Upcoming changes to business corporation services

On January 15, 2020, Corporations Canada will introduce new service fees and standards for federal business and not-for-profit corporations.

At the same time, Corporations Canada will also launch a new express service for the following business corporation services:

  • online incorporations, amendments, amalgamations, continuances and letters of satisfaction
  • revivals by email or mail.

Fee changes

The following table shows only those fees that are changing under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) on January 15.

Fees for services not listed in the table remain the same.

Changes to fees — CBCA
Service Delivery method Current fee New fee
(as of January 15, 2020)
Annual return Online $20 $12
Amendment to minimum and maximum number of directors only Online $200 Free
Amendment to province of registered office address only Online $200 Free
Amalgamation
Amendment
Continuance (import)
Letter of satisfaction
Revival
Email or mail $200 $250
Arrangement Online, email or mail $200 $500
Certificate of compliance or existence Email or mail $10 $20
Cancelled certificate Email or mail Free $250
Corrected certificate Email or mail $200 $250
Copies of documents (uncertified) Online $1 per page Free
Email or mail $5 per document
Copies of documents (certified) Email or mail $35 per document $40 per document
Restated articles Email or mail $50 $100
Revocation of intent to dissolve Email or mail $50 $100

New service standards

Some service standards are also changing. The following table shows what service standards are changing under the CBCA on January 15.

Changes to service standards — CBCA
Service Delivery method Current standard
(business days)
New standard
(business days)
Annual return
Amalgamation
Amendment
Continuance (import)
Incorporation
Letter of satisfaction
Revival
Revocation of intent to dissolve
Email or mail 5 days 10 days
Certificate of compliance or existence Email or mail 1 day 10 days
Cancelled certificate
Corrected certificate
Email or mail 20 days 10 days
Copies of documents (uncertified) Online 1 day for active corporations /
6 days for inactive corporations
1 day
Email or mail 10 days
Copies of documents (certified) Email or mail 1 day for active corporations /
6 days for inactive corporations
10 days
Restated articles Email or mail 5 days 10 days
All other services Email or mail Varies 10 days

Express service

A new express service will be available for five online transactions for business corporations (incorporations, amalgamations, amendments, continuances, and letters of satisfaction) and one service by email or mail (revival).

Express costs $100 plus the regular service fee, and the service standard is 4 business hours (online) and 1 business day (by email or mail). Online requests submitted before 4:00 p.m. (ET) will be returned the same day.

Refunds

Please note that as of January 15, Corporations Canada will stop issuing refunds for withdrawn and abandoned applications under the CBCA. This means that once a complete application has been received and paid for, the service is non-refundable. If you withdraw or abandon a request before Corporations Canada issues the certificate, you will not be eligible for a refund.

More information

Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 — Regulations Amending Canada Business Corporations Act

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