Should you incorporate your business in Quebec and Ontario?

Have you ever wondered if incorporation is right for you? It's a legitimate question because incorporating a business can be so profitable for you. But while this form of business organization can be a critical step in your entrepreneurial success, it's not for everyone.

At, we're committed to helping Quebec and Ontario entrepreneurs make informed decisions, especially when it comes to incorporating a business. That's why we offer a dedicated consulting service to answer any questions you may have.

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A guide to help you make the right choice

At, we've developed a comprehensive guide to help you better understand the key concepts of incorporation. We cover topics such as the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation, the differences between sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, as well as the tax benefits offered on personal and corporate taxes, legal protection for shareholder(s), corporate and personal tax rates, and much more.

Our guide is completely free and does not obligate you to anything. Except to learn more about incorporating your business so you can make the best decisions for your entrepreneurial future.

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To complete the support, provides you with a team of experienced accountants and tax specialists to help you figure out if you should incorporate. We offer one-on-one consultations to answer your questions.

Our company's goal is to help you confidently navigate the process by providing advice tailored to your unique situation for a successful and profitable incorporation. Don't miss this opportunity to benefit from expertise that can inform your decisions and lead you to success and sustainable business growth.


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How do I incorporate a business in Quebec or Ontario ?

Incorporating a business in Quebec or Ontario is a structured process that begins with the identification of a unique corporate name for your business. In Quebec, this name must be in French, while in Ontario, the name is not language specific.

Once you've chosen a name or numerical designation, you'll need to draft the articles of incorporation, which are the founding documents of your corporation. These articles, when completed, must be filed with the appropriate provincial government agency, along with payment of the incorporation fee.

Once the company is incorporated, hold the first directors' meeting to adopt by-laws, issue shares, appoint officers and deal with other organizational formalities. It's also important to register for the necessary tax identification numbers, such as the GST/QST number in Quebec or GST/HST in Ontario.

Next, open a business bank account to manage your finances professionally and transparently. Finally, make sure you obtain all the necessary licenses and permits for your business, as each sector may have specific requirements.

This process may seem complex, but with proper preparation and, if necessary, the help of professionals such as lawyers or accountants, it can be managed efficiently and lay a solid foundation for your business.

What are the main advantages of incorporating a company ?

Incorporation offers several important benefits. It provides critical protection from personal liability by separating personal assets from business risks, which is essential in the event of litigation or business debt. On the tax front, incorporation can result in significant savings due to lower tax rates and optimized tax planning strategies.

In addition, incorporated businesses often enjoy greater credibility with banks and other financial institutions, making it easier to obtain loans and investments. Finally, incorporation simplifies estate and retirement planning, allowing for a smoother transfer of assets and more efficient management of pension plans.

Are there any disadvantages to incorporating my business ?

While there are significant advantages to incorporating, such as asset protection and tax benefits, there are also added complexities and costs. Incorporation requires stricter management and more detailed record keeping, which can be more complex for some owners.

Initial costs and annual fees, including the preparation of financial statements and tax returns, are also disadvantages to consider. In addition, corporations must comply with more stringent regulations, including financial disclosure and corporate governance, which can result in additional costs and require ongoing attention to maintain compliance.

When to incorporate? your business ?

Incorporation should be considered if you want to protect your personal assets from business risks, if your business is starting to generate significant profits, or if you're planning to raise capital or expand the business. It is also relevant if you want to take advantage of certain tax benefits or if you plan to sell your business in the future.

In addition, if you're planning to expand your business, it may be wise to consider incorporation relatively early, as it may simplify the incorporation process.

Is a registered business incorporated ?

No, a registered company is not necessarily incorporated. Registration, often regarded as the first administrative step, registers the company with the authorities for legal recognition. It can cover various types of business structures, including sole proprietorships and partnerships.

Incorporation, on the other hand, is a specific process that transforms your business into a corporation, a separate legal entity. This provides benefits such as personal liability protection and tax advantages. Incorporation is therefore a strategic choice that goes beyond simple registration.

Who can incorporate a business ?

In Quebec, any individual or legal entity can incorporate their own business. This includes sole proprietors, partners in general partnerships and even other corporations. Incorporation is available to both Canadian residents and non-residents, although some restrictions may apply to the latter. Professionals such as lawyers, accountants and doctors can also incorporate their practices, subject to the rules of their professional body.

It is important to consult with our experts, especially if you wish to incorporate a corporation with more than one shareholder, but also to understand the specific implications of your situation and to ensure that your incorporation complies with provincial and federal laws. At, our accountants and tax specialists work closely with NewCO Solution's partner lawyers to ensure compliance.

How much does it cost to incorporate a company ?

Incorporating a company, whether federally or provincially, involves variable costs.

In Quebec, the filing fee for a provincial incorporation is approximately CAD$ 378 at the Registraire des entreprises du Québec. At the federal level, the fee to incorporate through Corporations Canada is approximately CAD$200 for an online process. These amounts do not include professional fees if you use a lawyer or notary, which can add between CAD$500 and CAD$1,500 to the total cost. There are also annual maintenance and reporting fees.

How can the "Should I incorporate" guide help me ?

The guide provides detailed information about incorporation, including its advantages, disadvantages and case studies. It will help you understand whether it is right for your business needs and objectives, and give you a clearer view of this entrepreneurial step.

However, this guide may not always be sufficient to make the final decision, as you may have questions specific to your particular situation. Our experienced accountants and tax specialists can supplement the information with a consultation.

What does a consultation with a tax specialist include ?

The 1-hour consultation is designed to provide you with personalized advice tailored to your specific situation. A tax professional will answer your questions, help you understand the tax implications and guide you through the decision-making process.

Please note that your situation may require more than one consultation. Contact us for more information.