Left Right

Business Registration – Federal Corporation


Business Registration


Business Development Banks

Industry Canada

KMPG Study

UN Study


An increasing number of entities are choosing federal incorporation as their form of business organization. The enhanced name protection provided to a federal corporation, the increased recognition abroad of a federal charter and the high level of service provided by Corporations Canada staff are reasons frequently cited by corporations and their professional representatives for choosing federal incorporation under the Canada Business Corporations Act. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • How often does Corporations Canada operate?
    Corporations Canada operates during normal business hours five days a week. They can usually issue your incorporation papers within five business days, when they are delivered to their office by post.. When you file online through the Corporations Canada Online Filing Centre, they can offer same-day or next-day service.
  • How much does it cost to incorporate?
    Filing fees for articles of incorporation under the CBCA are lower when paid online than when paid through any other means. Fees are now $200 when submitted online and $250 for all other means.
  • If I incorporate federally, do I have to register or file anything with the provinces or territories?
    Yes. Whether you incorporate federally or provincially/territorially, you will likely be required to register your business in any province or territory where you carry on business. Although Industry Canada is working with provincial and territorial officials to decrease this burden, each province and territory right now has individual requirements for registering corporations from outside its borders. You should contact the local corporate law administration office in each province or territory in which you plan to carry on business to determine which obligations may be placed on your corporation.

Online Filing: Corporations Canada Online Filing Centre

Further Information: Guide Federal Incorporation

More information: Use the following contact numbers for more information about federal incorporations. These same publications and information kits can also be obtained from Corporations Canada either from their Web site or by calling 1-866-333-5556.

City Telephone Toll-free
Alberta (780) 422-7722 1-800-272-9675
British Columbia (604) 775-5525 1-800-667-2272
Manitoba (204) 984-2272 1-800-665-2019
New Brunswick (506) 444-6140 1-800-668-1010
Newfoundland (709) 772-6022 1-800-668-1010
Northwest Territories (867) 873-7958 1-800-661-0599
Nova Scotia (902) 426-8604 1-800-668-1010
Nunavut (867) 975-7860 1-877-499-5199
Ontario (416) 775-3456 1-800-567-2345
Prince Edward Island (902) 368-0771 1-800-668-1010
Quebec (514) 496-INFO 1-800-322-INFO
Saskatchewan (306) 956-2323 1-800-667-4374
Yukon Territory (867) 633-6257 1-800-661-0543