Address for incorporating a business - residential/po box ?

I live in a rented apartment unit. I want to start and incorporate a business. Can I use my residential address or should I get a PO box or is there an alternative?

Asked 10 months ago in Ontario
Categories: Business Law  Landlord-Tenant

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Shira Kalfa

Answer by Shira Kalfa

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Yes, you can absolutely use your residential address as your registered office. However, you cannot use a PO box as the legislation does not permit this. Many people use their home address as their business's registered address. All this means is that this is the address in which you wish the government to send mail to in relation to the business; it does not have to be the same address advertised as your place of business. 

Posted 9 months ago

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