Business corporations

Everything you need to create and operate a business corporation. Read on or incorporate now.

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Incorporate your business

Benefits of incorporating

Find out the advantages of being federally incorporated.

How to incorporate a business

Discover the 4 steps to incorporate your business federally.

Name a corporation

There are important things to keep in mind when naming your federal corporation. Consult this guide to learn more.

Steps after submitting your application

Learn about our application process and what you can do after your filling.

Next steps following incorporation

I'm already incorporated. What else do I need to know?

Register a federal corporation in a province or territory

Federally incorporated businesses must also be registered in a province or territory.

Find out more about our services, fees and processing times.

Maintain your business

Keep your corporation in good shape

Update these 5 simple things to keep your incorporation status.

Annual return

Every corporation must file an annual return with Corporations Canada every year.

Individuals with significant control

Update your corporation's register of individuals with significant control today!

Directors and officers

Know the duties and responsibilities of your corporation's directors and officers.

Corporate records and other obligations

Find out about your corporate records and corporate obligations.

Share structure and shareholders

Learn more about the classes of shares, and rights and responsibilities of shareholders.

Diversity of boards of directors and senior management

Disclose diversity information about your federal distributing corporation.

Public disclosure of corporate information

Learn why your corporate information is public information.

  • Make changes to your business

Change the structure or nature of the corporation

All you need to know to make changes to a corporation's structure or nature.

Correct articles or certificates

Find out how to apply to correct articles or a certificate issued under the Canada Business Corporations Act.

Amalgamate business corporations

A guide on how to merge 2 or more business corporations and carry on as one.

Close your business

Dissolve a business corporation

Learn about dissolution, which is the legal termination of a corporation's existence.

Guide on dissolving a business corporation

Follow these steps to prepare a request to dissolve a corporation.

Related information


Links to guides, forms, policies, models and legislation.

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