FedDev Ontario -
Small Business Services

Small Business Services (SBS) is part of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). We help Ontario entrepreneurs access government business information and services.

Our collections

Business guide collection

View the list of guides on key business topics, such as starting a business, hiring employees, importing and exporting and more.

Multilingual collection

Explore a selection of business articles that are available in multiple languages, in addition to English and French.

How-to collection

Browse our collection of industry-specific how-to guides, such as How-to start a restaurant and How-to start a daycare.

Business essentials

Starting a business

Get an overview of the steps needed to start a business in Ontario.

Financing a business

Browse the most common financing programs that are available to Ontario business owners.


Find out what tax requirements your business might have.

Marketing plan outline

Browse our resources for information on developing a marketing and advertising strategy for your business.

Business plan guide

Find out what key elements your business plan should include.

Business regulations

Find out what the regulations are for common business types and activities.

Hiring employees

Learn about the rules and regulations for hiring employees.

Get in touch


Call us toll-free from anywhere in Ontario to speak with one of our information officers for help finding information for your business.

Contact us by email

Local business centres

Search for an in-person location in your area to access additional resources and support for your business idea.