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Canada Download Profile (1716KB, pdf)
Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 35,851,774
GNI Per Capita (US$) 47,500
City covered Toronto



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 22 20 down
78.57 78.79 down
Starting a Business 2 2
98.23 98.23
Dealing with Construction Permits 57 53 down
73.66 73.70 down
Getting Electricity 108 105 down
63.76 63.76
Registering Property 43 43
75.40 75.40
Getting Credit 7 7
85.00 85.00
Protecting Minority Investors 7 6 down
76.67 76.67
Paying Taxes 17 15 down
88.86 88.86
Trading across Borders 46 46
88.36 88.36
Enforcing Contracts 112 95 down
54.35 56.54 down
Resolving Insolvency 15 15
81.43 81.36 up

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Legal form Private Corporation
Paid-in minimum capital requirement CAD 0
City Toronto
Indicator Canada OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 2 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 1.5 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 0.4 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 2 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 1.5 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 0.4 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0 9.2
  • No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    File for federal incorporation and provincial registration via Industry Canada’s online Electronic Filing Centre

    Agency: Industry Canada

    To file for incorporation electronically (via Online Filing Centre), the cost is CAD 200. There is no fee for the provincial registration in Ontario. Electronic filing for incorporating a business is 1 day and the Business Number is sent to the company within 5 days.

    The following documents are required to file for federal incorporation and provincial registration:
    1. Form 1: Articles of Incorporation
    2. Form 2: Initial Registered Office Address and First Board of Directors
    3. Provincial registration form.
    While extra-provincial registration in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan can be done at the same time when the documents for federal incorporation are filed (via Joint Online Registration System), generally, a federal company that intends to conduct business in other Canadian province would need to register in that province individually. See, for example, Part 11 of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia).

    Four incorporation options available:
    1. Incorporation of a numbered name corporation, e.g. 1234567 Canada Inc.
    If the company is incorporating under a name, rather than a number, a name search report must be obtained at a cost of CAD 21.47. The search report and articles must be filed within 90 days of the production of the name search report.
    2. Incorporation of a corporation with a name pre-approved by Corporations Canada (a NUANS® search in electronic format is required to accompany the submission) or
    3. Incorporation of a corporation where name approval is to be sought (a NUANS® search in electronic format is required to accompany the submission);
    4. Incorporation of a numbered name corporation that has been pre-reserved.
    It is a same day service, if you submit the forms online prior to 1PM, the incorporation certificate should be provided on the same day by 5PM.

    Once a corporation is created, the corporation's information is transmitted to the Canada Revenue Agency which then transmits back the Business Number with the corporate income tax account number. This number can be accessed within a day from the online database of federal corporations on Industry Canada's website.

    1 day CAD 200

    Register for VAT

    Agency: Canada Revenue Agency

    All private corporations with turnover of over 30,000 CAD per quarter must register for the VAT –referred to as Goods and Services Tax (GST)/Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) – with Canada Revenue Authority (CRA). In order to register with CRA, corporations must provide the Name, phone number, and the Social Insurance Number (SIN) of at least one owner/director of the business and the Business Address and Major Business Activity (MBA) when registering. Registration can be done online at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html - at no cost.

    less than one day (online procedure) no charge