We have changed our name to:
Small Business Services.
Our website will remain available and our content will stay the same as we work to update the name throughout the website. You can expect to see both the Canada Business Ontario and Small Business Services names appearing on the site temporarily as we make this transition.
Foreign investment in Ontario
If you are considering Ontario as the location for your business investment or are interested in business immigration, this guide provides an overview of the services and programs that are available.
In addition to the services and programs listed here, please refer to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s website to learn about the regulations and process for investing in Canada.
Investment Canada Act
If you are looking for information on starting a business as a new immigrant to Canada, please read our Business guide for newcomers to Canada.
Invest in Canada
Invest in Canada provides information on Canada’s industries, regulations and support organizations that can help you expand your business into Canada. Visit the website or contact a trade commissioner in your region for more information on market intelligence, connections and support available to help you find opportunities in Canada.
Invest in Ontario
The Ontario Investment Office (OIO) can help you get information on:
- The Ontario economy
- Industrial land and buildings that are available in the province
- Government incentive programs
- Contacts for other business support services
- Industry-specific information
You can also use their Investment Ready Certified Site Program to find pre-screened properties with access to information such as zoning and site assessments.
1-800-819-8701 (North America)
Ontario Investment Office
Invest Northern Ontario
Invest Northern Ontario can help you get information on workforce statistics, infrastructure, property sites, sector profiles and funding incentives specifically for businesses investing in Northern Ontario communities, which include the cities of North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Greater Sudbury, Timmins and Thunder Bay.
Invest Northern Ontario
Business immigration programs
If you are thinking of immigrating to Canada, you may be interested in one of the business immigration programs. To be eligible, you must meet the programs’ criteria for investors, entrepreneurs or self-employed persons. For more information, visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website.
Business immigration program
You can also find books, magazines and other relevant print material at business service organizations in your community. To locate a Small Business Services (SBS) community partner, contact us at 1-888-576-4444.