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Government Services for Entrepreneurs

  1. Canada Business Network: Government Services for Entrepreneurs
    Explore this comprehensive portal of information on starting and growing a business. For example, click on Planning in Menu list.  The Planning section includes a guide to Writing a Business Plan, with templates and samples; and a section on Market Research and Statistics, with links to introductory and overview information about the basics of market research and market analysis.
  2. Canada Business Ontario
    Also a comprehensive portal of information, catered specifically to Ontario.  The How to start a Guides provide valuable information for specific types of business. A Newcomer business guide links to a number of documents in multiple languages.  Free telephone research and information service 1-888-576-4444 with requests answered in five business days.
  3. Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada
    Just for Businesses includes business tools and resources, industry and trade statistics, market research, finding financing, incorporation. Find industry data (organized by NAICS code), company directories, import and export statistics (trade data online). 
  4. Canadian Company Capabilities
    Directory for searching detailed profiles of 60,000 Canadian companies, their products or services, by NAICS code or by keywords.
  5. Financial Performance Data
    Create a comparative analysis profile using detailed financial and employment data on more than 600 business sectors across Canada.
  6. Ontario.ca Business and Economy  
    Start and Operate a Business covers registering a business name, and links to Ontario government services, permits, and regulations for business.
  7. City of Ottawa > Business
    Links to municipal services for business, including zoning by-laws, licences and permits, and the Business Ambassador Service, which guides food businesses through municipal regulations. Also link from the City of Ottawa website to demographic statistics by municipal ward, based on the 2011 Census.
  8. Canada Revenue Agency
    Click on Businesses for access to Business Number registration as well as GST/HST, payroll, import/export. Electronic publications include include Information for Canadian Small Businesses and Doing Business in Canada. 

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