Federal vs. Provincial Incorporation
Federal Incorporation Provincial Incorporation
Enhanced corporate name protection which is second only to Trademark Protection. The corporate name is generally reserved for use anywhere in Canada (with the exception of Quebec). Corporate name is only protected in the province or territory of incorporation.
Federal Name Granting Guidelines are very strict and many proposed names are rejected. Incorporator's responsibility to ensure that proposed corporate name is available for use. Names are not usually rejected unless they conflict with another confusingly similar name already in use.
Can operate across the country as of right, subject to provincial extra-provincial filing requirements. Can only operate within the province of incorporation as of right. Must register extra-provincially if operating in other Provinces.
Government Incorporation Fee - $200.00 plus extra-provincial fees Government Incorporation Fee - varies (Ontario - $300.00)