Federal incorporation

When incorporating, you create a new legal entity called a corporation, also known as a “company.” Under Canadian law, a corporation has the same rights and obligations as a person.

Benefits of incorporating

Federal incorporation offers many benefits to your business, including

  • the right to use your name across the country
  • limited liability
  • lower corporate tax rates
  • better access to capital and grants.

Eligibility details

Any business operating in Canada can incorporate federally.

What you need before you start

Before you incorporate, read about

How much it costs

For business and not-for-profit corporations, it costs

  • $200 (online)
  • $250 (email and mail)


Other ways to apply

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