Being a registered intermediary
The registered intermediary status increases the efficiency of certain organizations that file through the Online Filing Centre. This status, which has no associated fee, is granted solely at the discretion of Corporations Canada to organizations that meet the following criteria:
- your organization (for ex., a law firm, accounting firm or corporate service provider) regularly files with Corporations Canada on behalf of multiple corporations, and
- your organization has an established relationship with Corporations Canada.
The granting of status of registered intermediary is temporarily suspended. There is no further information available at this time.
Services for registered intermediary
- Pre-approved schedules: You can have your own customized provisions pre-approved and filed as "schedules" with Corporations Canada. These schedules can then be used for online Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) incorporation applications. For more information, see Pre-approval schedules services.
- Attach documents: As a registered intermediary, you can attach documents, such as letters of authorization, to online submissions.
- Fast-fill: To increase you online filing efficiency, you can create and store a personalized profile of filers for use in future filings.
- Numeric name reservation: It is possible to reserve from 5 to 50 numeric names for use in CBCA incorporations, amalgamations or continuances. Note that all numeric names must end with "Canada Inc."
- Obtaining multiple keys: When an organization has offices in more than one geographical location, it can establish a unique registered intermediary identity for each of these offices. However, each location will have to apply separately for registered intermediary status, and, if granted, will receive a unique ID number and key.
- File through B2B: Integrate your own application to file articles of incorporation, annual return and corporate name pre-approval "business to business" to Corporations Canada. Learn more by contacting us.
Corporation keys required for certain transactions
When you log into the Online Filing Centre as a registered intermediary, you are required to enter the unique corporation key for each individual corporation to submit the following requests:
- View/change director information
- Change registered office information
- Dissolve a corporation
- Amend articles
- Add/change additional address
- Register a federal corporation in a province or territory
To find out how you or your client can obtain the corporation key for a federal corporation, visit Corporation key.
Responsibility and revocation of status
As a registered intermediary, you are responsible for your registered intermediary key and ID, and for the actions of anyone who uses it. You are also responsible for all information submitted to Corporations Canada using the ID and key, and you must ensure that the information complies with all legal requirements.
Corporations Canada reserves the right to revoke registered intermediary status at any time. Revocation will be considered in cases where:
- there is reason to doubt the reliability of a registered intermediary
- a complaint is received about a registered intermediary, or
- a registered intermediary key and ID have not been used for a period of 12 months or more.
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