Register a Business Name to a Corporation

Complete the application online below to register a business name to a Corporation in Ontario or, upload a completed Business Name application form by selecting option B.

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Description

Step 1 – Contact Information

To complete this application, we need the contact information of a person who will receive the registration documents and can answer any questions we may have. Please provide the full name, phone number, and email address. This information will be kept confidential and will not appear on the public record.

Step 2 – Proposed Business Name

It is your responsibility to make sure that your business name is in accordance with the requirements of the BNA and the regulations. A name that violates the BNA or the regulations may face compliance action at any time, which could lead to cancellation.

A preliminary name search will check the proposed name against existing business names, corporations and trademarks that may cause conflict.  It is not an exhaustive search and you are solely  responsible for use of the proposed name.

Step 3 – Primary Activity

The main activity that you do under the name of your business is your primary activity.
NAICS is the North American Industry Classification System. It is a system that assigns a 2 to 6 digit number code to a business based on its main activity. You can find the NAICS code for your business by following the NAICS link and choosing the code that matches your primary activity. For instance, if your business is a unisex hair salon, your NAICS code could be “812116 – unisex hair stylist shops”. The NAICS code is mandatory for filings under the Business Names Act and Limited Partnerships Act, and it will appear on the public record for those filings.

Official Email Address
You will receive business communications through the official email. We will also send the documents for this application to the official email and the contact person’s email from Section 1 of this form.

Step 4 – Address of Principal Place of Business

You need to provide the address of your main place of business in Ontario. If you don’t have one in Ontario, you need to give the address of your main place of business outside Ontario. If your address is international and you don’t have a “Region” to fill in, please use ‘Parish,’ ‘County’ or something similar in the “Region” field. This also applies to any other international address on the form.

Step 5 – Sole Proprietor

Please provide the full name and address for service of the sole proprietor.

Step 6 – Authorization

The sole proprietor or a person acting under power of attorney must authorize the registration.

A person acting under power of attorney could be an individual, corporation or registered entity (any registration with a Business Identification Number (BIN)), or an ‘other’ entity.

Individual: set out the full name and address for service in Ontario.
Corporation or Registered entity: set out the name and OCN or BIN, as applicable, and its address for service in Ontario. Also set out the full name and position of the person representing the corporation or registered entity.
Other: set out the name of the entity, address for service, and the full name and position of the individual representing the ‘other ‘entity.

Technical Specs

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The application forms are dynamic and will change depending on how you answer the questions.  Please complete all mandatory fields that are marked with an asterisk (*).  Once the application is successfully processed, the official documents and will be sent by email to the official email address provided on the form and to the contact person specified.  The company key, if applicable will only be sent to the official email address.

A (NAICS) North American Industry Classification System code is now required.  It is a 2 to 6 digit number based on the main activity of the business.  For more information and to search for your code on NAICS code visit NAICS link.

Under the BNA, a registration is effective for 5 years from the date it is accepted by the Registrar for registration. A registrant may renew a registration before it expires.  If the registrant has not filed a renewal within sixty days after it expires, the registrant must file a new registration, and will be assigned a new Business Identification Number (BIN).

 

 

Processing Time

For same day service, we ask that applications be submitted by 3:00 pm to allow for review, preparation and filing of the documents with the Ontario Business Registry.  You will be notified if same day processing times cannot be met.

Note: If the ‘Add Name Search‘ option is selected, the registration process will not proceed until the results of the search are examined and approval is given to proceed.