Determine Your Business Structure.
Types of Business Structure:
- Sole Proprietorship is an unincorporated business 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 the business.
- 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.
- Corporation is an incorporated entity with its own rights and responsibilities as a distinct person under the law. A corporation is owned by the shareholders and managed by directors chosen by the shareholders. The owners of a corporation are not personally responsible for the debts of the corporation. The corporation is responsible for its debts.
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To register a sole proprietorship or partnership, you must register with Service Ontario -The Companies and Personal Property Security Branch, Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Business Services (MCBS).
Fees for Federal Incorporations (Canada wide) are $200 for online filing or $250 for using the printed forms. Federal Incorporations forms are available from the Mississauga Business Entrepreneur Centre (MBEC). Internet filing is available at: www.ic.gc.ca/corporations.
Fees for Provincial Incorporations (Ontario wide) are $300 for online filling or $360 for using the printed forms. Provincial Incorporations forms are available for a fee from Staples or Grand & Toy. If you incorporate electronically you must use the services of either online primary service provider: OnCorp at www.oncorp.com or ESC Corporate Services www.eservicecorp.ca (primary service providers are under contract with the Ontario Ministry of Government Services ) to complete the online Articles of Incorporation. The primary service providers may charge their own service fee.
PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE FROM AN ACCOUNTANT AND LAWYER IS RECOMMENDED IF YOU DECIDE TO INCORPORATE.
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