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Corporation number

A corporation number is the number Corporations Canada (CC) assigns to a federal body corporate when it first comes under CC's jurisdiction; e.g., on incorporation, amalgamation or continuance. It is usually a 7-digit number.



Business Number

The Business Number (BN) is part of a unique federal government numbering system that identifies a body corporate and the accounts it maintains with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It is composed of a 9-digit registration number that identifies the body corporate and a 6-character account identifier. The BN is assigned by CRA.

Status of the companies

Status is the current legal status of the federal body corporate. It does not necessarily reflect whether a federal body corporate is operating or not. The possible statuses are:

  • Active : The federal body corporate has not been dissolved or otherwise legally terminated under its governing legislation.
  • Active – Intent to Dissolve filed : The corporation or cooperative has filed a statement that it intends to liquidate and dissolve.
  • Active – Dissolution Pending (non-compliance) : The corporation or cooperative is in the process of being dissolved by the Director for failing to comply with the requirements of the act.
  • Active – Discontinuance Pending : The federal body corporate is in the process of moving from its governing legislation to another act.
  • Inactive – Amalgamated : The corporation/cooperative no longer exists because it has merged with one or more corporations/cooperatives to form a corporation/cooperative.
  • Inactive – Discontinued : The federal body corporate is no longer governed by legislation administered by Corporations Canada. It has moved so that it is governed by another legislation, e.g., at the provincial level or in another country.
  • Dissolved : The federal body corporate’s legal existence has been terminated under its governing legislation.
  • Dissolved by the corporation : The corporation no longer exists because it voluntarily ended its existence.
  • Dissolved for non-compliance : The corporation no longer exists because the Director appointed under the act ended its legal existence for failing to comply with the requirements of the act.
  • Dissolved by court order : The corporation no longer exists because its existence was ended in accordance with an order of the court.
  • Dissolved by Corporations Canada : The corporation no longer exists because the Director appointed under the Act ended its legal existence for failure to continue into the Act within a specific period of time of the Act coming into force.
  • Dissolved – Part II of CCA : The federal body corporate’s legal existence has been terminated under its governing legislation, the Canada Corporations Act.

Type of corporation

There are three types of CBCA corporations: non-distributing corporations with 50 or more shareholders; non-distributing corporations with less than 50 shareholders; and distributing corporations. There are two types of not-for-profit corporations under the NFP Act: Soliciting and non-soliciting. There are two types of federal cooperatives: distributing cooperatives and non-distributing cooperatives. This information helps people identify which legal requirements a corporation/cooperative must adhere to.






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