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Ontario Partnership

Partnership is a simple and not expensive business structure.

Two or more individuals, corporations, trusts, or partnerships located in Ontario may create a general partnership. Partners are not required to sign any agreement to create a partnership. A simple verbal agreement is sufficient to form it. But in order to protect partners in the event of a disagreement or dissolution of a partnership, a partnership agreement should be prepared.

Each partnership located in Ontario must register its business name with the province.

General Partnership

Registration fee - $49 + HST

Government fee - $60

In 0.5 to 3 business hours

Order Ontario Sole Proprietorship

Registration of new business names takes from 30 minutes to 3 business hours. Renewal of existing business names takes one to two weeks.

Ontario Business name registration is valid for 5 years.

In a general partnership each partner takes responsibility and becomes personally liable for all the debts and obligations of the business. Thus, each partner has unlimited personal liability including liability for the actions of the other partners.

If you are interested to get a limited liability company protecting you from the personal liability for your business, you should consider incorporation of your business.

Benefits of General Partnerships

  • Easy and inexpensive to set up

  • Flexible with little government regulation

  • New partners can be added easily

  • Risks are shared equally among partners

  • Minimal working capital required

  • Partners are taxed on business earnings in proportion to their share

  • Business is taxed through partners' personal income tax, and losses can be used to reduce taxes on other sources of personal income

  • Wages payable to spouses are deductible from the income of the business.

Disadvantages of General Partnerships

  • Unlimited personal liability for the business

  • Personal liability for the actions of the other partners (this includes actions that may be taken without partners' knowledge)

  • Lack of continuity in business organization

  • Difficulty in raising additional capital

  • Partners are taxed at individual tax rate, which is much higher than corporate tax rate.

Please note our company does not provide legal and tax advise. We recommend you to seek a professional advice from a lawyer, who is authorized to practice law in your province before ordering our company to file your information for registration of your business.


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