Being a registered intermediary

The registered intermediary status increases the efficiency of certain organizations that file through the Online Filing Centre. This status, which has no associated fee, is granted solely at the discretion of Corporations Canada to organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • your organization (for ex., a law firm, accounting firm or corporate service provider) regularly files with Corporations Canada on behalf of multiple corporations, and
  • your organization has an established relationship with Corporations Canada.

The granting of status of registered intermediary is temporarily suspended. There is no further information available at this time.

Services for registered intermediary

  • Pre-approved schedules: You can have your own customized provisions pre-approved and filed as "schedules" with Corporations Canada. These schedules can then be used for online Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) incorporation applications. For more information, see Pre-approval schedules services.
  • Attach documents: As a registered intermediary, you can attach documents, such as letters of authorization, to online submissions.
  • Fast-fill: To increase your online filing efficiency, you can create and store a personalized profile of filers for use in future filings.
  • Numeric name reservation: It is possible to reserve from 5 to 50 numeric names for use in CBCA incorporations, amalgamations or continuances. Note that all numeric names must end with "Canada Inc."

Corporation key required for certain transactions

When you log into the Online Filing Centre as a registered intermediary, you are required to enter the unique corporation key for each individual corporation to submit the following requests:

  • Annual return
  • View/change director information
  • Change registered office information
  • Dissolve a corporation
  • Amend articles
  • Add/change additional address
  • Register a federal corporation in a province or territory

To find out how you or your client can obtain the corporation key for a federal corporation, visit Corporation key.

Delegation and access management

When you file with a corporation key or create a federal corporation, you are automatically onboarded onto the delegation and access management tools for the corporation. This means you no longer have to use a corporation key and can continue to file everything for this corporation. Learn more about the delegation roles specifically made for RIs.

Responsibility and revocation of status

As a registered intermediary, you are responsible for your registered intermediary key and ID, and for the actions of anyone who uses it. You are also responsible for all information submitted to Corporations Canada using the ID and key, and you must ensure that the information complies with all legal requirements.

Corporations Canada reserves the right to revoke registered intermediary status at any time. Revocation will be considered in cases where:

  • there is reason to doubt the reliability of a registered intermediary
  • a complaint is received about a registered intermediary, or
  • a registered intermediary key and ID have not been used for a period of 12 months or more.