Federal Annual Return

Annual Return for a Federal Corporation

(Form – 22 Section 263 of the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA))

SKU: Filings-Fed-Annual-Return Category:


An Annual Return (Form 22) and the required fee must be submitted by corporations. The deadline for filing the Annual Return is 60 days after the corporation’s anniversary date. This date is either when the corporation was established or when it became subject to the CBCA.

REMINDER!  If you need to Add, Update or Remove a director or a directors address, you must file Changes Regarding Directors.


Step 1 – Contact Information

Provide the name, email address and phone number of the individual completing the amendment application.  The amendment documents will be sent to this email address.  This information will not be published on Corporations Canada website. public disclosure of any information that is required to be sent under the Canada Business Corporations Act is permitted under the Privacy Act.

Step 2 – Federal Corporation details

Centro Legal Works Inc. is a registered intermediary with Corporations Canada, however, in order for us to file the Annual Return we require the name of the corporation and the  Corporation Key to access the file.

Step 3 – Year of filing

Federal Corporations must file a Form 22 – Annual Return within 60 days following the corporations anniversary date.  The anniversary date is the date the corporation became a corporation under the CBCA. (incorporation date, amalgamation date, or the date the corporation continued into the CBCA)

Step 4 – Date of last annual meeting, or resolution

Indicate the date of the last annual meeting or date of the written resolution in lieu of a meeting, signed by all shareholders entitled to vote.  The resolution must deal with the following:

  • consideration of the financial statements;
  • consideration of the auditor’s report (if any);
  • appointment of the auditor (shareholders of a non-distributing corporation may resolve not to appoint an auditor); and
  • election of directors (if applicable).

Step 5 – Corporation type confirmation

private corporation that does not issue securities to the public under any provincial law is called a non-distributing corporation.
A distributing corporation is a public corporation that issues securities under provincial securities legislation.

Step 6 – Declaration

This application form may be submitted and the draft form can be signed by any individual who has the relevant knowledge of the corporation and who is authorized by the directors (subsection 262.1(2) of the CBCA).

For example:

  • a director of the corporation;
  • an officer of the corporation; or
  • an authorized agent.

Technical Specs

The confirmation of the Annual Return will be provided by email in PDF format.

Processing Time

1-3 hours – Processing times may vary depending on Corporations Canada system availability.