Starting a Business

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Connect with us. We are here to help businesses start up, scale and pivot. When you connect, we will listen, lend advice and direct you to the necessary department or community partners you'll need to succeed.

Before starting your business

Here are some resources to help you decide if entrepreneurship is for you. The Canada Business Network  and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) offer online tool guides to the research and planning you should do before taking the plunge, including an Entrepreneurial potential self-assessment tool.

Develop your business plan

A business plan is an outline for the development, execution and control of a new or existing business. Visit the York Small Business Enterprise Centre or South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation for a one-to-one consultation on business plan development or access Canada Business Network's online guide to writing a business plan.

Register your business

Access in-person, one-to-one support for business registrations, name searches and incorporation at York Small Business Enterprise Centre  or South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation or visit Service Ontario online for a step-by-step guide. Once registered, consider using a trade-mark to protect your business name. Depending on the nature of your business, you may have to register at the Town of Georgina.

BizPal will help in streamlining your business permit and licensing experience. If you require further assistance, contact the Town’s Economic Development Office (905)-476-4301 

The Town of Georgina provides licensing to 14 different categories of businesses. Details on each category and application forms can be accessed online. 

  • Adult Entertainment Facility
  • Adult Entertainment Parlour
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Body Rub Parlour
  • Exhibition & Festivals
  • Fireworks
  • Hawker & Pedlar
  • Horse Riding Establishment
  • Kennel
  • Refreshment Vehicle
  • Salvage Yard
  • Second Hand Goods
  • Special Sales
  • Taxis, Limos, Other

Restaurants or Catering Businesses

The Town of Georgina does not license Restaurants.  

Based on the nature of your business you may need to contact the York Region Health Department at 1-800-361-5653 or by email at

There are a number of forms, and applications that you need to fill out to for different licences. The Clerk's team will assist you with your project to ensure it meets town requirements. Prior to filing out a licence application, please consult with the Town’s Licensing Coordinator to make sure you fill out the correct application. You may contact the Town’s Licensing Coordinator at 905-476-4301 ext. 2291 for further information.