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What are Articles of Incorporation?

What are Articles of Incorporation? 

The Articles of Incorporation are a legal document submitted to Provincial, Territorial or federal government within Canada which establishes a business within Canada. This formation of a business structure is a separate entity from the individuals who own the business. 

There are many words used to describe this document including incorporation, corporation, limited company, limited liability, LLC (this is an American terminology), Letters Patent, and Certificate of Incorporation. 

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

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Searching The History Of An Ontario Corporation

If you wish to obtain the full history of an Ontario corporation, here are the steps to take to complete the history of the corporation from the Articles of Incorporation to today’s date.

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Laura Bio Headshot

Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

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How To Get A Copy Of My Ontario Articles Of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation are the legal document that creates a limited liability business within Ontario.

Overtime, whether there are changes to the business such as directors, addresses, share structure, the original Articles of Incorporation never change. 

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Laura Bio Headshot

Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

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Cancelling Your Master Business Licence

When do people cancel their business (Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, or Tradename under an existing Corporation)?

  • Business is no longer in operations
  • Changing business to an Incorporated company
  • Wish to operate under a different business name
  • Change from Sole Proprietorship to General Partnership (the original registration should be cancelled if no longer required)
  • Change from General Partnership to Sole Proprietorship (the original registration should be cancelled if no longer required)
  • Change from Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership to Tradename under existing corporation (the original registration should be cancelled if no longer required) 

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Laura Bio Headshot

Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

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Obtaining A Certificate Of Status/Good Standing/Compliance Within Canada

This certificate is known by three different variations depending on the jurisdiction which it is ordered. Certificate of Status is the most commonly used name but both the Certificate of Good Standing and Certificate of Compliance are also named variations.  READ MORE

Laura Bio Headshot

Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.