Use the checklist below to understand each stage of your business’ lifecycle.  Although the checklist may not show everything you need to know, you may find it a great place to start.  You can find more information from the links supplied. Our video series are also a great source of information.

Starting a business

If you are planning on starting a business or buying a business, see Small businesses and self-employed and Buying a business.

The Canada Business Network Web site also provides a one access point to all the government services and information needed to start and run your business, as well as other information to help your business be successful.

Forms and publications

Before you start

  • Do you meet the definition of a business. You could be considered as self-employed, as having a sole proprietorship or a partnership.

Start a business

  • File my GST/HST return. Depending on your business’ situation, you may have to remit on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.

Maintain a business

Close or resume your business

Date modified: 2015-02-26


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