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To call on all the services offered by PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest, your business or a branch of it must be located in the area bounded by the boroughs of Sud-Ouest, Verdun and LaSalle or be about to locate there.
Send us an e-mail telling us what you are looking for in terms of size or price. The PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest team will keep an eye out for premises that could interest you or will put you in touch with building managers. Take a look around your target area Contact business development corporations (SDCs) Contact a real-estate agent Look on the Internet
Before renting or buying premises for your business, make sure it is in a sector zoned for your activities. To find out the authorized uses in your sector and obtain a certificate of occupancy, contact the Permits and Inspections Division of your borough: Sud-Ouest Verdun LaSalle
Every entrepreneur is different, but there are certain common motivations, aptitudes and skills shared by people who successfully build their own businesses. See our Launching your business page.
You must have a certificate of occupancy in all cases (see above). In addition, you need specific permits for certain types of activity. For instance, if you are opening a restaurant, you will have to have a permit from the Québec department of agriculture, fisheries and food (MAPAQ). Here are some sites where you can get more information: Portail Québec – Entreprises – Permis et licences (in French) Canada Business Network – Permits and Licenses

Legal form and constitution of your business

In Québec, most businesses have to register with the Registraire des entreprises as soon as they are created, and declare their legal form. Visit our Legal considerations section.
The six PME MTL hubs all have the same structure and the same local economic development mission, so they do offer the same support services for entrepreneurs. However, the services are organized differently to suit each area, and may reflect different priorities and criteria. Some hubs have developed specific agreements with various partners. See your hub’s “Services” page for complete details.
The legal form you choose will depend on what your business will be doing, the number of people involved, risk management, financial and social objectives, etc. Each form has its advantages and disadvantages. Visit our Legal considerations section.
You are best to consult a lawyer or notary, to make sure you fully understand the clauses of this kind of agreement. Visit our Legal considerations section.
A social economy enterprise may be created as a non-profit organization (NPO) or a co-operative (co-op). In Québec, when a social economy enterprise is a NPO, it is registered under Part III of the Companies Act (see Registraire des entreprises). Co-operatives must be created under the Co-operatives Act (see the website of the Ministère de l’Économie, Science et Innovation Québec, direction de l’entrepreneuriat collectif) (in French)
Yes, PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest advisors can guide you and give you some ideas. A market study is a very important part of planning a business, to make sure that your goods or services are suited to the target market. A detailed market study will help your business understand the market it is entering, better face the competition and take advantage of opportunities. Make an appointment by calling 514 765-7060 during our business hours, or write us at Visit our Business plan and financial tools section.
Yes. You can make the change by contacting Revenu Québec, Revenue Canada and the Québec Registraire des entreprises. This may have tax consequences, however. Revenu Québec and Revenue Canada recommend that you meet with an accountant first, to minimize the tax consequences and make sure that the change is done properly.
All businesses carrying on commercial operations in Canada must register for GST and, in Québec, QST, the only exceptions being small suppliers with annual sales of less than $30,000. These small suppliers are not required to collect sales taxes, but if they choose this option they cannot be reimbursed for any sales taxes they have paid. See our Launching your business page.


Your business plan

If you and your business meet certain criteria, you may be eligible for the subsidies offered by PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest. Visit our Financing section.
PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest offers different financing programs and measures, for social economy enterprises and for-profit businesses alike. See our Financing section. PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest funds are often useful as levers in putting your financing together. Our advisers can help you do so with the different partners that might contribute to your business: For-profit business: Investissement Québec, BDC, Desjardins, Futurpreneur, other financial institutions. Social economy enterprise: RISQ, Filaction, ACEM, charitable foundations, Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins, Fiducie du Chantier de l’économie sociale, government programs (depending on your industry)
Some industries are excluded: any business that is sexual, religious, or political in nature, and any business whose activities are degrading, discriminatory or controversial (war games, tarot card reading, astrology, pawn shops, etc.); seasonal projects, unless the developer can show that the business provides him or her with full-time employment.
Yes, if the planned expansion qualifies. See our page on Financing.
Nearly all the services offered for entrepreneurs and businesses are free.


Social economy and social entrepreneurship

You can make an appointment with a management advisor at PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest, who will help you come up with a plan or refer you to someone who can.
The PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest job placement service can help you define your needs, prepare job offers and recommend pre-screened candidates. Our advisors will also be able to tell you about the different programs or measures designed to help you. 


PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest offers advisory and support services in this regard. Our advisors will be happy to talk with you. Make an appointment by calling 514 765-7060 during our business hours, or write us at
A business plan is a planning tool that lets entrepreneurs structure their ideas. It identifies the mission of the business, the vision and values of the entrepreneur(s), and the services/products to be offered. It also analyzes the market (segmentation) and the competition and lays out the marketing strategy, financial forecasts, etc. Your business plan will be used as a management tool and a way of presenting your organization when seeking financing or partnerships. Visit our Business plan and financial tools section.
PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest can help you with advisory and support services and, if your plan qualifies, offer financing through its investment funds. Our advisors will be happy to talk with you. Make an appointment by calling 514 765-7060 during our business hours, or write us at
You have a business idea and you’d like to launch a business? Here is some useful information. Your business plans are already well advanced or you already have a business plan prepared? Then you’re ready to meet with an advisor. Make an appointment by calling us at 514 765-7060.
You can submit an application for financing at any time. Contact an advisor to find out how to proceed and what supporting documents you will need.
See our “Area covered” page. 


PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest is the main service outlet for all entrepreneurs or groups of entrepreneurs (community-based enterprises), whether you are just starting out, consolidating, expanding or transferring your business to the next generation. PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest offers support, advice and financing in the form of loans or subsidies, as well as recruitment, mentorship and training services, etc. PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest can tell you all about the Grand Sud-Ouest area and its development opportunities, in addition to helping you adapt to local and regional economic development conditions.

Entrepreneurial profile

PME MTL advisors can support you in drawing up your business plan. In particular, based on the materials you have prepared, they can: Comment on certain elements and suggest improvements; Identify any elements to be improved or changed to make sure your business qualifies for possible sources of financing; Give an opinion on the feasibility of your project; Help you integrate your planned business into the local and regional economic development context (relevance, complementarity, networking); and Depending on how far along you are in planning your business and your experience, support you through the following steps. Needless to say, a PME MTL advisor can never guarantee that your business will be a success – there are too many unpredictable factors along the way. But our advisors will give you the most objective possible opinion on the measurable elements of your plan. Visit our Business plan and financial tools section.
Of course, PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest advisors will be happy to give you their opinion. Make an appointment by calling 514 765-7060 during our business hours, or write us at

Financial forecasts

Yes, at this stage PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest advisors can meet with you. Make an appointment by calling 514 765-7060 during our business hours, or write us at Visit our Business plan and financial tools section.

Market study

A social economy enterprise: serves members of the community rather than simply generating profits; includes a democratic decision-making process, allowing users and workers to participate; places greater emphasis on individuals and jobs than on capital when distributing surpluses and income.
Generally speaking, a co-operative serves its members, while an NPO serves the community. The members of a co-operative usually make regular use of its goods or services. They may be users or customers of the goods or services offered, or work in the co-operative. There are different kinds of co-operatives: workers, producers, consumers, solidarity or worker-shareholders. NPOs are more flexible and tend to have a less formal structure. See our Social economy enterprise tools.
Form a group of promoters/founders (at least 3 people) Register the NPO with the Registraire des entreprises Draw up its statutes and by-laws Hold a general assembly to found the organization, elect a board and adopt the statutes and by-laws See our Social economy enterprise tools.
The term “social entrepreneurship” doesn’t refer to the legal status of an organization but rather describes a business with a strong mission, regardless of its legal form (it may be either a social economy enterprise or a for-profit business). The concept of social entrepreneurship places the emphasis on the entrepreneur, his or her values, mission and approach and the social impact of the business, rather than being concerned (as in the case of a social economy enterprise) with the social and community distribution of profits.  See our Social entrepreneurship tools.

Location and set-up

Profil entrepreneurial

Grand Sud-Ouest

3617, rue Wellington

Montréal, Québec, H4G 1T9

514 765-7060
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