Federal Corporate Name Pre-Approval

  • Example: "CAPital Investment Corporation" will be approved exactly as shown and will appear on the Certificate of Incorporation as shown.


  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 256 MB.
  • Corporate Name Pre-Approval Information

    Please provide answers to all questions below to assist Corporations Canada with the name approval.

  • (i.e. the unique element of the name such as an acronym, initials, or a made up word)

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    Max. file size: 256 MB.
      For example, if you currently operate a small business using the exact name, a consent is required.
      • $ 0.00 CAD

    SKU: NUANS-Fed-Pre-App Category:


    Nuans™ Name Pre-Approval.  All Federal Corporation Names must be pre-approved by an examiner at Corporations Canada, whether it is for a new corporation, a change of name, an amalgamation, or continuance.  Although the Nuans™ report may show no potential conflicts with existing names  a report and responses to the questions below are required for the approval process.

    Nuans™ Reservation Report (Federal) A report must be provided which cannot be older than 90 calendar days.

    Do you need to provide a consent for using a Family Name, or an exist.ing identical Unincorporated Business Name? (ie. Sole Proprietorshop, General Partnership)

    Technical Specs

    A Distinctive term is the most important part of a name because it sets the name apart from other businesses offering the same products or services.

    A Descriptive term describes the nature of the business.

    Example 1
    Proposed corporate name: JASMINE’S TEA BOUTIQUE

    The distinctive term is: JASMINE’S
    The descriptive term is: TEA BOUTIQUE

    Example 2
    Proposed corporate name: QUICK RUN CONVENIENCE STORE

    The distinctive term is: QUICK RUN
    The descriptive term is: CONVENIENCE STORE

    The Legal Element
    Provincial and Federal business Corporations are required to include a legal element as part of the corporate name. The legal element is optional for not-for-profit Corporations, however, Limited or Ltd. are not permitted for not-for-profit names.

    Legal Elements: Limited, Incorporated, Corporation, LTD., INC., CORP., or the French equivalents.

    Processing Time

    Name Pre-Approval: The responses above along with the Nuans™ report is submitted to Corporations Canada and can take 24 to 48 hours to process.