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Cost and time required to register, change or search for a business name, corporation or not-for-profit

How much it costs and how long it takes to file documents and order search products online, email or by mail.

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  1. Overview
  2. Accepted methods of payment
  3. File online with service providers
  4. Our service standards and fees
  5. Applicable acts and regulations
  6. Contact us

Overview

To make sure our records are up-to-date and people can find what they need, businesses, not-for-profit corporations and people looking to register a business name must submit documents to us when they:

  • incorporate in Ontario
  • create or register types of businesses other than corporations
  • change information relating to their business or not-for-profit
  • incorporate in another jurisdiction but want to operate in Ontario

Depending on which documents you’re filing or search products you’re ordering, there are different service delivery options, processing times (which are subject to change) and fees you must pay.

Accepted methods of payment

Online

You can pay online by Debit, Visa or Mastercard.

By mail

You can only pay with a cheque or personal cheque made out to the Minister of Finance. Personal cheques must be pre-printed with a name and address by the bank.

We will charge you an extra $35.00 if your cheque is returned due to insufficient funds.

  • You can submit your completed documents by mail:
  • Central Production and Verification Services Branch
  • 393 University Avenue
  • Suite 200
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • M5G 2M2

By email

You can only pay by credit card.  For your security and protection, credit card information cannot be provided by email. You must provide a daytime contact phone number as part of your cover letter. After your email is received, we will contact you by telephone at the number set out in the cover letter to collect credit card information (e.g. cardholder name, number, CVV, expiry date, etc.) and payment will be processed at that time.

File online with service providers

You can file online with the following service providers who are under contract with us:

Each service provider will charge a fee for their services in addition to the standard government fees. Contact them directly to learn more.

Our service standards and fees

These charts only display the government fees. Please contact the service providers directly for information about their charges for the online service they provide.

Business Corporations Act: service times and fees

Dissolutions, Revivals and Authorization to Continue in Another Jurisdiction require consent from the Ministry of Finance (MOF).  MOF will provide its consent electronically to us within 30 business days of receipt from the Ontario Business Registry system.  We will process filings upon receipt from customers or from MOF (if applicable) within the service standards set out below.

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail.

ServiceOnline with the MinistryMail*Email
IncorporationImmediate – $30015 business days – $3007 business days – $300
AmalgamationImmediate – $33015 business days – $3307 business days – $330
AmendmentImmediate – $15015 business days – $1507 business days – $150
Restated ArticlesImmediate – $15015 business days – $1507 business days – $150
Dissolution2 business days – $2515 business days – $257 business days – $25
Winding-Up (first filing) (if voluntary)Immediate – $2515 business days – $257 business days – $25
Winding-Up (second) (if voluntary)Immediate – $25 15 business days – $257 business days – $25
Winding-up (court ordered)
(first filing)
2 business days – $2515 business days – $257 business days – $25
Winding-up (court ordered)
(second filing)
2 business days – $2515 business days – $257 business days – $25
Continuation in Ontario2 business days – $33015 business days – $3307 business days – $330
Authorization to continue in another jurisdiction2 business days – $33015 business days – $3307 business days – $330
Revival2 business days – $33015 business days – $3307 business days – $330
Reorganization2 business days – $15015 business days – $1507 business days – $150
Arrangement2 business days – $33015 business days – $3307 business days – $330
Corrected Certificate2 – 3 weeks – $5004-6 weeks – $5004-6 weeks – $500

Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010: service times and fees

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail.

Servicenline with the MinistryMailEmail*
Incorporation5 business days  – $15515 business days – $1557 business days – $155
Amalgamation5 business days – $15515 business days – $1557 business days – $155
Amendment5 business days – $13015 business days – $1307 business days – $130
Restated Articles5 business days – $13015 business days – $1307 business days – $155
Dissolution5 business days – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0
Winding-Up (first filing) (if voluntary)5 business days – $2515 business days – $257 business days – $25
Winding-Up (second filing) (if voluntary)5 business days  – $25 15 business days – $257 business days – $25
Winding-up (court ordered)
(first filing)
5 business days  – $25 15 business days – $257 business days – $25
Winding-up (court ordered)
(second filing)
5 business days  – $25 15 business days – $257 business days – $25
Continuation in Ontario5 business days – $15515 business days – $1557 business days – $155
Authorization to continue out5 business days – $15515 business days – $1557 business days – $155
Revival5 business days – $10015 business days – $1307 business days – $130
Reorganization5 business days – $13015 business days – $1507 business days – $150
Arrangement5 business days – $15515 business days – $1557 business days – $155
Corrected Certificate2 – 3 weeks – $5004-6 weeks – $5004-6 weeks – $500

Co-operative Corporations Act: service times and fees

ServiceOnline with the MinistryMailEmail
Incorporation with sharenot available35 business days – $33535 business days – $335
Incorporation without sharenot available35 business days – $15535 business days – $155
Incorporation without share (if not-for-profit organization)not available35 business days – $15535 business days – $155
Amalgamationnot available35 business days – $035 business days – $0
Amendmentnot available35 business days – $10035 business days – $100
Amendment (converting) to a Not-for-Profit Corporations Act 2010not available35 business days – $10035 business days – $100
Amendment to convert to a Business Corporations Act corporationnot available35 business days – $20035 business days – $200
Restated Articles with or without sharenot available35 business days – $10035 business days – $100
Dissolutionnot available35 business days – $035 business days – $0
Continuation from another jurisdictionnot available35 business days – $20035 business days – $200
Transfer out of Ontario not available35 business days – $20035 business days – $200
Revivalnot available35 business days – $20035 business days – $200

Corporations Act: service times and fees

ServiceOnline with the MinistryMailEmail
Incorporation of a companynot available35 business days – $31535 business days – $315
Letters Patent of Amalgamationnot available35 business days – $15535 business days – $155
Supplementary Letters Patentnot available35 business days – $13035 business days – $130
Surrender of Charternot available35 business days – $035 business days – $0
Revival of Letters Patentnot available15 business days – $3157 business days – $315
Corrected Letters Patent or Corrected Supplementary Letters Patentnot available4-6 weeks – $3154-6 weeks – $315

Extra-Provincial Corporations Act: foreign corporation service times and fees

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail.

ServiceOnline with the MinistryMailEmail
Extra-Provincial Licence5 business days – $33010 business days – $3307 business days – $330
Amended Extra-Provincial Licence5 business days – $15010 business days – $1507 business days – $150
Termination of Extra-Provincial LicenceImmediate – $010 business days – $07 business days – $0
Corrected Extra-Provincial Licence2 – 3 weeks – $3304-6 weeks – $3304-6 weeks – $330 

Corporations Information Act: service times and fees

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail.

ServiceOnline with the MinistryMail*Email
Initial Return/Notice of Change (Ontario Corporation) Immediate – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0
Initial Return/Notice of Change (Extra-Provincial Corporation)2 business days – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0
CIA Annual Return (Ontario Corporation)Immediate – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0
CIA Annual Return (Extra-Provincial Foreign Corporation)Immediate – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0

Business Names Act: registration and filing service times and fees

Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership and Business Name for Corporations or Partnership: registration and filing service times and fees

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail.

ServiceOnline with the MinistryMail*Email
New RegistrationImmediate – $6015 business days -$607 business days – $60
RenewalImmediate – $6015 business days – $607 business days – $60
Amendment or CancellationImmediate – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0

Partnership/Limited Liability Partnership, Extra-Provincial Limited Liability Partnership/Limited Liability Company: registration and filing service times and fees

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail.

ServiceOnline with MinistryMail*Email
New RegistrationImmediate – $6015 business days -$607 business days – $60
RenewalImmediate – $6015 business days – $607 business days – $60
Amendment or CancellationImmediate – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0

Limited Partnerships Act: registration and filing service times and fees

Declaration

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail.

Service Online with the MinistryMail*Email
New filing or renewalImmediate – $21015 business days – $2107 business days – $210
Late renewalImmediate – $36015 business days – $3607 business days – $360
ChangeImmediate – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0
DissolutionImmediate – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0
WithdrawalImmediate – $015 business days – $07 business days – $0

As of November 1, 2018, ServiceOntario no longer provides microfiche. All documents on the requested microfiche will be provided to customers in a PDF document via email.

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail

ServiceOnline with the MinistryMail*Email
Profile ReportImmediate – $85 business days – $83 business days – $8
Certificate of StatusImmediate – $265 business days – $263 business days – $26
Certificate of Status (Co-op)Not available5 business days – $255 business days – $25
Certificate of No MatchImmediate – $265 business days – $263 business days – $26
Document copyImmediate (if document filed on or after October 19, 2021 or if “Archived Document Package” is available) – $3 per document

5 business days if conversion of microfiche is required – $3 per document 
5 business days – $3 per document5 business days – $3 per document
TC/RC paper files (old files not kept on site)Not available4 – 6 weeks – $254 – 6 weeks – $25

Business Name, Limited Partnership (BNLP): search products service times and fees

*Submission by email is available for qualified intermediaries.  Please refer to Notice – Filing Methods and Requirements for more detail.

ServiceOnline with the MinistryMail*Email
Profile ReportImmediate – $85 business days – $83 business days – $8
Document CopyImmediate – $3 per document5 business days – $3 per document3 business days – $3 per document
Certificate of No MatchImmediate – $265 business days – $263 business days -$26

Applicable acts and regulations

The requirements for different types of businesses, including business corporations, not-for-profit corporations and unincorporated businesses operating under business names, are set out in the following acts:

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the ServiceOntario Contact Centre, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at:

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