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Starting a businessSet up a business

After research and planning, the next step is to set up a business. Setting up and structuring a business involves legal and financial implications, making it important to talk to a legal and financial advisor. There may be additional requirements for your particular business in addition to those listed here.

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federal level resource Four steps to start a business Video, 3:14m

This video outlines steps for starting a business.

federal level resource Canada's Start-up Visa Program

Canada's Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build innovative businesses in Canada that can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale.

federal level resource Change it Up - Entrepreneur

Change it Up - Entrepreneur is a 6 month, full-time program that will take you step-by-step through starting your own business and building the skills you need to succeed.

The program is currently being offered in Samson Cree Nation, Alberta. 

Business structures, names and registration

federal level resource Registering a business

Learn about key registration requirements that may apply to your business.

provincial level resource How to incorporate a business

An introduction to incorporation.

provincial level resource Alberta corporations

Learn more about Alberta "limited" corporations.

provincial level resource Extra-provincial corporations

Learn more about extra-provincially registered corporations.

provincial level resource Register an extra-provincial corporation

Information about registering your extra-provincial corporation with provinces participating in the North West Partnerships Trade Agreement (NWPTA).  

provincial level resource Partnerships and trade names

Learn more about partnerships and trade names.

federal level resource Business name availability search

Learn about a NUANS search, which is required when determining a new corporate name.

provincial level resource Keep your corporation in good standing

Obligations and responsibilities with the Alberta corporate registry after incorporation or registration of a business.