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Governments of Canada and Ontario Support Small Businesses

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Governments of Canada and Ontario Support Small Businesses

Launch Single Toll-Free Number, Making It Easier For Businesses To Get Government Information

To make it easier for business owners to get the information they need, the governments of Canada and Ontario have collaborated to create a telephone number with business information from both levels of government.

Callers can dial 1-888-745-8888 or TTY 1-800-268-7095 to get information on several topics including financing options, starting or growing a business, federal and provincial government programs, managing employees, regulations, taxes, permits and licences, importing and exporting requirements, and more.

The Honourable Rob Moore, federal Minister of State, Small Business and Tourism was joined by the Honourable Harinder S. Takhar, Ontario Minister of Government Services today, to officially launch the new toll-free Business Info Line.

The announcement was made at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario's 53rd annual conference and showcase.

This new toll-free telephone service is part of an ongoing partnership between Industry Canada and ServiceOntario to provide integrated services to businesses, through the Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre, and other services.

Quick Facts

  • The Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre assists more than 1.6 million web users each year
  • Each day, 50,000 users visit ServiceOntario.ca
  • As of June 2009, there were 857,077 businesses in Ontario, or 37.4 per cent of all businesses in Canada

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“Small and medium sized enterprises are the engine of the Canadian economy. Their success fuels economic growth and job creation. This new toll-free number makes it easier for businesses to find the assistance they need to make Canada more competitive, by reducing the burden on hard working Canadian entrepreneurs.”

Rob Moore

Minister of State, Small Business and Tourism

“Ontario is making it easier for businesses to work with government, grow and succeed. Creating an environment that will help attract investment is a key component of the government's plan to create jobs and grow the economy.”

Harinder S. Takhar

Minister of Government Services

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