Canada Corporations Regulations (C.R.C., c. 424)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-29 and last amended on 2010-03-11. Previous Versions

Certain Names Not Prohibited

 A corporate name is not prohibited only because it contains alphabetic or numeric characters, initials, punctuation marks or any combination thereof.

 A corporate name that is confusing with the name of a body corporate that has not carried on business in the two years immediately preceding the date of a request for that corporate name shall not for that reason alone be prohibited if the body corporate that has that name

  • (a) consents in writing to the use of the name; and

  • (b) undertakes in writing to dissolve forthwith or to change its name before the corporation proposing to use the name commences to use it.

 A corporate name containing a word that is the same as or similar to the distinctive element of an existing trade mark or trade name shall not for that reason alone be prohibited if

  • (a) the person who has the trade mark or trade name consents in writing to the use of the corporate name; and

  • (b) the corporate name is not confusing.

  •  (1) A corporate name that is confusing with the name of a body corporate shall not for that reason alone be prohibited if

    • (a) the request for that corporate name relates to a proposed corporation that is the successor to the business of the body corporate and the body corporate has ceased or will cease to carry on business;

    • (b) the body corporate undertakes in writing to dissolve forthwith or to change its name before the corporation proposing to use the name commences to carry on business; and

    • (c) subject to subsection (2), the corporate name sets out in numerals the year of incorporation in parentheses immediately before the word “limited”, “limitée” or the abbreviation thereof.

  • (2) A corporate name referred to in paragraph (1)(c) after two years of use may be changed to delete the reference to the year of incorporation if the corporate name so changed is not confusing.

  • SOR/78-46, s. 4.
  •  (1) When two or more corporations amalgamate, the name of the amalgamated corporations shall not be prohibited if

    • (a) it is the same as one of the amalgamating corporations;

    • (b) it is a distinctive combination of the names of the amalgamating corporations and is not otherwise confusing or prohibited; or

    • (c) it is a distinctive new name that is not confusing.

  • (2) Where a corporation acquires all or substantially all the property of an affiliated body corporate, the use by the corporation of the name of the affiliated body corporate will not be prohibited if the body corporate undertakes in writing to dissolve forthwith or to change its name before the corporation adopts the name.

PART III[Repealed, SOR/2010-61, s. 3]

 [Repealed, SOR/2010-61, s. 3]