New registry to help businesses quickly access government services

The province has created a new digital registry so businesses and nonprofits can file for incorporation, search or register a name, or file annual returns online anytime, saving them time.

New “Ontario Business Registrywas announced Tuesday by Minister of Government and Consumer Services Ross Romano and Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, and “replaces an outdated and inefficient process, offering business owners and nonprofit operators direct access to government services, available online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Registrations or filings that were previously submitted by mail or fax, taking four to six weeks, can now be made instantly through the online registry,” they said in a statement.

“Ontario’s Business Registry is an important milestone for small businesses in Ontario,” added Tangri. “We know how much time and sacrifice it takes to run a business and by digitizing services we are helping to ease the burden on owners and operators,” she said.

“Modernizing government services will reduce unnecessary burdens and help accelerate business growth across the province,” Tangri said.

Some 90 stocks will be available online, and the new system replaces “Ontario’s three-decade-old business registry system (which) was cumbersome and complex, requiring a great deal of time and energy on the part of business owners and non-profit operators,” Romano said. .

The government plans to soon allow accountants and legal professionals access to the register as well.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce reacted positively to the news.

“We are thrilled to see the Ontario government launching the new Ontario Business Registry today and moving forward with how it delivers its services in a customer-centric and user-friendly way. businesses,” chamber president and CEO Rocco Rossi said in a written statement. .

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