Search your business name to incorporate
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In Canada, a person wishing to register a corporation or a limited company must incorporate in a Province, or Federally, by filing Articles of Incorporation with either their provincial government or the federal government.
All for-profit corporation names must have a single legal ending, selected from one of the following endings:
Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island all require NUANS corporate name searches with a reservation to incorporate in their jurisdictions.
Numbered Companies and Trade Styles
Often people will incorporate a business with a numbered name, such as "1908087 Ontario Inc." or "7935978 CANADA INC." and then register a trade style as their operating name or DBA, such as "Joe's Pizza," which is only a division of the corporation. A trade style is not a separate corporation and you cannot then just add a legal ending to it, such as "Joe's Pizza Inc.," according to Ontario's Business Corporations Act:
Unauthorized use of "Limited", etc.
11. (1) No person, while not incorporated, shall trade or carry on a business or undertaking under a name in which "Limited", "Incorporated" or "Corporation" or any abbreviation thereof, or any version thereof in another language, is used. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.16, s. 11 (1).
(2) Where a corporation carries on business or identifies itself to the public by a name or style other than as provided in the articles, that name or style shall not include the word "Limited", "Incorporated" or "Corporation" or any abbreviation thereof or any version thereof in another language. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.16, s. 11 (2).
It is usually better to order a full NUANS® Corporate Name Search before incorporating, such as "Pizza Pizza Limited" did when the famous chain started their new corporation in 1976 (PIZZA PIZZA LIMITED ON-0000330523 1976Fe10.)