Entrepreneurship & Small Business

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

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  • May 29th, 2017 12:16 pm
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May 16, 2017
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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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Feb 8, 2009
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If you registered a named federal corporation you don't need to register again in Ontario; you do need to apply for an Ontario corporation number though. If you registered a numbered federal corporation then yes, you would need to register a trade name in Ontario, after obtaining an Ontario corporation number. I wouldn't bother registering each website name; just register one name that you will use for your business, and consider all other websites brands of the company. As long as all of your bookkeeping, A/P and A/R is done under the main name/corporation you should be fine. If anything, you may look at trademarking some of the business brands that are doing well and starting to get better known online.
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ruffalbite wrote:
May 29th, 2017 1:38 am
Forgive my ignorance but what do A/P and A/R stand for?
Accounts payable and Accounts Receivable.

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