The Canadian economy continues to thrive, spurring businesses worldwide to expand into Canada. Regardless of the country of origin, businesses from everywhere around the globe are coming to Canada to become a part of the continually growing market.
An Extra Provincial Licence (EPL) is available to foreign corporations (outside of Canada) that wish to obtain a business presence within the Province of Ontario. This is required when a physical address is/has been established by the foreign corporation within the Ontario Jurisdiction.
You are required to obtain Extra Provincial Licence (EPL) when a physical address is/has been established by a foreign corporation within the Ontario Jurisdiction. Once the filing is completed, you may operate the Ontario corporation, open a bank account, obtain cheques, apply for HST, register trade names etc.
You are not required to have a chief officer/manager in Ontario, however you do need an Agent For Service. This individual is required to reside in Ontario and be 18 years or older or have a separate Ontario corporation.
The filing does not require the directors of the foreign corporation to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. An individual is required to be an 'Agent For Service'. This is someone who is 18+, lives in Ontario and can receive correspondence on behalf of the corporation. This Agent For Service does not have to be a Canadian citizen but absolutely must reside in Ontario.
The processing time for foreign extra provincial registrations is 10 business days. This allows us time to prepare the EPL documents for you, create the Ontario NUANS report, manually file your documents with the province of Ontario, take care of mailing/emailing and preparation of all documents, and communicate with the Provincial examiner regarding your filing, leaving you free to focus on what matters the most, running your business.
An extra-provincial licence starts at $567.28 after taxes and fees, however you can build your own package and include optional add ons such as letting OBC handle your NUANS reservation, obtaining corporate supplies, registering a domain name for a website and trade names for your business in Ontario.
An Extra-Provincial licence for a corporation has no expiry date, therefore, it is continual and does not require renewal. If changes such as an address change are required over time, a Form 2 Notice of Change is required and available through our office. This filing can take 25 business days to complete.
Foreign LLCs and LLPs can be submitted manually by calling our office directly at 1-800- 280-1913 or 1-416-599-9009 and speaking with one of our helpful agents.
Domestic Extra Provincial - Form 2 (Bring Your Existing Provincial/Federal Corp Into Ontario)