Incorporation Options for New and Non-Residents

Canada is very fortunate to have new immigrants who come to Canada and wish to start or expand their businesses. Each year, the number of new immigrants coming to Canada who want to start or expand a business increases. We, at Ontario Business Central would be honoured to help you bring your ideas, dreams and innovations to the Canadian fabric through the easiest online platform available, making the process simple and seamless for you.

If you wish to incorporate without the requirement of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident as a director, simply select the British Columbia Incorporation.

British Columbia Incorporation


British Columbia Incorporation

British Columbia is one of the only jurisdictions which offers the availability of non residents of Canada to be directors, officers, and shareholders of a corporation within Canada.

Domestic Extra Provincial - Form 2 (Bring your Provincial/Federal Corp into Ontario)

Domestic Extra Provincial - Form 2 (Bring your Provincial/Federal Corp into Ontario)

The Initial Notice and Notice of Change are the same form. The difference between the two is whether it is a first time filing (Initial Notice) or subsequent filing (Notice of Change).

Foreign Extra Provincial Corporation (Existing Corp Outside of Canada)

Foreign Extra Provincial Corporation (Existing Corp Outside of Canada)

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.

British Columbia Incorporation

This is the only Provincial Incorporation where you can incorporate without requiring a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident to be a director of the corporation. As a new or non-resident to Canada, you can incorporate as the sole director and owner.

What if I Want to Incorporate in Another Province Outside of B.C.?

The only options would be to request a family member or friend who is either a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident to become a partner within the corporation as the requirement is to have at least 25% be Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. This puts a significant responsibility on both of you, as the business owner, and the person who is willing to operate the business with you.

We can assist you to incorporate within any of these Provinces or to incorporate a Federal incorporation within Canada. A physical address for the business will be required within the chosen Province.

An Existing Corporation Outside of Canada That Wants to Operate Within Ontario

If you have an existing corporation outside of Canada and you wish to set up a branch division of your corporation into the Province of Ontario within Canada, please select the Extra Provincial Licence. It does not require the directors to be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, but does require a physical address for the business in Ontario and an agent for service who resides within Ontario.

If you would like our assistance to process this licence, please click here

An Existing Corporation Inside Canada but Outside of Ontario

If you have an existing corporation in Canada and wish to set up a branch division of your corporation into Ontario, please select the Form 2 option.

The process is simple and can be completed online. The Ontario incorporated number will be provided once the Form 2 has been completed. This is not a separate incorporation from your existing corporation but an extension.

If you would like our assistance, please click here.

Ontario Business Central offers other options that are not listed on our website. If you don’t see what you would like to do, please give our office a call and discuss with one of friendly, knowledgeable staff.

1-877-306-9458 / 416-599-9009

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