A business name registration refers to a registration under the
Business Names Act. It expires after 5 years and must be renewed. The
Companies and Personal Property Security Branch, Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Business
Services (MCBS) does not send reminder notices. There are two types of business name
registration in Ontario.
A sole proprietorship is an unincorporatedbusiness that is owned by one
person. The owner of a sole proprietorship has sole responsibility for making decisions,
receives all of the profits, claims all losses, and does not have separate legal status from
A partnership is an association between two or more people who join
together to carry on a trade or business. Each partner contributes money, labour, property, or
skills to the partnership.
The cost to register a sole proprietorship or partnership is $60 plus $8 per name search if
completed at an Ontario Business Connects (OBC) workstation or via the Internet.
To register by OBC computer, call for an appointment at the
following location below:
Government Information Centre (Service Ontario)
7765 Hurontario Street, Brampton Ontario (Brampton Court House)
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
To register via the Internet: www.businessregistration.gc.ca
The cost to register a sole proporietorship or a partnership in person at the Companies
Branch or by mail is $80 plus $12 per name search:
375 University Avenue, 2nd floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2H6
For further information, read MBEC's document on "Registering a Business" or
register for MBEC's seminar "Starting a Business."