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Business Registration System

An Ontario Business Connects Business Name Registration system is located in our public resource centre. You can register your sole proprietorship or partnership between 9:00am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday. Click for more information regarding Provincial Business Name Registration.

Reference Library

Our reference library contains all the information you need to start or expand your business. You will find information, pamphlets, and booklets to take home as well as directories, guides and magazines available for in-office use.

Business Consultations

A Business Consultant is available, by appointment, to discuss your business and review your business plan. This is a free service.

Computer Workstation

An Internet-linked computer is available for public use. In addition the workstation is linked to a variety of software programs and databases.


Seminars are scheduled throughout the year featuring guest speakers from various professions. These seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions about your business start-up, current operation or business idea.

Research Assistance

Our Small Business Consultant can help you with your market, competitor and industry research.

Business Databases

Business Information System

Information on business-related programs at the Federal and Provincial level. Find information on all forms of government assistance including:

  • legal, tax and regulatory requirements
  • financing
  • How To documents
  • Contact and networking information

Canadian Business & Current Affairs

Articles from various magazines, trade journals, newsletters and newspapers. Locate information on a wide variety of business topics including companies, industries and business people.

Company Directories

Information on more than 50,000 Canadian companies. Used to source suppliers and identify competitors.

Export Opportunities

Numerous publications detailing every aspect of exporting products/services to the international market.