Federal incorporation

The act of incorporating creates a new legal entity called a corporation, commonly referred to as a “company.” A corporation has the same rights and obligations under Canadian law as a natural person.

Benefits of incorporating

No matter where you choose to incorporate, incorporation offers many benefits to your business, including:

  • creation of a separate legal entity
  • limited liability
  • lower corporate tax rates
  • better access to capital and grants
  • continuous existence.

Eligibility details

Any business operating in Canada can incorporate federally.

What you need before you start

Before you incorporate, you can read about

How much it costs

For business corporations, it costs

  • $ 200 (online filing)
  • $ 250 (paper filing)

For not-for-profit corporations, it costs

  • $ 200 (online filing)
  • $ 250 (paper filing)


Other ways to apply

By mail:
Corporations Canada
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H5
By e-mail:
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