Ontario Business Central Inc. has been assisting individuals to establish both not for profit and charitable organizations in Ontario since 1992. We walk you through the entire process from start to finish.
Not For Profit / Non Profit / Charitable Incorporation in Ontario
From $199.00 plus fees
Preliminary search – checking the business name you would like to use against existing businesses within the required Nuans databank.
Nuans report – this report is required when incorporating and provides a view to the government of any similar names to your proposed name
Preparation of the Articles – From the instructions you provide by filling in our easy to use online form, we complete the Articles of Incorporation for your review and acceptance
Filing of Articles with the Province – our staff hand delivers the prepared Articles, and we are available for any questions with the Provincial examiners regarding your file.
Completed Articles of Incorporation – When the Province accepts and stamps your Articles, we will scan and email these to you and mail the originals, so you may proceed to open a bank account and begin this business
Charitable organizations also are provided with forms to complete the charitable tax account with Revenue Canada.
Required Information is as Follows
Name of Corporation
Address of Corporation (a home address can be used)
Minimum of 3 directors (legal names and addresses and signature required)
Objects for the corporation (business activity) We list the already pre-approved object clauses from the Province for you to review. If the object clause fits your business objects, you simply click the applicable button. If not, don’t worry, you will have the full view of the pre-approved object clauses to use as a guide for your specific object clauses.
If you are not sure whether your business should be considered Not For Profit or Charitable, we have supplied a listing below of commonly used incorporations under each category to assist you in determining.
Examples of Common Charitable Organizations
This listing is not exclusive to the only areas available for a charitable organization, but simply samples of commonly used ones.
Services for Senior Citizens
Assistance for Sexually/Physically abused
Relief of Poverty
Programs for Physically and Mentally Disabled
Promotion of Health
Preservation of the Environment
Community Centres, Immigration Services, Literacy and Employment Training
Examples of Common Not For Profit Organizations
This listing is not exclusive to the only areas available for a Not For Profit incorporation, but simply samples of commonly used ones.
Athletic and Sports: Aquatics, athletic clubs, curling, fishing and hunting club, flying, golf, health club, hockey, riding, skating, snowmobiling, swimming, yachting, etc.
Arts: Dance, Literacy, Music, Photography, Theatre, etc.
Business/Professional Groups: Businessmen/women, employee, merchant’s association, professional association, trade association, etc.
Community: Community Association, Community Centre, Community Club, Conversation, Ethnic, Fraternity/Sorority, Historical, Home and School Association, Lobbying, Research/Scientific, Residents association, service club, social club, social service organization, women’s affairs, etc.
Choosing a Non-Profit Organization’s Name for Your Non-Profit Incorporation
The name you choose for your not for profit corporation must appear from the name to be not for profit in its wording and not be confusing with a profit corporation. The name must be distinctive and descriptive in its body and a legal ending of either Corporation, Corp., Incorporated, or Inc., may be used or no legal ending is available as options.
Poodle Fanciers Association
No legal ending
Ajax Minor Girls
Kenora Tax Payers
Youth In Need
Words that are not accepted for not for profit corporations:
Any wording that would make it appear that you are a government body is also restricted.
Words that are commonly used for not for profit corporations:
Providing the area in which the not forprofit organization will exist will provide your community and the government with an established boundary of your business.
Examples of a Charitable Corporation would be as follows:
Christian Church Food for the Hungry (No Legal Ending)
Toronto East Senior Citizens Centre
If the not for profit organization you are looking to incorporate is any type of preschool facility, home for elderly, cultural or citizenship program, educational or training program or healthcare or rehabilitation facility, you may want to contact the provincial government as you may need approval prior to incorporation.
Three (3) directors are required for a not for profit corporation. The addresses for the directors may not include postal boxes, but rural route numbers, concessions and lot numbers are acceptable.
Preliminary search on corporate name for availability
Preparation of Not for Profit documentation
Documents emailed to you for signature
Filing of Articles with the government
Correspondence with the examiner assigned your file
We are here to assist you and to make the process simple. If you have any questions or are not sure what type of business you operate, please feel free to take a quick moment and either call 1-877-306-9458 or send us a quick message to