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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.

BizPaL City of Toronto Services

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.

Online Call Document System

The Online Call Document System is an up-to-date list of Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Quotations (RFQs) and Tenders. Visit website.

311 Toronto

311 Toronto provides access to a wide range of online services, including self-service requests and tracking. You can also contact 311 by e-mail or fax. Visit website.

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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. Also, since 2008, Ontario has eliminated over 80,000 regulatory requirements - a 17.2 per cent reduction.

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%

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:

  • 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.
  • BizPaL
    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 (Coming Soon) 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 your Master Business License via e-mail, 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
    Other online services.

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Federal Government 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, it 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, get a business number, export/import goods and for other key areas of business.
  • Company Directories

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Political Instability Index
Measures the level of threat social protest poses to governments, due to economic distress and underlying vulnerability.
Year: 2009-2010
Categories: Business Environment, Government Services
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