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  • Order Corporate Searches and Certificates - Obtain Certificates of Status/Compliance/Good Standing
  • Access Articles of Incorporation - Discover essential legal documents
  • Conduct Due Diligence Searches - Explore bankruptcy, PPSA, Bank Act and Litigation Searches
  • One-stop solution for Comprehensive Corporate Research - Simplify your corporate or business search process!
  • Trustworthy and Up-to-date information - Make informed decisions confidently

Corporate Search Order Form (Results Emailed Within 30 Minutes*)

*Copy of Articles are 1-10 business days
4:30pm search cut off time Monday - Friday. Orders past 4:30pm are next business day.

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If you aren't sure of the jurisdiction, select where you believe the business operates and we'll take care of the rest.

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How to Find Out Who Owns a Business in Canada

This video will identify how to search an existing Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Trade Name or Corporation to obtain details on the business.

How To Find Out Who Owns a Business in Canada >>>

Conducting a corporate or business search is simple with the help of Ontario Business Central. We offer the ability to search existing corporations and businesses across Canada for Corporate Searches, Certificates of Status/Compliance/Good Standing and copies of the original Articles of Incorporation.

What Information Is Included?

Profile Report

Corporate Search/Profile Report

Profile Reports are available for all types of businesses in the Canadian Corporation Registry by province. Search results include:

  • Current Legal Name of Business
  • Current Address of the Business
  • Directors/Owners of Business With Addresses
  • Current Status/Registration Date
  • Legal Change of Name
  • Corporate Number or Business Identification Number BIN
Certificate of Status

Certificate of Status

The Certificate of Status/Compliance/Good Standing are different wordings for the same product depending on the jurisdiction. Typically a one page certificate that verifies if a corporation is active or inactive on the date of request. This certificate is only available for incorporated companies. It includes:

  • Name of Corporation
  • Corporation Current Status

Articles of Incorporation

Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation are the original corporate documents from when the original incorporation was completed which will include the following information:

  • Copy of Articles of Incorporation Details
  • Original Incorporators and/or Directors
  • Original Corporate Share Structure for the Corporation

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Order a Corporate Search Along With PPSA, Bankruptcy or Bankact Litigation Searches.

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Steps of Ordering Corporate Searches

step 1

Ordering Page

  • Select the type of report you require
  • Optionally, enter the docket/reference information for your own records
  • Enter the business name to be searched
  • Select the jurisdiction of the business
  • Select which reports your require for this business
step 2

Order Additional Searches (Optional)

  • If you would like to add another search, click the "Next Search +/-" button
  • Repeat step 1 for each additional business you would like to search for
step 3

Payment Information

  • Review Order Details
  • Provide the credit card holders details. The credit card is not required to be from the same individual filling out the form
  • Enter the credit card details
  • Click that you are not a robot and press to complete order


That's It! We Make Corporate Searches as Easy as 1 2 3!

Corporate Search Learning Centre

Federal Corporate Search +

If you wish to search and find business details about an existing corporation or registered business in Canada, completing a corporation search will provide the necessary information. A business in Canada can register with any provincial jurisdiction as an incorporated or registered business. The federal jurisdiction does not offer registered businesses and therefore, only corporations can be searched if the business is listed as federal.

Common wording to search a business in Canada

  • Federal Company Search
  • Corporate Registry Search
  • Find a Federal Incorporation Search
  • Federal Business Registry
  • Federal Corporate Registry
  • Canadian Corporate Registry
  • Canada Company Search
  • Canadian Corporation Lookup
  • Canadian Incorporation Search
  • Corporate Search
  • Entity Report
  • Profile Report

Individuals often assume there is a federal corporate database that maintains the corporate and registered business records across Canada. This is not accurate. Each jurisdiction in Canada maintains the corporate records within their own jurisdiction where the business operates. There is not a federal business registry that holds all records.

How Do I Find a Business When I Know Where it Operates?+

If you have the legal name of the business and the jurisdiction where it operates such as Ontario, Alberta or B.C., you can select that specific jurisdiction to search the provincial records through our easy online portal. Most commonly, a business that you are dealing with resides within your province and that is where the corporate search should be conducted. If you are not sure at all, we offer another access point to check a business name called the preliminary search where you submit the business name and the database will search and try to find it. The preliminary provides very little information outside of provincial jurisdiction or federal jurisdiction of registration. Once ascertained, the corporate search can be ordered for the correct province to obtain the record of the business you are seeking.

What If I Don't Know Where a Business Operates?+

If you are not sure at all, we offer another access point to check a business name called the preliminary search where you submit the business name and instantly, the database will search and try to find that specific business entity. The preliminary provides very little information outside of provincial jurisdiction or federal jurisdiction of registration. Once ascertained, the corporate search can be ordered with the correct province to obtain the record of the business you are seeking.

Corporate Search / Corporation Search / Profile / Entity Profile+

These are the different entities you can search to obtain the corporate search information to reflect the same search request. If you wish to know the current information of a registered or incorporated business, this request will provide the most up to date information for the following:

  • Corporation
  • Incorporated Businesses
  • Registered Business
  • Business Name Registration
  • Unincorporated Businesses
  • Extra-Provincial Corporations
  • EPL
  • Not For Profit
  • Non Profit
  • NGO
  • Limited Partnership
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Proprietorship
  • General Partnership
  • Firm Name for General Partnership
  • Trade Name
  • DBA
  • Business Name Under a Corporation

If you wish to conduct a business name search across canada, we are able to easily search and provide the results to you. The corporate profiles are available for both profit and not-for-profit corporations and business registrations across Canada. When requesting a corporate search, many jurisdictions require the corporation file an Annual Return to keep their corporate records up to date yearly. This will help ensure the public record for corporations becomes more up-to-date from October 2021 moving forward.

Each jurisdiction has its own business registry system that provides the specific details to any business entity.

Corporate Search Results provides:

  • Current legal name of business
  • Current address for corporation or registered business/mailing address
  • Directors/owners of business with addresses
  • How long the business has been active
  • If the business is active, canceled or dissolved
  • Legal change of name
  • Current status
  • Corporate number or Business Identification Number BIN
  • Registration date

It's requested for a variety of reasons including:

  • Searching the legitimacy of a business
  • Obtaining and or ensuring the current directors are listed accurately
  • Searching to see if an existing business is within the same/similar industry
  • Service of legal documents
  • Searching a new business that may be in conflict with your existing business name

Professional Incorporations+

Each year, professional incorporations are required to update the status of the professional incorporation to maintain the certificate of authorization to operate as a professional incorporation.

Many Ontario professionals must provide an Entity or Profile report to their government bod each year. In some jurisdictions a Certificate of Status/Good Standing or Certificate of Compliance may be required.

The corporate search provides the same information for a professional corporation as it does for any other business incorporated or registered.

Each professional governing body has different requirements. It is best to verify with the required submission for the specific profession.

Why Obtain a Corporate Search?

The corporate search/profile or entity report offers the most comprehensive information of any business in Canada, encompassing details related to corporate/business activities, business addresses, and the current directors and officers associated with the corporation. This process serves to verify that the listed address and directors align with the profession listed with the governing body, ensuring compliance and accuracy.

Business Name Registration Searches BNR+

Ontario introduced the new Ontario Business Registry system as of October 19 2021. Any business registered or incorporated after this date including Sole Proprietorships, Firm Name for General Partnerships or Business Names For a Corporation, can request a new copy of the original filing by selecting this search. Any registered business prior to October 21, 2021 in Ontario would simply request an “Entity Profile Report” to obtain a copy of the registration information. This makes it easy to conduct an Ontario corporate registry search.

Certificate of Status / Status Certificate / Certificate of Compliance / Certificate of Good Standing+

The Certificate of Status or Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Good Standing are different wordings for the same product depending on the jurisdiction in Canada. Typically a one page certificate that verifies if a corporation is active or inactive on the date of request. This certificate is only available for incorporated companies.

This is requested for a variety of reasons including:

  • Out of Province filing of an existing Provincial/federal corporation into a new jurisdiction
  • Professional corporations maintaining compliance with their governing bodies
  • Purchase or sale of corporation to ensure it is active
  • When we receive your order we are able to provide the information requested by email the same day

Ontario Original Documents for Company+

You can request and obtain the original documents filed for a corporation or registered business under the specific parameters as listed below

  • Copy of Articles of Incorporation
  • Certified Copy of Articles of Incorporation
  • Business Name Registration (BNR) for registered businesses after October 19, 2021.

Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation are the original corporate documents from when the original incorporation was completed. In all jurisdictions across Canada you can request a copy of the Copy of Articles of Incorporations which will include the following information:

  • Copy of Articles of Incorporation details
  • Original Incorporators and or Directors
  • Original Corporate Share Structure for the Corporation

Ontario Articles of Incorporation Microfiche Order

In Ontario, the Microfiche will also display any changes to the corporation providing Articles of Amendment where the corporation may have changed it's corporate name, structure or overall directors parameters such as a minimum of one and maximum of ten directors.

Each corporation within Ontario has its own microfiche record of the Articles of Incorporation. The microfiche for any Ontario incorporation can be retrieved from the Provincial databank within 8 to 15 business days of request. The corporate microfiche not only maintains the Articles of Incorporation but also any other article filings for the corporation such as Articles of Amendment, Articles of Revival, and Articles of Dissolution. The microfiche also maintains any notices of change filed on behalf of the corporation with updates to addresses, directors, officers of the corporation prior to 1995. The Articles of Incorporation are requested mostly when the owners of the business have misplaced their original copy of the documents.

Articles of Amendment

Articles of Amendment are available as a separate request where you believe the corporations filed has changes these types of information:

  • Name of Corporation
  • Structure of Corporation (share structure such as classes of shares)
  • Minimum and Maximum number of Directors

The corporation can make any combination of these 3 types of information changes within one filing.

Business Name Registration formerly Master Business License Reprint

If a registrant has lost a copy of their Business Name Registration formerly their Master Business License from when it was originally filed, this provides a duplicate of that original registration. This is now available by ordering the "Entity Profile Report".

Secretary of State Business Searches+

If you want to search an American business to find out details of a business, how long the business has been in operation, who the owners/directors of the business, the business address and a number of other details, we can complete a search request on any business in all states with the exception of New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Ontario Business Central has performed thousands of corporate searches each year in Canada for the last 30 years. We are making the same business search available to our neighboring business in the United States.

Simply select the state where the business operates and we will complete the search and email you the results. Whether you need a secretary of state California business search, Illinois corporate search or state or Oregon business search, we have the tools and resources to search the company, look up and get the results over to you.

You can search both incorporations including LLC corporations, C corporations, S corporations and business licenses to find the details you need.

Whether you are in Canada or the US or anywhere else in the word, you can request the information with us and pay in Canadian dollars instead of US dollars. On average, the fees in Canada with the currency exchange to the US dollar can save you up to 30%.

Point in Time Report+

The new Entity Profile Report replaces this. The Point in Time report provides the details of the corporation including the head office address, directors and officers names and addresses at a specific timeframe or specific date. Often this report is requested when an individual wants to see historically who owned and operated a corporation.

Document List+

The new Profile Entity replaces the need to order this report on its own. From June 1992, a document List provided a listing of the corporate records filed on behalf of the corporation. This entity profile report now includes a listing of documents filed including all articles, any Notices of Change updating the address, directors or officers of the corporation and any notices of default provided by either the federal or Provincial governments.

Business Names List+

The new Entity Profile Report replaces this. The Business Names List provides the name and BIN number of any current Master Business License (operating names) currently held by a corporation.

Document Replica+

The Document Replica is requested to obtain a replacement copy of a current Master Business License in Ontario whether the registration is a Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership or Tradename.

BNLP Document List+

The new Entity Profile Report replaces this.The BNLP Document List provides all filings attached to a specific Master Business License including the registration, any changes, renewals or cancellations.

Business Names Report+

The new Entity Profile Report replaces this.The Business Names Report provided details of a current Master Business Licence including business address, owners, owners address, the date of registration and business activity.

Due Diligence+

Due Diligence provides additional information on the corporation or individual director. Whether the business has debts and obligations, if a bank holds any liens for a corporation and if bankruptcy has occurred.

PPSA Search+

The PPSA (Personal Property Securities Act) search allows you to search an individual or corporation for any current loans under motor vehicles, equipment, inventory or consumer goods.

Bank Act Certificate (Section 427)+

The Bank Act Certificate provides if any financial institution in Canada that has first priority on any debt owing including goods and equipment.

Official Receiver (OR Search)+

The Official Receiver is a database held by the Registrar General of Canada and maintains a database of bankruptcy filings of either an individual or a corporation. The certificate will either provide details of the bankruptcy or confirm there are no bankruptcies listed.

Bankruptcy Search (Ontario)+

The Bankruptcy Search is a manual search conducted at the local courthouse to the individual or corporation being searched. This will indicate if an individual or corporation has been petitioned into bankruptcy within Ontario.

Litigation Searches+

The Litigation Searches are available to search within the local courthouse for either an individual or corporation to see if there are litigation files listed. Litigation searches are ordered to see if an individual or corporation has had issues with previous lenders and creditors. This will provide details whether they are a plaintiff or defendant in any action.

If you have questions about the products to order, please give us a call at 1-800-280-1913 or 416-599-9009.


Other services offered by Ontario Business Central include Nuans Search and Report and Registered Business Services services and more.

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