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SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

From business structuring to taxes, market research, and more, small business owners need the right tools and knowledge to succeed. Use the resources below to find helpful links that will help you get started on your entrepreneurship journey. Additional resources can also be found on the York Region Innovation Portal. Looking to find grants or subsidies? Check out Canada’s Business Benefits Finder tool.

The resources below provide information on the basics of setting up a business, including online learning sessions and more.

Small Business Centres Ontario – Online Learning Sessions

  • Business Basics | This series of 10 free online learning sessions will help you decide if starting your own business is the right path for you, then guide you through the steps involved in getting started.
  • Startup Sessions | Every business needs a solid foundation. This series of 10 free online learning sessions will set you up with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully launch your new business.
  • Growth Sessions | Are you an entrepreneur ready to take your small business to the next level? These 10 free online learning sessions will equip you with skills and knowledge to successfully position your business for growth.

To succeed, you need to know where your target customer lives, what media channels they use and their overall demographic information. Use the resources below as a starting point to start your market research.

Each business owner needs to confidently manage and understand their finances to ensure success. Use the below resources to learn about your tax obligations, payroll information and more.

Depending on your business’ size and structure, your tax obligations may vary, but all business activities
must be reported to the Canada Revenue Agency. Use the tools below to learn about income taxes and how you can get free help from a tax advisor.

Some businesses may need to import or export goods as part of their operations. Use the links below to learn how the process works and what you need to consider before getting started.

  • Importing Commercial Goods in Canada | This guide outlines the steps you need to take to import goods into Canada for commercial use, including duties, taxes and more.
  • Import/Export Program Account | If you import goods into Canada or export goods to other countries, you need to register for an import-export program account.
  • About Exporting | Whether your business is big or small, you can find new customers beyond our borders. Use this guide to learn about the steps you need to take to get started.

York Region is home to diverse communities, and its land is located on the traditional territory of many Indigenous peoples such as the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Métis peoples, the treaty territories of the Haudenosaunee, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Williams Treaties First Nations including the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. Use the links below to access tailored resources for Indigenous business owners.

  • Indigenous Economic Development Fund | The fund provides grants and financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities and organizations. The fund helps promote economic development and improve employment opportunities for Indigenous people.
  • Indigenous Business Development | The Government of Canada’s list of programs that support Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners in Canada.
  • Wabutek Business Development Corporation | Waubetek delivers business financing and economic support services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and First Nation communities.
  • Ogemawahj Tribal Council | Provide direction, guidance and support to member First Nations Chiefs, Councils, staff and community members in community based business projects.
  • Georgina Island Economic Development | The Georgina Island Economic Department is working to create local economic opportunities and a high quality of life for our community through training, business development, funding and more.
  • Georgina Island Training Employment and Development Fund | This fund provides financial support to help overcome skill-based barriers for businesses based on Georgina Island.
  • Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario | IAPO offers financing and business support to help First Nations farmer flourish
  • Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business | CCAB builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, businesses, and communities through diverse programming, providing tools, training, network building, major business awards, and national events.
  • PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise | PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise (PARO) provides a myriad of business supports including access to funding for women entrepreneurs living in Ontario.
  • Native Women’s Association of Canada | The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization that supports women arosss Canada, including Indigenous Skills and Employment Training.

York Region Public Health wants to ensure your health and safety by providing you with information on current inspection and investigation reports as well as educational resources on emerging public health concerns. Use the resources below to help keep your business safe and compliant.

Food Safety

Workplace Signage and Posters


Infection Control


Safe Water


YorkSafe Inspection Reports

  • YorkSafe Program | YorkSafe is York Region’s enhanced public health inspection reporting program that discloses the results of routine inspections, complaint inspections and re-inspections.