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A corporation is a business structure that establishes the business to be a separate entity from its owner(s).  The assets, income, debts, all liabilities of the business, belong to the corporation not to the owner(s).  The act of creating a corporation is called “incorporating”. 

 

Provincial Incorporation

Costs (Articles of Incorporation Filing):
$360 when done through the Ministry of Government Services (MGS)
375 University Avenue, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON

Note: NUANS report must be done separately 

$373.45 when filing for a numbered corporation at Enterprise Toronto 

$448.43 when filing a named corporation (including articles of incorporation and NUANS report) at Enterprise Toronto
 
Name Search (NUANS name search)
$74.98 when done at Enterprise Toronto
 
Annual Filing Fee
None
 
Name Protection
Name is screened at provincial level. Name is better protected by the act of registration but, trade marking is the best way to protect a name or logo.
 
Operating within Canada
Extra-provincial registration is needed if operating in any other province besides where the corporation was registered.

Extra-Provincial Corporations Act R.S.O. Chapter E.27
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/cs04578.html  
 
Contact Information
Ministry of Government Services (MGS)
Suite 200, 375 University Ave., 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON  M5G 2M2
Tel: 416-314-8880
https://goo.gl/ZhvqcY
 
Governing Act
Ontario Business Corporations Act
R.S.O. 1990, Ch. B. 16
http://goo.gl/4CqmkK
 
 

Federal Incorporation

 Costs (Articles of Incorporation Filing) Name Search (NUANS name search) Name Protection
Name is screened across Canada.

While the name is protected by the act of registration; trade marking is ideally the best way to protect a name or logo.
 
Operating within Canada
Extra-provincial registration is needed if operating in any other province besides where the corporation was registered.
 
Contact Information
http://corporationscanada.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/home
1-866-333-5556
 
Governing Act
Canada Business Corporation Act
RS.C. 1985, c.C-44
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-44/
 
 
Please note: in Canada, a single individual may be the only director, the only shareholder and the only officer of a corporation.
 
The corporation taxes for small business are the income tax and the capital tax.  The administration of the Ontario Corporation Income Tax Return is done by CRA. “Any incorporated business, including those incorporated inside and outside Canada that maintain a permanent establishment in Ontario are liable for Ontario corporate taxes.  For further details, please check: http://goo.gl/wy5iM5
 
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