Order your NUANS Pre-Search / Preliminary Search
Order your NUANS Pre-Search

$10.00 +taxes for 1 proposed business name search

$20.00 +taxes for 3 proposed business name searches

Recommended For All Jurisdictions Across Canada

To register or incorporate anywhere in Canada

  • New registered business
  • Master Business Licence
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Partnership or General Partnership
  • Tradename
  • New Incorporation anywhere in Canada


Order your NUANS Report
Order your NUANS Report

$24.99 +taxes

Required For Incorporation in ON, AB, NB, P.E.I. or Canada

To Incorporate or to complete a name change

  • New Corporation/Change Corp name
  • Not For Profit Corporation
  • Charitable Organization
  • Extra Provincial Licence
Ontario Business Central has been a registered member of the NUANS system through Industry Canada with the Government of Canada since 1992.

Within a few clicks, you can order your NUANS report and have it emailed to you in minutes.

You can also complete a NUANS pre-search to see if your business name is available.

If you need additional information, we are also here to help you understand everything around a NUANS including:


What is a NUANS Report?

A NUANS report, also known as a name search, is a computer generated search databank used when incorporated in Canada within the jurisdictions as provided below:

  • Federal/Canada
  • Ontario
  • Alberta
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • North West Territories
  • Prince Edward Island

Within the NUANS system, the name you propose for incorporation is provided to the system and a 6 page report is generated with similar named business registrations, including Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships and General Partnerships, along with existing Corporations and Trademarks across Canada. The system is an automated name search databank and provides a listing of existing corporate and business names. It does not provide whether your proposed name is available.

An option within our NUANS report request is to complete a pre-search or preliminary search to see if the corporate or business name is available prior to completing the NUANS report.

What is a NUANS Pre-Search or Preliminary Search?

We recommend completing the Nuans pre-search or preliminary search no matter whether you are incorporating or registering a business. The NUANS pre-search or preliminary allows you to check and see if your proposed business name appears to be available against existing businesses and trademarks throughout Canada. The pre-search is an option available when you order the NUANS report with us, or you can complete a pre-search on its own without ordering the NUANS report especially in jurisdictions that do not require a NUANS report. This provides a view of the business name you wish to incorporate or register in Canada against existing small businesses, Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, General Partnerships, Trade Names, Corporations and Trademarks, all in one convenient place. The NUANS Pre-search is available in both options listed above. When the NUANS report is mandatory, as provided below, the pre-search or preliminary search saves you time and money by not ordering a NUANS report for names that would infringe on existing businesses.

When is the NUANS Report Mandatory?

The jurisdictions in Canada where the NUANS report is mandatory as part of your incorporation documents to start your business are as follows:

  • Ontario
  • Canada/Federal
  • Alberta
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • North West Territories
  • P.E.I.

When is the NUANS NOT Mandatory?

The Jurisdictions in Canada where the NUANS report is not required but where a pre-search is highly recommended are as follows:

  • British Columbia
  • Quebec
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Nunavut
  • Manitoba
  • Yukon
  • Saskatchewan


Optional NUANS pre-search available


For any new business across Canada

Why is a NUANS Pre-Search an Important Part of Starting any Business in Canada?

There are around ten million existing businesses in Canada. Whether you are starting an unincorporated business, such as a Master Business Licence, Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or General Partnership or looking at incorporating a business anywhere in Canada, checking to see if your business name is already in use by other individuals is an important element in whether you may want to proceed to use that business name or not.

Already in use – if an existing business or trademark is already using your proposed business name, you may choose to search a different business name to avoid confusion with that existing business.

Infringement – whether you are registering or incorporating, if there is an existing corporation in your same province or territory or if an existing trademark appears you may be putting yourself and your business name in the position of bringing forward litigation to force you to change your business name.

How do I Know if my Proposed Business Name is Available?

We will search the business name you wish to use and email you any similarly named results that appear within the NUANS pre-search or preliminary name search. This gives you the opportunity to view the existing businesses and to determine whether you wish to proceed with the business name. We will also highlight the existing businesses we consider to be of concern and provide you with our recommendation as to whether to proceed or not with registering or incorporating.

Which Jurisdiction do I Order the NUANS Report in?

Order the report in whichever Province you intend to incorporate within. If you are completing a Federal/Canada Incorporation, order the Canada NUANS report.

It is mandatory that you choose the report specific to where you wish to incorporate. As an example, an Ontario NUANS report is required when you are incorporating in Ontario. If you attempted to use a Canada or Federal NUANS report for Ontario, the Province will reject the report, as the NUANS would not be biased towards Ontario and the existing businesses and corporations within Ontario.

How Long Does it Take to get a NUANS Report?

The NUANS Report is completed before day end, if ordered before 3pm on any business day, and can be rushed for a 1 hour turnaround and is emailed to you as a PDF.

The Pre-search or Preliminary report can take a few hours to complete and email you.

How Long is the NUANS Report Valid?

We offer incorporation services across all of the Provinces, outside of the Maritimes, where the NUANS report is required. If you complete the Articles of Incorporation with us, we will prepare and provide the NUANS report to the government as part of the incorporation process. You can also include the NUANS report under any of our incorporation packages to make the process as simple as possible for you.

In some jurisdictions, such as Ontario, you can file the incorporation manually as well. In doing a manual filing, you would be required to provide a copy of the NUANS report with either your in person or mailed filing to the Province.

Why Choose Ontario Business Central?

For over 25 years, we have been helping Canadians to start businesses with more than 170,000 customers under our belt. We offer an easy, online experience for you to check your business name and complete a NUANS report when required. We work hard for clients and provide email results in short order to help get you on the right path of becoming an entrepreneur.

If you have questions, we are here and available to assist you.

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