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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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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