A Step-by-Step Guide to Registering a Business Name in Ontario


Embarking on a new business venture in Ontario involves several crucial steps, one of which is registering your business name. This process not only establishes your unique brand identity but also ensures compliance with legal requirements. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to register a business name in Ontario. For personalized legal assistance and expert guidance, don’t hesitate to contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or info@falconlawyers.ca.

  1. Choose a Unique Business Name:Before diving into the registration process, it’s essential to choose a unique and distinctive business name. Ensure that your selected name reflects your brand identity and is not already in use by another business in Ontario.
  2. Conduct a Name Search:Perform a thorough name search to check the availability of your chosen business name. The Ontario government provides an online business name search tool, allowing you to verify the availability and uniqueness of your desired name.
  3. Draft the Business Name Registration Form:Prepare the Business Name Registration form, also known as Form 1, which can be obtained from the Ontario government’s official website. This form collects essential information, including the business name, address, type of business, and the names of the business owners.
  4. Complete the Business Name Registration Form:Fill out the Business Name Registration form accurately and completely. Include all required details, and ensure that the information matches the chosen business name and aligns with your business structure (e.g., sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation).
  5. Submit the Form and Pay the Fee:Submit the completed Business Name Registration form to the Companies and Personal Property Security Branch of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. Along with the form, you’ll need to pay the applicable registration fee. The fee amount may vary, so check the current fee schedule on the official website.
  6. Wait for Confirmation:After submitting the form and payment, you will receive a Master Business License, which serves as confirmation of your registered business name. This document includes important details such as your business name, registration date, and a unique Business Identification Number (BIN).
  7. Display Your Business Name:As part of the registration process, you are required to display your business name at any location where you conduct business. This includes storefronts, websites, and any promotional materials.
  8. Renew Your Registration:Keep in mind that business name registrations are valid for five years. It’s crucial to renew your registration before it expires to maintain your legal standing. Failure to renew may result in the cancellation of your business name.
  9. Seek Legal Advice from Falcon Law PC:For personalized legal assistance, guidance, and to ensure that your business name registration aligns with your overall business strategy, contact Falcon Law PC. Their experienced legal professionals can provide expert advice tailored to your specific needs.


Registering a business name in Ontario is a foundational step in establishing your business identity. Following these steps will help you navigate the registration process effectively. For personalized legal support and expert guidance, reach out to Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or info@falconlawyers.ca. Their team is ready to assist you on your journey to business success.

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