Ontario Business Registry
The Ontario Business Registry allows businesses and not-for-profit corporations to complete over 90 transactions online, including registering, incorporating, and updating their information.
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Online government services are critical, not only to individual citizens, but also to businesses and not-for-profit corporations of all sizes.
To serve Ontario better, we have launched the Ontario Business Registry, which offers simpler, faster, and more convenient access for organizations that are registered, incorporated, or licensed to carry on business in Ontario.
This online registry is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and makes it easy to interact with the government. Businesses and not-for-profit corporations can complete a wide range of transactions through the online registry, including registering a new business and dissolving an existing one.
Note: We have recently updated how you access your ServiceOntario Account by replacing ONe-Key ID with My Ontario Account.
Is your company information up-to-date?
It is the responsibility of the corporation or other entity to keep their information on the public record and beneficial ownership information accurate and up-to-date. Find out more and update your information now.
Please note that all information filed on the Ontario Business Registry, such as registered office or other address information, will be placed on the public record and publicly available for searches under the business statutes. Administrative information such as contact information for the filing and the official email address is not shown on the public record.
Access the registry
The Ontario Business Registry offers a number of different services online. Here is the list of our top services:
- Register your business or not-for-profit corporation online
- Search for a business or not-for-profit corporation
- Find out how to complete a free search of the Ontario Business Registry
- Access your existing business or not-for-profit corporation
Register your business or not-for-profit corporation online
To create a new business entity or not-for-profit corporation, learn more about registering your business online.
Search for an entity
Anyone can do a free search of the Ontario Business Registry to get basic information about a business or not-for-profit organization.
To get more detailed information about an entity (such as a detailed profile report), you can order a search product directly through the ministry or by using one of the government’s authorized service providers.
If you have an existing ServiceOntario account, you can order a search product for your own entity by signing into My Ontario Account and selecting “search products” in the drop-down list from your entity’s profile.
Access your existing corporation or other entity
If your corporation or other entity was registered or incorporated before the launch of the Ontario Business Registry on October 19th, the information has been migrated from the old system and it has a profile in the registry.
To access a corporation or other entity profile, make filing under business statutes you will need its company key. A company key is similar to the Personal Identification Number (PIN) you use at the bank or to access other online accounts or services.
Step 1. Get your company key
You will need a company key to access the Ontario Business Registry. The company key will be emailed to the official email address on file. If an email address is not on file, the company key will be mailed to the registered or head office address or principal place of business address on record. If the business address has changed from what is on record, you will need to answer additional questions to have a company key emailed to you.
Step 2. Log in to My Ontario Account
Once you have your company key, you can sign in with your My Ontario Account and create a ServiceOntario Account.
If you currently access your ServiceOntario Account using ONe-Key, you will need to migrate your account over to a My Ontario Account by following these steps:
- Create a My Ontario Account and select “yes” when prompted about migration.
- Once you create a My Ontario Account, you will be able to access your existing ServiceOntario Account to access the OBR.
A My Ontario Account is a unique electronic credential that provides you with secure access to government services. With it, you can easily create your personal ServiceOntario Account, which gives you access to various provincial services, including the OBR.
Step 3. Create your ServiceOntario Account
Once you have signed-up for your My Ontario Account, you will be asked to create your ServiceOntario Account.
You can now link your business to your ServiceOntario Account using your company key. Once completed, your business will be listed on your ServiceOntario Account and you can access the OBR from this page.
Notices of filing requirements
If you are incorporating a business or not-for-profit, registering a business name, partnership or extra-provincial company, or wish to make changes or dissolve an existing entity, you can get ready to file by using these guides: Notices of filing requirements.
These notices will tell you what information you need and how you can file under all eight business law statutes:
- Business Corporations Act
- Business Names Act
- Co-operative Corporations Act
- Corporations Act
- Corporations Information Act
- Extra-Provincial Corporations Act
- Limited Partnerships Act, and
- Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
Get help accessing registry services
You can hire an intermediary if you need additional help or prefer to have someone else file transactions in the OBR for your business. An intermediary is a business or individual that can complete transactions in the OBR on your behalf. These types of intermediaries could include:
- legal professionals
- members of Ontario Association of Professional Searchers of Records
- fee-exempt broader public sector
- service delivery partners
Ontario Business Registry Partner Portal
The Partner Portal allows intermediaries to make online transactions in the OBR on behalf of their business clients.
All intermediaries who have set up an account in Partner Portal are eligible to be included in a list of intermediaries available to business owners looking for help with OBR services.
Co-operative corporations have profiles in the Ontario Business Registry and may file their Corporations Information Act notices and returns directly in the registry.
For more information, on starting or amending the articles of a co-operative, see Notice: Co-operative Corporations Act.
At this time, while co-operative corporations do have profiles in the Ontario Business Registry, these types of corporations cannot transact in the registry. For more information, contact us.
You can file your annual return directly in the Ontario Business Registry.
On May 15, 2021, the Canada Revenue Agency stopped accepting corporations’ annual returns on behalf of the Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery (MPBSD).
From May 15, 2021 through October 18, 2021, corporations whose annual returns were due during that period we exempt, meaning these corporations did not have to file an annual return for 2021.
Corporations who have an annual return due after October 18, 2021 must file their annual returns, which they can now do directly in the registry.
To file your corporation’s annual return, go to the corporation’s registry profile and select the “Make Changes” drop-down list. On that drop-down list, you will find the option to file an annual return.
It is the responsibility of the corporation or other entity to keep their information on the public record and beneficial ownership information accurate and up-to-date.
Update your company information
Changes to information can be made by filing a Notice of Change:
- directly with the government online for free:
- a company key is required:
- find a list of accepted firms
- by mail for free:
- Business and Personal Property Branch
393 University Avenue
- Note: a company key is required:
- Business and Personal Property Branch
To update information for an existing business or not-for-profit corporation, please use the Company Key Request Form for a secure company key that will provide you the access you need.
Beneficial Ownership Information
As of January 1, 2023, corporations are required to keep their beneficial ownership information on file and provide such information upon request by law enforcement, and regulatory and tax authorities. This document must be reviewed at least once a year.
Information on the Public Record
All information filed on the Ontario Business Registry, such as registered office or other address information, will be placed on the public record and publicly available for searches under the business statutes. Administrative information such as contact information for the filing and the official email address is not shown on the public record.
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Contact us by email if you have questions about signing up for the Ontario Business Registry. Alternatively, you can call ServiceOntario at: