Articles of Incorporation

What are Articles of Incorporation?

The Articles of Incorporation is a legal document filed with a government body, either provincial, territorial or federal, which legally establishes a business within Canada. The document outlines relevant information needed to form a corporation, including the following:

  • legal name of the corporation 
  • address of the registered office of the corporation 
  • a range of the number of directors permitted (or a fixed number) 
  • names and addresses of the incorporators/founding directors 
  • restrictions, either on the business activities or the powers of the corporation 
  • classes of shares and any maximum number of shares that the corporation is authorized to issue 
  • rights, privileges, and restrictions of each class of shares 
  • restrictions on the issue, transfer of ownership of shares
  • restrictions on the borrowing powers of the directors 

Once the Articles are filed and approved, a Certificate of Incorporation will be issued, identifying the date of incorporation and the corporation number. 

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