Federal Articles of Amendment

Learn how to amend your Articles of Incorporation on Ownr

Written by Jordan Casey
Updated over a week ago

It's easy to amend your Articles of Incorporation on Ownr for a federal incorporation. At this time we are not able to amend the Articles of a provincial incorporation. Provincial corporations can file the amendment directly with the provincial government using the following links: Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta. Once the amendment has been filed with the government, please reach out to the Ownr support team to update the information in your Ownr dashboard accordingly.

How To Amend the Articles of Incorporation of a Federal Corporation

It's important to note that when making any change to your Articles, you have the opportunity to make changes to the other structural elements of your corporation (items listed 1 through 5 below).

All changes to your Articles on Ownr include filings with the Government registry, requisite NUANS name search reports (if applicable), and corresponding Special Shareholders Resolution.

1. Changing the Corporation's Name

To change your corporation's name, simply click 'ORGANIZATION' in your Ownr account and then 'Edit'. You will then have the option of starting the process to amend your corporation's name.

After clicking 'Edit', you'll be asked to confirm that you would like to proceed with amending your Articles.

To change the corporation's name, click 'Edit'.

2. Changing the Minimum and Maximum Number of Directors

To change the minimum and/or maximum number of directors, follow the same steps as changing your corporation's name:

ORGANIZATION -> Company Info -> Edit

You will then be able to amend your minimum and maximum number of directors in 'Director Limits' by clicking on 'Edit'.

3. Changing the Corporation's Share Classes

To change your corporation's share classes, click 'Share Classes', then 'Edit' to start the process.

4. Changes to Issued Shares

In the event a share class is deleted or the name of a share class is changed and shares have already been issued on the original share class, then you will be asked to indicate what class of shares the existing shares will change to.

5. Restriction on Share Transfers & Other Provisions

‘Restriction on Share Transfers’ will be replaced entirely to state that any sale/transfer of shares will require approval by a majority of shareholders or directors.

‘Other Provisions’ will be replaced entirely to state the company is a “private issuer” with fewer than 50 shareholders, and any sale of shares will be to categories of persons permitted under securities laws.

Registering an Additional Trade Name or Doing Business As (DBA) Name

To register an additional trade name or DBA, please contact your provincial government. The Service Ontario website explains that you will need to complete Form 2 to register the name. On the Alberta Registry website use the form under "trade name / sole proprietorship". On the BC Registry website you will find the relevant information under “Apply for a Business Name”.

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