Ontario Business Name Search - Searches for Information About Ontario Corporations, Sole Proprietorships and/or Partnerships
There are a variety of different types of Ontario business name searches that can be done to obtain information about Ontario businesses including corporations, sole proprietorships and partnerships. You can also do searches against public records with respect to individuals. Below is a list of the searches available with an explanation as to what information will be provided by these searches. If there is a search that you require that is not listed please feel free to contact us since we will most likely be able to assist.
If you require due diligence searches for one or more companies, in more than one province or territory, please refer to our due diligence search page for an easier shopping experience. If you require corporate searches for more than one company, in one or more provinces, please refer to our corporate search service for a faster shopping experience.
ONTARIO COMPANY - CORPORATE PROFILE REPORT (ONTARIO CORPORATION SEARCH)
This search is used when you are interested in obtain information about a company registered in Ontario including both profit and charitable corporations. The Corporate Profile Report will indicate: (a) the current name and all previous names of the company, (b) the date of incorporation/amalgamation or continuance, (c) all the names of any pre-amalgamated companies, (d) confirmation that business names have been registered (but it will not provide you with the names – see Business Names List below), (e) all of the names and addresses of all of the directors and officers of the company, (f) the registered office address, (g) and most current list of documents filed with the Ministry on behalf of the company. This search will be provided to you the same day by email if ordered prior to 5:00 p.m.
Note: You will not be able to determine ownership of an Ontario company, however, if it is a small business it is most likely that some or all of the directors and officers will also be the owners.
ONTARIO COMPANY - CORPORATE PROFILE REPORT - CERTIFIED TRUE BY GOVERNMENT
This is the exact same document as shown above except this one has a “certified true” stamp on it issued by the Ministry of Government Services. This search will be provided to you the same day by email if ordered prior to 5:00 p.m.
SEARCH FOR INFORMATION ABOUT AN ONTARIO SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP, ONTARIO PARTNERSHIP OR A BUSINESS TRADE NAME REGISTERED ON BEHALF OF AN ONTARIO COMPANY
Business Name Search Ontario - These searches will provide you with details about a sole proprietorship registration, a partnership registration or a business (trade) name registered by a company who is operating under a different name.
Ontario business names expire every five years and no notices are sent out by the Ontario government. If you order a search and the business name has expired the search will be nil. In order to avoid this contact us in advance of ordering so we can check to ensure the name is still registered and active. Just because a registration has lapsed does not necessarily mean the business is still not operating however if the registration has expired you will not be able to obtain any information about the registration.
It is important that you have the EXACT name of the business otherwise the search result will be inaccurate. If you are not sure if you have the exact name please contact us in advance of ordering. We are easily reached by email for most of the day and evening.
ONTARIO COMPANY - LIST OF BUSINESS NAMES
Although the corporate profile report (see above) will tell you a “yes” or “no” as to whether business names have been registered against a company (i.e. names that are different than the company’s official name under which the company does business), this report will provide you with a list of those names including the date of registration and the Business Identification Number. The list will be sent to you by email in the same day if ordered before 5:00 p.m.
NOTE: This list will not provide you with complete information about those business names. In order to determine the nature of business and location of the business being operated by a company under a particular business name you will need to obtain a further Ontario Business Name Search . The Business Names List will tell you the Business Identification Number which will make it easier for you to order the correct search. It is important to have either the Business Identification Number or the EXACT business name and if this is not known then a Business Names List can be obtained to ascertain this information.
ONTARIO COMPANY - BUSINESS NAME LIST - CERTIFIED TRUE BY GOVERNMENT
This is the exact same document as shown above except this one has a “certified true” stamp on it issued by the Ministry of Government Services for those who require certification.
ONTARIO COMPANY - CORPORATE DOCUMENT LIST
Provides a list of all documents filed on behalf of an Ontario company including profit and non-profit companies. Those documents would include all articles of incorporation, articles of amendment, letters patent, supplementary letters patent, notices of changes in directors. This list does not provide you with the actual documents. If you require paper copies of actual documents see Copies of Documents below. This list will be provided to you the same day by email if ordered before 5:00 p.m.
ONTARIO COMPANY - CORPORATE DOCUMENT LIST - CERTIFIED TRUE BY GOVERNMENT
This is the exact same document as shown above except this one has a “certified true” stamp on it issued by the Ministry of Government Services.
POINT IN TIME REPORT FOR AN ONTARIO COMPANY
This report sets out the directors and officers of a company on a specific date that you choose. The report is not always accurate but is the cheapest way to determine the status of a company as of a particular date. Any information prior to June 27, 1992 (when the online system became available) will not be able to be determined. If you require information prior to that date contact us and we will assist you with this. It comes in the form of a pdf and will be forwarded to you by email. If ordered before 5:00 p.m. you will receive it in the same date.
POINT IN TIME REPORT FOR AN ONTARIO COMPANY - CERTIFIED TRUE BY GOVERNMENT
This report is the exact same document as shown above except this one has a "certified true" stamp on it issued by the Ministry of Government Services. It comes in the form of a pdf and will be forwarded to you by email. If ordered before 5:00 p.m. you will receive it in the same date.
COPIES OF DOCUMENTS FILED WITH GOVERNMENT ON BEHALF OF ONTARIO COMPANIES (ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION, AMENDMENT, ARTICLES OF AMALGAMATION, ETC.)
In order to obtain copies of articles of incorporation, articles of amendment, notices of change filed (in paper form prior to 1992), letters patent, supplemental letters patent, etc. which are on file with the Ministry of Government Services you would purchase this service. It takes a week to obtain these documents. They will be provided to you by email in the form of a pdf.
ONTARIO PERSONAL PROPERTY SECURITY SEARCH FOR AN INDIVIDUAL, A COMPANY, A SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP OR A PARTNERSHIP
This search will provide you with all liens registered against any person, company, proprietorship or partnership in Ontario. The information includes the secured party and its address, details of what the registration is for (limited to what the secured party wished to provide) and the term of the lien.
CERTIFICATE OF STATUS FOR AN ONTARIO COMPANY
This service will provide you with a Certificate of Status for an Ontario company. It will confirm the company is in good standing with its corporate filings and that it has not been dissolved by the Ministry of Government Services or the Revenue Canada Agency. The certificate provides the current name, the date of incorporation and confirms that the company is in good standing. You will obtain this certificate of status the same day by email if ordered before 5:00 p.m.