I recently received this note from the Ontario Government when I signed up for a mailing list relating to the new Ontario Business Registry (OBR) which will replace the ONBIS.   The OBR will be launched at the same time as ONCA and I have discussed my concerns around the transparency provided by the OBR here.      Here is the note from the Ontario Government:

The Ontario government is preparing to launch a new Ontario Business Registry that will offer simpler, faster and better solutions to businesses, including not-for-profit corporations, across the province.

The new Ontario Business Registry will:

  • Make it easier to register and maintain businesses, as well as comply with government filing requirements through a streamlined digital channel available 24/7.
  • Provide convenient alternatives to time-consuming paper-based processes, and immediate fulfillment of many products and services.
  • Reduce burden and costs for Ontario businesses through streamlined fees, free searches and consolidated search products.

Features included in the Ontario Business Registry:

  • 24/7 service availability with online access to more than 90 services.
  • Instant fulfillment with documents and transaction receipts emailed right to you.
  • Validation features to help users move along securely and error-free.
  • Pre-populated provisions for faster incorporation of businesses that aren’t publicly traded.
  • Automatic email reminders to keep track of upcoming filings.
  • Enhanced search functions that allow free online searches and consolidated search products, which eliminate the need for multiple documents.
  • Simplified incorporation and maintenance of not-for-profit corporations online through the proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010.
  • Scannable QR codes allow for real-time verification of businesses.
  • Continued integration with Service Providers, Dye & Durham and ESC Corporate Services Ltd. to support business continuity.

We will continue to provide updates on the registry as available.