businesses adopt new digital technologies and build an online presence.

Get help to pay for training costs

Learn how you can get up to $10,000 (per employee) through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, a program that helps employers pay for training costs for current and future employees.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund

Apply for programs that support your small businesses in northern Ontario.

Indigenous Economic Development Fund

Apply for grants and financing for Indigenous businesses, communities and organizations.

Get business advice

Connect with your municipality

Reach out to your local Economic Development Office, which works with your small business to help you grow.

Contact your local Business Improvement Area, which organizes, finances and carries out physical improvements to your downtown core.

Start a business

Call or visit a Small Business Enterprise Centre or community-based provider to find the tools to help you start and grow your business.

Find employees

Reach out to Employment Ontario for help finding workers.

Connect with a business advisor

Our experts can help you weigh your financing options, and improve your business plan before you present to lending institutions.

Grow your business

Take your business global

Learn how to sell outside of Canada, grow your business through exports and get financial help and resources.

Sell to the Ontario government

We buy goods, services and construction from 51,000 vendors. Learn how to become one of these vendors.

Get federal government support

Explore what federal government support programs can do for your business through Innovation Canada.

Register your business

Search for, register and renew a business name online.

Get legal advice

Get free legal advice

Pro Bono Ontario provides free legal advice to small business owners over the phone.

Have a legal question? Call toll-free within Ontario: 1-855-255-7256

Have a worker’s compensation or safety issue?

Get free, expert, and confidential advice, representation and education.

Know the important regulations

Employment Standards Act

Covers minimum wage, hours of work, termination of employment, public holidays, pregnancy and parental leave, severance pay, vacation and more.

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Covers the rights and duties of all people in the workplace, as well as the procedures for dealing with workplace hazards and enforcement as needed.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Learn how to meet the standard and make your employment practices accessible.

Get free training for you and your employees to meet these requirements.

Corporate income tax

Learn more about the changes we recently made to the small business corporate income tax rate.

Permits and licenses

Use BizPal to find the permits and licenses you need for your business.

Environmental approvals

Find out which approvals, permits and licenses you need to operate your business.