How to Change the Name of a Corporation in Ontario

Deciding on corporate name changes

Originally Published: July 17, 2017

If you have an existing corporation and have decided to change the name of the corporation, the process to do this is fairly simple to complete.

What do I need to do to change the name of my corporation?

When you originally incorporated your company, you completed the Articles of Incorporation to do so. Now that you wish to change the name of your corporation, a secondary filing is required called the Articles of Amendment. This legal document allows you to change the existing name of your corporation to a new business name.

You have three options

  • Change the name of the corporation to a numbered corporation
  • Change the name of the corporation to a new name for the corporation
  • Change from a numbered corporation to a named corporation

How do I change to the numbered company?

If you currently have a named corporation and want to change to a numbered company a document filing is required with the Province of Ontario called the Articles of Amendment. This filing has to be completed manually with the Province as this is not yet available electrically.

On the first page of your current Articles of Incorporation, you will see in the top right corner a corporate number associated with your existing corporation. This is your corporate number and it has already been generated when you originally incorporated. To choose a numbered company, all you need is your corporate number, jurisdiction (Ontario) and the legal ending you would like to use for the corporate change. You may keep the same legal ending as you had with the original named corporation or if you wish you may choose an alternative. Ex: Inc./Incorporated/Ltd./Limited, Corp. or Corporation.

If you can’t find your existing number associated with your corporation, don’t worry, we can provide that number to you as part of the processing of the amendment.

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To complete the processing of changing the corporate name to your numbered corporation the following is required:

  • The manual Articles of Amendment in duplicate need to be filled in
  • A current directors original signatures are required
  • The documents must be completed with the Province of Ontario and stamped effective the date of filing.

If you are changed to a new named corporation, an Ontario biased NUANS report is required to show any conflicting business names to the proposed new name of your corporation. The above noted information is applicable as well.

If you would like us to complete the processing of changing your corporate name, here is the link to complete the amending of your corporate name.

We at Ontario Business Central Inc., have been assisting clients for 25 years to complete name changes to their corporation. If we can be of assistance, please feel free to reach out to our staff for any clarification or assistance you may require.
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Ontario Business Central Inc. is not a law firm and cannot provide a legal opinion or advice. This information is to assist you in understanding the requirements of registration within the chosen jurisdiction. It is always recommended, when you have legal or accounting questions that you speak to a qualified professional.