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Canadian Sole Proprietorship Registration

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This service includes the purchase of one sole proprietorship registration in any province of territory in Canada.

As part of this service we perform preliminary name searches first on all orders (for no extra cost) before we obtain a full search in order to eliminate a rejection of the name.  A preliminary name search report is about 90% accurate.  There is no guarantee that a name search report will be accepted by a government but we work to eliminate this happening.


Most provinces and territories will require a NUANS report or a name search report when registering a sole proprietorship.  Below is a list of the provinces and territories in Canada and what the requirement is for a report.  It is suggested that you obtain a full NUANS or name search report even if it is not required because the onus is on you to ensure your name is available.

Province/Report/Timing of Registration

Alberta - NUANS report not required (1-2 days)
British Columbia - BC Name Search Report required (4-8 days)
New Brunswick - NUANS report required (2 days)
Ontario - NUANS report not required (1-2 day)
Saskatchewan - SK name search report required (8-10 days)

It is always best to have a full name search to ensure the name is available and an option will be provided for you to obtain an Ontario or Alberta name search if you wish this assurance.


A Federal Business Number will be issued to the sole proprietorship in BC and NB but it is not automatic in the other provinces.

If you require an HST/GST account, Payroll account, Import/Export account, etc. these need to be applied for separately.

If a sole proprietorship makes over $30,000 it will be required to obtain a GST/HST no. in most provinces or territories.  See the section on the main site respecting Federal Business Number for more information.  A sole proprietorship is not required to charge HST/GST unless it is making $30,000 and there will be no need to register until such time. Federal Business Numbers are issued to the person rather than to the sole proprietorship. 


When ordering you will be requested to choose a province for your registration which will include the government fee.  You will also be prompted to choose a Name Search Report for your province with an additional fee or indicate you already have a search or, in the case of AB and ON, choose yes or no to obtaining a full NUANS. There is an option for you to upload your search.

Please complete the questionnaire before you Add to Cart:

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If you already have a Name Search Report please

Do You Require Any of the Following Accounts?


Have you Ever Been Issued a Federal Business No Before?

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