Find out what your legal obligations are when it comes to starting and running a business. 


Legal and Insurance Resources

• Insurance and Bonding

The right type of business insurance can provide peace of mind in both your personal and business life.

• Choosing a Business Structure

The structure of your business will depend on whether you want to run your business yourself or with a partner or associates. There are four types of business structures: sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and co-operatives.

• Sole Proprietor or Partnership Registration

Register a Sole Proprietor or Partnership Trade Name. 

• Privacy and Your Business

The way you treat your clients' information matters. In Canada, most businesses have to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) which regulates how you may collect, use and disclose the personal information you gather as you do business. Some provinces, territories and industry sectors are subject to other regulations.


• Legal Issues in Starting a Business

Do you really need a lawyer? Business law can be very complex, and it can be difficult for you to forecast legal issues that may arise down the road. Find out when to hire a lawyer and how you can reduce potential legal costs.

• Naming Your Business

Choose the name for your business carefully. It will precede you wherever you go!

• Trademark Search

Make sure the name you've chosen is not already trademarked!

• E-Business Privacy and Security

There are several strategies that can help you reduce the risks you and your customers face when doing business online. Be aware of these risks and take steps to deal with them before they become problems.

• Business Size Doesn’t Matter Privacy Does

In today's technology-driven, ever-connected world, privacy can be difficult to come by, and equally difficult to ensure. This is true not only in terms of what kind of information you should share, but also in terms of what kind of information you should collect.


Copyright and Intellectual Property

• About Intellectual Property

• Patents

• Trade-marks

• Industrial designs

• Copyrights

• Integrated circuit topographies

• International Intellectual Property Protection

• Product licensing