Users should refer to the “Chatham-Kent Business Start-Up Guide” for more details regarding particular processes, or book a confidential, one-on-one appointment with the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre staff. A printable version, of the Start-Up Guide, is available to the right of the page.

Business Startup Checklist

Federal Requirements

Register for GST number with CRA (voluntarily or at $30,000 gross sales)

Obtain Import/Export permits if transporting goods in and or out of Canada

Municipal Requirements

Determine business location and check Municipal zoning regulations with Chatham-Kent Zoning department

Apply for building permit before construction or renovations on business begin

Check with Municipal Licensing department for additional licenses and permits required, schedule health and fire inspections

Provincial Requirements

Register business name and obtain Master Business License

Apply for RST Vendor Permit (PST) from Ontario Ministry of Finance

Obtain special provincial-regulated licenses and permits required for type of business being conducted

Other Recommended Steps

Contact applicable offices to arrange for utility hook-ups

Set up business bank account, payment systems (credit, debit machine)

Purchase business insurance from insurance company/broker

Set up record-keeping/filing system

Hire advisors: accountant, bookkeeper, lawyer

If you hire employees:

Register with Worker’s Compensation within 10 days of the employee’s date of hire

Obtain information on Employment Standards, Occupational Health & Safety

Set up Payroll Deductions account with CRA (EI, CPP, Income Tax)