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Secondary Market Research

Small Business Services’ Secondary Market Research Service provides you with information, such as:

  • Contact information for industry associations 
  • Information about business trends and local competitors 
  • Demographic data about potential customers in a specific geographic location

The secondary market research service is offered free of charge and is available for people at any stage of business in Ontario.

Note: Research requests may take up to five business days to complete.

Food Safety and Labelling

Food safety and labelling

Your local health unit is the main contact for information on food safety and inspections.

Contact your local health authority to arrange an inspection of your business location, equipment and processes and make sure your business is complying with provincial and federal legislation.

The following link provides contact information for local health authorities that inspect food businesses in Ontario.

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Local public health contacts

Next Steps

You can also find books, magazines and other relevant print material at business service organizations in your community. For more information or to locate a local business centre, contact us at 1-888-576-4444.

Music licence

Music licence

When your business uses recorded music, you are responsible for obtaining the right licence(s) for that use. Contact the following organization for more information:

Entandem

Regulations

Your business may need licences and permits from the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.

In addition to the information you will find in this guide, you can use BizPaL to find licences and regulations that may affect your business. You can also contact us to speak to someone about starting your business.

Contact us:
1-888-576-4444
Permits and licences search

Financing

Grants, contributions, subsidies and loan guarantees are available from various government sources. Use Innovation Canada’s online search tool to look for programs and services that may apply to your business.

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Grow your business

Getting Started

When you start a business there are several things to consider before you can sell your product or service. Most businesses in Ontario need to complete a minimum of three basic steps:

  • Find out what licences and regulations apply to your type of business
  • Choose a business structure and register or incorporate your business
  • Determine if you will need to collect and remit HST

Our Starting a Business guide will give you more information on these steps and other basic requirements for starting a business in Ontario.