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Do I need to register a business name in Ontario if I incorporate federally?

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  • May 17th, 2017 7:46 pm
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Do I need to register a business name in Ontario if I incorporate federally?

I'm incorporating federally and doing this online, which also "registers" the business in Ontario at the same time.

Going off the information from here:
https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.ns ... 06642.html

And here:
https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.ns ... 07075.html
https://www.ontario.ca/page/registering ... iness-name

It seems like you don't need to register for a business name in Ontario unless you meet one of these criteria:

sole proprietorships (one owner) carrying on business under a name other than the individual’s full name;
partnerships carrying on business under a firm name other than the full names of the partners;
corporations carrying on business under a name other than their corporate name; ***
an existing general partnership or limited partnership registering a business name different from the registered firm name;
limited liability partnerships;
extra-provincial limited liability partnerships; and
extra-provincial limited liability companies

I believe the point I've marked with *** may apply to my business.

The thing is, I run an e-commerce type of business, so I can just up and create a random site one day that sells whatever products, and it's going to have a different name other than my corporate name.

But let's say I do this 20x in a year. I can't imagine I'd pay $60 x 20 for each new site I create just because it has a new name other than my corporation name.

How do I handle this? Would I actually need to register a business name each time I create a website?
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