Registering your business
As a prospective entrepreneur or new business owner, you are no doubt aware of the importance of spreading the word about your organization. In addition to informing potential customers about your business, you must let the government know about your plans.
You may need to register with several different levels of government for many different reasons. This document provides an overview of the key registration requirements that may apply to your business.
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Before registering your business, you must think about what form of business you want to start and what you want to call your business.
- Naming your business
Choose the right name for your business. Your business name should be unique and easy to remember, and should describe the products and services you provide.
- Corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship?
Find out which type of business structure is right for your business: incorporation, a partnership, a sole proprietorship or a co-operative.
- Business Number (BN)
Your Business Number is your single account number for dealing with the federal government regarding GST/HST, payroll, import/export and other activities.
Provincial and territorial business registration
Most provincial and territorial governments require that you register your business with them.
- Forming a co-operative in Saskatchewan
Find out how to register a co-operative in Saskatchewan, including information on fees and required forms.
- Registering a sole proprietorship or partnership in Saskatchewan
Find out how to register your business name as a sole proprietorship or partnership in Saskatchewan, including the fees, the forms required and the turn-around time.
- New West Partnership Trade Agreement
If your business is located in British Columbia, Alberta, or Saskatchewan, this agreement can save you time as it allows for a seamless business registration between provinces.
If you decide to incorporate your business, you can incorporate federally or provincially.
Federal incorporation allows you to do business under the same name in all provinces and territories, although you may still need to register your business in individual provinces and territories. If you do plan to do business in more than one province or territory now or in the future, you should consider incorporating federally. Before doing so, you need to complete a NUANS name search.
- NUANS Corporate name search
Compare your proposed business name to the names of existing businesses to see if it is unique.
- Federal business incorporation
Access convenient online or paper methods of incorporating your business federally.
- Guide to Federal Incorporation
Step-by-step guidelines to help you incorporate your business and set up an appropriate structure.
- Federal cooperatives
Find out how to incorporate and maintain a federal cooperative in Canada.
- Keeping your corporation in good standing: Reporting obligations
Find out how to keep your federally incorporated company in good standing.
- Reviving a Business Corporation
Find out how you can revive a dissolved federal corporation and restore it to its pre-dissolution legal status.
Provincial or territorial incorporation
- Incorporating your business in Saskatchewan
Find out how to incorporate your business in Saskatchewan, including the fees, the forms required and the turn-around time.
- Registering an extra-provincial corporation in Saskatchewan
If you own an out-of-province corporation and are doing business in Saskatchewan, you will have to extra-provincially incorporate your business in Saskatchewan.
- Forming a non-profit corporation in Saskatchewan
Find out how to register your non-profit corporation in Saskatchewan, including the fees, the forms required and the turn-around time.
Permits and licences
You may also require specific permits and licences from the federal, provincial or municipal governments, depending on your location, industry sector, and specific activities that you plan to conduct. Use our permits and licences search to find out which permits and licences might apply to your business.
- Permits and licences
Find the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal permits and licences that you may need to start or manage your business.
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