Instructions for completing Form 15 – Articles of Revival

Submitting a cover letter along with your completed form is now mandatory. Learn more on what information needs to be included in the cover letter.

You are providing information required by the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Note that both the CBCA and the Privacy Act may allow this information to be disclosed to the public. It will be stored in personal information bank number IC/PPU-049.

1 – Corporate name

Indicate the corporate name. The corporate name must be identical to the name of the dissolved corporation.

2 – Corporation number

Indicate the corporation number.

The corporation number must be identical to that of the dissolved corporation. The number is located on the certificate of incorporation, amalgamation or continuance. You can also find it using the Corporations Canada online database.

3 – Interest of the applicant

Choose the applicant's interest in the dissolved corporation.

According to the CBCA, the applicant must be an interested person. Examples of "interested applicants" are:

  • a shareholder (owner of the shares of the corporation, essentially the business owner or owners)
  • a director
  • an officer (President, Vice-President, CEO, etc.)
  • an employee
  • a creditor (for example, Canada Revenue Agency, Revenu Québec or a person who is owed money by the dissolved corporation as a result of a debt)
  • a trustee in bankruptcy
  • a liquidator
  • a person who has a contract with the dissolved corporation (Please note that a lawyer, accountant or other service provider mandated to revive the corporation does not fall under this category.)
  • other persons who are not within the categories above, but who have a direct connection to the corporation and have a need for the corporation to be revived (for example, executors of an individual's estate who was a shareholder or director).


A representative of the dissolved corporation, such as a lawyer or accountant, or a representative of a shareholder, director, officer, etc., cannot sign the Articles of Revival. The person signing the Articles of Revival must have a direct relationship with the dissolved corporation.

4 – Declaration of the applicant

This form must be signed by the interested applicant.

If the applicant is an individual, indicate the individual’s name, address and telephone number.

If the applicant is.a company or other incorporated body, indicate the name of the company or other incorporated body , its registered office address and its telephone number. The form must be signed by an individual authorized by that company or other incorporated body.

An electronic signature or a manual signature, where a person physically signs, is required. A typed signature will not be accepted.


A representative of the applicant, such as a lawyer or accountant, cannot sign the Articles of Revival. The person signing the articles must be the interested party and must have a direct relationship with the dissolved corporation.

Cover letter

Corporations Canada requires information about the dissolved corporation and why it needs to be revived in order to decide whether it will approve the application and issue a Certificate of Revival. The completed form must be accompanied by a cover letter and supporting documents containing the following information, or the application will be returned as incomplete:

  1. the corporation key, to prove that the applicant is authorized by the dissolved corporation to apply for revival.
    • If the corporation key is missing, the applicant must explain why they do not have it. Corporations Canada may later ask the applicant to provide another proof of authorization.
  2. the reason why the applicant wants to revive the dissolved corporation instead of creating a new corporation, and supporting documents for the situation (see examples below).
  3. the full name, phone number and email address of the person to contact for the filing fee.
    • Mailed applications can be paid by a cheque payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

Examples of reasons for a revival and supporting documents

Reason for revival Supporting documents
The corporation is operational/conducting business. Bank statements: the first 2 pages of the corporation's bank statements and one statement for each 3-month period since the date of dissolution, to prove that the corporation has continued to operate.
The corporation needs to deal with property, land and/or assets it acquired before dissolution. Proof of the corporation's ownership before and after dissolution (for example, statement from a provincial Land Registry).
The corporation is involved in a court proceeding. A copy of the notice of application filed with the court, showing the court case number, names of the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s). Please note that draft copies of proposed court cases are insufficient and will not be accepted as proof.

Nuans name search report

The completed form must be accompanied by a Nuans name search report dated no more than 90 days prior to the day that Corporations Canada receives the form. A Nuans name search report is not required if the corporation has been dissolved for less than 2 years or had a numbered name (for example, 123456 Canada Inc.).

Filing fee

See the filing fee for Form 15 – Articles of Revival. Please be advised that the fee applies only to the review of the application. There will be no refund of the fee if the application is refused.

How to submit

By email:

By mail:
Corporations Canada
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen St
Ottawa ON  K1A 0H5

You must send the revival application by email or mail. See How to file and pay for an application.

Obligations on revival

If the corporation is revived, the following information must be filed with Corporations Canada:

  • any outstanding annual returns for the 2 most current years
  • any change to the registered office information
  • any change to director information, such as name or address.

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