Public disclosure of corporate information

Information about federal corporations is public information. This includes a corporation’s registered office address, the names and addresses of its directors, and some information about its individuals with significant control (ISCs).

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Why corporate information is public information

The corporate laws that govern federal corporations require the public disclosure of this information. This applies even after a corporation has been dissolved, amalgamated or discontinued. Corporate information is made public to help people, like investors, financial institutions and other stakeholders, make timely and informed decisions about Canadian corporations.

Some public information on a corporation, such as the registered office address, the names and addresses of directors and its governing legislation, is published on the Corporations Canada’s online database. To access the information on a specific corporation, use the Search for a federal corporation tool.

Directors’ information is corporate information

Information about directors is corporate information, and as such, is required to be made public. It is important that it be made public because this disclosure lets people know who is responsible for the corporation. Those who may want to access public corporate information include shareholders, investors or legal counsel. While a person’s home address is usually considered to be personal information, the Privacy Act allows for this information to be made available to the public because corporate laws require its disclosure.

The address directors must provide can either be

  • a residential address
  • an address for service that is not their residential address. An address for service is an address where legal documents must be accepted by the director or someone on the director’s behalf.

A director’s address cannot be a post office box.

Corporate information regarding directors must be updated within 15 days of the change being made. This can be done by an individual who is authorized by the directors to do so. It is free and easy through the Online Filing Centre (a corporation key is required). Anyone who is not authorized to update this information can either contact the corporation or contact Corporations Canada. Corporations Canada will inform the corporation of its reporting obligations.

While corporate information must be made public, other types of information collected by Corporations Canada are managed according to governmental legislation and policies.

Individuals with significant control

Information about a business corporation's individuals with significant control (ISC) provides greater transparency over who owns and controls Canadian businesses, and helps law enforcement agencies expose activities like money laundering and tax evasion, which are growing global concerns.

The following ISC information is available to the public on Corporations Canada's website via the Search for a federal corporation tool:

  • name
  • residential address or address for service if one is provided
  • date the individual became an ISC and ceased to be an ISC
  • description of the ISC's significant control.

Learn more about individuals with significant control.

Historical corporate information is still public information

Information and documents filed with Corporations Canada are not removed from the corporate records even when new information or documents are filed. This includes documents previously filed, filed for previous years or filed by mistake. Corporate laws require the public disclosure of this information. Members of the public can request copies of documents filed with Corporations Canada.

How Government manages other types of information

The Government of Canada and Industry Canada are committed to respecting the privacy rights of Canadians. Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provide information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. Info Source provides individuals and government employees (current and former) with information on how to access personal information that is held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act, and how to exercise their rights under that Act. A description of the types of personal information held by Corporations Canada, its consistent uses, as well as its retention and disposal standards, are described in Industry Canada's Info Source under Marketplace Frameworks and Regulations (see personal information bank numbers IC PPU 049 and IC PPU 050). The collection and use of personal information in relation to individuals with significant control is described in personal information bank no. IC PPU 051, which is currently pending Treasury Board of Canada approval.

Information appearing on other websites

Corporations Canada does not have any authority over the content of other websites and, as a result, cannot remove information from these sites. Concerns should be addressed directly to the organization responsible for the site.

For more information, contact Corporations Canada.