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When starting new businesses or changing existing businesses, it’s important to follow the proper process for business registrations and corporate name changes.

When starting new businesses or changing existing businesses, it’s important to follow the proper process for business registrations and corporate name changes.

If you plan to change the name of your business or register a new business, there are several steps you must follow in order to successfully complete this task. Business registrations and corporate name changes follow a specific process, and it is important to be sure that you have the information and documentation you need.

When you begin the process of corporate name changes or selecting names for business registrations you will need to:

  • Search for and reserve your proposed new names
  • Pass appropriate corporate resolutions
  • File Articles of Amendment with the appropriate governmental authorities

Corporate name changes, and selecting names as part of business registrations, follow this procedure:

  1. Search and reserve new proposed names (unless changing to a numbered company)
  2. Authorize the name changes or new business names to be registered by passing appropriate corporate resolutions
  3. Prepare and file Articles of Amendment to modify the business names
  4. Advise other government agencies, clients, suppliers and other creditors of the corporate name changes
  5. Prepare new corporate seal (optional in most provinces)