Each year brings new changes to the business environment constantly reducing the entry market barriers and creating new opportunities for small business and startups. More and more entrepreneurs choose to launch their own business these days. In this article, we’ll provide you with some advice that can be helpful if you consider starting a business in Quebec.
According to Quebec law and regulations, you need to register your company in French, but the English version can also be registered along with the French version. If you choose to operate your business in two languages, you’ll need a bilingual logo and business cards as well as all promo products.
If you registered your company in Quebec and your customers are people who live in Quebec, your primary website language should be French. You can also use an English version (or a version in another language) as long as the French version is available. The same rule applies to the e-commerce websites: all product names and descriptions should be written in French along with other languages (if applicable).
When you sell product or service internationally the “com” top-level domain is preferable since it’s a well-established domain that can be successfully used by e-commerce and corporate websites. But if you are going to target local customers, the “ca” domain will be the best choice. It clearly indicates your location and highly trusted by Canadian customers. The use of “ca” domain is also advisable for Canadian online businesses because the customers tend to choose the local websites for shopping to avoid customs, taxes and currency issues. The top-level domain “ca” only available for registration to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and Canadian businesses.
If you send promotional emails to your customers, make sure you operate according to Canadian anti-spam legislation (CASL) rules. All email subscribers should give their permission to receive an email from your company. We recommend using only well-known and trusted newsletter providers to avoid any IP-blacklisted issues. Needless to say that the chosen newsletter provider should operate under CASL rules.
When you launch a startup, you are considered as a small supplier and you don’t need to register as a sales taxpayer (unless you have a $30,000 contract at the beginning). As far as you achieve a $30,000 in sales, you must register to pay sales taxes. When you registered as a sales taxpayer, you should clearly display your federal and provincial register tax numbers on all of your invoices for all the transactions that exceed $30. You can choose to register voluntarily even if your sales below $30,000. It can give you some financial benefits.
We hope that this article gave you some useful insights about doing business in Quebec.
If you have any questions about starting and operating a small business in Quebec, we recommend you to consult the lawyer. It will help you to avoid any issues and ensure your legal protection. Stiverne Law Firm is specialized in business law and helps startups and business owners with qualified legal advice and contract creation.