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Frequently asked questions > Company > Business Corporation > Is it possible to change the name (called the corporate name in the federal jurisdiction) of a business corporation?

Is it possible to change the name (called the corporate name in the federal jurisdiction) of a business corporation?

Both in Canada and in Quebec, modification of the name of the business corporation requires the adoption by the shareholders, by two-thirds of the votes, of a special resolution for that purpose. The shareholders authorize, by this resolution, a director or an officer of the business corporation to sign the articles of amendment (also called the articles of amendment in the federal jurisdiction) to be deposited with the governmental authorities. A search for name will have to be obtained and articles of amendment (also called the articles of amendment in the federal jurisdiction) will have to be filed with the Québec enterprise registrar or Corporations-Canada with the required fees.

In Quebec, the declaration required by the Quebec Business Corporations Act is attached to the articles of amendment when the modification relates to the name of the business corporation.

In Canada, the directors of a business corporation having a numbered name can amend its articles to adopt a name expressed in letters, being a corporate name.

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