Ontario businesses will soon be able to access government services every day of the year

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Published August 17, 2021 at 3:56 pm

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The Province is making it easier for businesses to interact with the Ontario government.

On Tuesday (August 17), the Province announced it is launching the Ontario Business Registry, which will be an online registry that will replace outdated technology.

The Ontario Business Registry will be online as of October 19, and it will provide businesses with direct access to government services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year for the first time ever.

Through this new registry, businesses will be able to complete 90 transactions completely online, including registering a new business and dissolving an existing one.

Additionally, registrations or filings that were previously submitted by mail or fax, and took four to six weeks to complete, will be able to be done instantly through the online registry.

It will also make bookkeeping easier, as all transactions will be accompanied by an electronic, email receipt, rather than paper documents.

Further, the migration of annual return filings that were previously completed through the Canada Revenue Agency will be available through the Ontario Business Registry when it is implemented, which will allow businesses to keep all their important filings in one place.

“Ontario’s businesses and not-for-profit corporations are overdue for a new business registry that meets the needs of our modern economy and rapidly expanding digital world,” Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, said in a news release.

“Our government’s new business registry will help ensure businesses can access the services they need quickly and efficiently in order to reduce their costs and allow them to focus their time and energy on rebuilding from the impacts of COVID-19.”

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