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Government Services

All three levels of government have established services to help businesses. These services range from online forms related to establishing a business to data and statistics.

Toronto Services

Enterprise Toronto
Enterprise Toronto is an innovative public/private sector alliance created to provide one-stop sourcing of services and programs tailored to meet the needs of Toronto's entrepreneurs and small businesses.

A partner of Invest Toronto, Enterprise Toronto works with companies to address a wide range of needs including access to government services, export development opportunities, and tax/assessment reviews.

Learn more about Enterprise Toronto Small business services here.

Gold Star Program
Through the City's Gold Star program for business, City Planning, Economic Development, and Toronto Building staff help expedite eligible industrial, commercial office and institutional Planning and Building projects in Toronto.

Each project that receives this service is assigned an Economic Development Officer as part of the City Planning or Toronto Building case-managed team. The team provides customized one-on-one assistance to help businesses navigate the review and approval process.

Learn more about the City of Toronto Gold Star Program here.

Online Call Document System
The Online Call Document System is an up-to-date list of Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Quotations (RFQs) and Tenders. Learn more about the Online Call Document System here.

311 Toronto
311 Toronto provides access to a wide range of online services, including self-service requests and tracking, by dialing 3.1.1. or visiting the website here.

Ontario Provincial Government Services

Ontario Open for Business
Open for Business is an Ontario government initiative to create faster, smarter and more streamlined government-to-business services.

Over 700 government service standards provided by 22 ministries can now be found in a single, easy to access online location.

The Open for Business Act includes:

  • Harmonizing legislation with other jurisdictions
  • Delivering faster and easier government-to-business services
  • Responding to business and stakeholder requests quickly and effectively
  • Raising Service Standards and Guarantees
  • Reducing Regulatory Burden by 25%

The Open for Business Act has eliminated over 80,000 regulatory requirements - a 17.2% reduction - since 2008.

Service Ontario - Business
The Ontario Government has aggregated services from across ministries to make it easier for companies to connect with the government programs and services they need to start, run or grow a business in Ontario – including registration and tax questions.

List of Services offered by Service Ontario include:

Accessibility Compliance Reporting
  • All businesses or organizations that provide goods or services to the public or to other third parties in Ontario are legally required to comply with the requirements of the Standards.


  • Growing a business requires permits and licenses. The BizPal service has been developed to help businesses understand what permits and licenses the Federal, Provincial and City of Toronto governments require.

Business Info Line

  • For information on business-related government programs and services, call the Business Info Line at 1-888-745-8888

Business Information by Industry

  • Developed by Industry Canada and Service Ontario, this service provides information about Ontario's key industries.

Change your business information

  • Easily update existing information with several Ontario programs and the federal government.

ONT-TAXS online

  • File, pay and view Ontario business taxes online.

Ontario Gazette

  • Read current and back issues of the Ontario Gazette, the Government of Ontario's official publication of Notices and Regulations.

Register or renew your business

  • Obtain a Master Business License via email, plus apply for important programs and more.

Search or register a personal property lien

  • Find out if personal property is being used to secure a loan.

More online services

Government of Canada Services

Government of Canada Concierge Service
The Government of Canada's Concierge Service provides a single access point where small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can find high-quality, timely advice to help them innovate and accelerate their growth.

Developed, implemented and operated by the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC–IRAP) in collaboration with over 40 federal and provincial partners, the Service improves innovation and economic opportunities for SMEs by helping them navigate the available innovation resources and support programs. By combining online, phone and in-person services, the Service addresses the individual needs of SME clients.

Canada Business Services Centres (CBSC)

  • The CBSCs provide information about government services, programs and regulations and can answer questions about starting a new business or improving an existing one.

Canadian Government Programs and Services

  • Links to all federal government services arranged by topic.

Canadian Government Contacts

  • Find Government of Canada telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and in-person service centres.

Key Business Forms listing

  • Provides forms needed to incorporate a business, obtain a business number, export/import goods, and for other key areas of business.

Public Tenders

MERX is Canada's leading electronic-tendering service, and provides a source of Canadian public tenders, private tenders, U.S. tenders and private-sector construction news available in Canada.

MERX has leveled the playing field so that businesses of any size can have easy and affordable access to billions of dollars in contracting opportunities with the Government of Canada, participating provincial and municipal governments, the U.S. Government, state and local governments, and the private sector. Visit their website to view current available opportunities.

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