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Restrictions on Corporate Names
A Government office will review your proposed name to determine if it can be registered. As per the Business Corporations Act, the use of certain words is not permitted.
Names containing the following terms are absolutely prohibited
- Air Canada
Names containing terms that may imply Crown patronage, or association, control, sponsorship or affiliation with the federal or provincial governments, their departments or agencies, are qualifiedly prohibited.
such terms are prohibited under most circumstances. A name including part
or all of the name of a federal government department or agency, without
consent in writing from the appropriate department or agency, is prohibited.
There are restrictions on suggesting a relationship with a university or a professional association.
You may not use terms in a corporate name connoting control by or affiliation with a university or professional association of accountants, architects, physicians, engineers, lawyers, surgeons or any other professional association recognized by the laws of Canada or a province without consent in writing from the appropriate body.
You may not include the terms university, academy, college, institute, school, adult education, research, applied research or a similar terms in the corporate name of an entity that appears to suggest the ability to grant post-secondary degrees. If the corporation will be authorized by the relevant federal or provincial authority to grant bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees or licences, these terms are acceptable. Your request should specifically state under which authority your corporation will grant degrees.
Obscene names are not acceptable.
A name may not contain a word or phrase that is obscene or connotes a business that is obscene or immoral.
You should take great care when selecting a name. Unique name will help with quick registration and will make your business stand out among thousands of other businesses.
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