DO IT YOURSELF FEDERAL INCORPORATION
Federal Incorporation can easily be done online without a lawyer.
However you may still need a provincial incorporation as well.
Get a Federal Corporate Name Search (NUANS Report) in electronic (PDF) format
- Register with the Corporations Canada Homepage.
- After you register with the Corporations Canada On-Line Filing Centre, you can file your business incorporation electronically.
- Submit your Corporate Name Proposal online.
- After your name is approved, file the Articles of Incorporation online. You will need a credit card to pay the $500 filing fee.
Provincial Incorporation filing fees are usually much less, so you may want to just register in your home province.
- After you receive your Certificate of Incorporation, you will likely still be required to register your business in any province or
territory where you carry on business.
Incorporating Your Business:
There are two types of Incorporations: Federal and Provincial.
For most small businesses, a provincial incorporation is all you need.
Business corporations may be incorporated under the Business Corporations Act by filing Articles of Incorporation together with required supporting documents and payment of the required fee. It is the responsibility of the incorporator (that is you) to ensure that your Articles of Incorporation are properly filed with the appropriate government Ministry
Not-for-profit corporations may be incorporated under the Corporations Act by filing an Application for Incorporation of a Corporation Without Share Capital, with supporting documents and payment of the required fee.
Incorporating offers certain advantages to the incorporators and their successors but at the same time it also places certain responsibilities upon them. Before proceeding with incorporation, you should give the matter serious consideration. In this regard you may wish to consult a lawyer who has experience in corporate matters.