Corporations Canada is looking at changing their fees in relation to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) as well as some other acts.  Some of the most common fees like filing the annual return will be reduced and others will be increased significantly. Some fees will be eliminated completely.  Here is the full proposal for consultation.   In general it is a fair proposal – encouraging people to move to electronic, making some most commonly done transactions cheaper and reflecting the real cost of certain other transactions.

Some of the highlights under the CNCA in terms of reductions in costs:

  • Online annual return filing (Form 4022): $20 to $12.
  • Online Articles of Amendment when only changing province and number of directors:  $200 to $0
  • Online request for copies of documents: $1 per page to $0

I am very pleasantly surprised by the change to provide online copies of documents for free.  This will remove one impediment to organizations having copies of documents.  At the moment you can view any CNCA corporation at the Corporations Canada website and order documents (it takes about 2 minutes to get the documents delivered by email) and they generally charge about $1 per page which is not much for some but probably an impediment for others.  Some like journalists will be very happy with this change.  

There will be increases in some non-electronic filing and also: 

  • currently there is no fee for exemption applications to delay an annual meeting, to give notice of annual meetings using an alternative method, and to deem the gross annual revenues of a soliciting corporation – while these are not common applications they will now come with a hefty $250 fee under the proposal. 
  • restated articles, which currently are free if done at the same time as the amendment, will now cost $100.   

Furthermore, Corporations Canada is proposing having an expedited service.   Instead of a turn around for an incorporation being one day, if you pay an extra $100, you can have it in 4 hours.  Not sure if that is really necessary as the CNCA is already so quick but I guess if people want to pay extra then they might as well charge for it.  

Here is the notice Corporations Canada sent by email:

From: CorporationsCanada (ISED/ISDE) <ic.corporationscanada.ic@canada.ca>

Sent: June 26, 2018 1:33 PM

Subject: NOTICE FROM CORPORATIONS CANADA/AVIS DE CORPORATIONS CANADA

Reminder – Public consultations on proposed service fees for the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act and the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act

Revisions to some of the fees under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA), the Canada Cooperatives Act (Coop Act) and the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) are being proposed and your comments would be appreciated.

Comments received will be treated as part of the public record unless a non-disclosure request is received. Corporations Canada's public consultations will last until July 13, 2018.

For more details on the proposed changes under each statute, as well as the proposed fees and related service standards, see the Consultation document on service fees.

Corporations Canada
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada / Government of Canada
IC.corporationscanada.IC@canada.ca / Tel: 613-941-9042 / TTY: 1-866-694-8389 / Toll-free in Canada 1-866-333-5556