Start a Corporation

SET UP A NEW CORPORATION

SET UP A NEW CORPORATION

Fast. Easy. Affordable.
& Done Right.

Fast. Easy. Affordable.
& Done Right.

  • Work Directly with a Business Lawyer
  • Get Personalized Service & Advice on Structuring Your Company
  • All Government Filings & Minute Book Documents Included
  • Efficient Process by Phone/Email or in Person
  • Your Corporation can be Set Up in 1 Day
  • All for the Same Price as a Do-it-Yourself Online Service
  • Work Directly with a Lawyer
  • Get Personalized Service & Advice
  • All Gov. Filings & Minute Book Docs
  • Efficient Process by Phone/Email
  • Your Corporation can be Set Up in 1 Day
  • All for the Same Price as a Do-it-Yourself Online Service

Matthew Ordower, Lawyer
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“We’ve helped many people start corporations in Ontario. If you have questions or need advice, feel free to call or email us. We offer a free 30 minute consultation.”

Matthew Ordower, Lawyer
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1 Shareholder*
$499 Federal
$599 Ontario

2+ Shareholders*
$599 Federal
$699 Ontario

*SPECIAL PRICING FOR NEW CLIENTS

All Inclusive Packages

  • Electronic Minute Book
  • Articles & Certificate of Incorporation
  • Corporate By-Laws
  • Director & Shareholder Resolutions
  • Share Subscription & Share Certificates
  • Registers & Ledgers
  • Electronic Minute Book
  • Articles & Certificate of Incorporation
  • Corporate By-Laws
  • Director & Shareholder Resolutions
  • Share Subscription & Share Certificates
  • Registers & Ledgers
  • Government Filing Fee
  • 3rd Party Fees Disbursements
  • Corporate Name Searches (Pre-Nuans & Nuans)
  • Business Number/Tax Accounts from CRA
  • Form 1 or Form 2 Initial Returns
  • Legal Advice and Consultation
  • Government Filing Fee
  • 3rd Party Fees Disbursements
  • Corporate Name Searches (Pre-Nuans & Nuans)
  • Business Number/Tax Accounts from CRA
  • Form 1 or Form 2 Initial Returns
  • Legal Advice and Consultation
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Electronic Minute Book All our incorporations come with an electronic minute book that takes the form of a PDF binder file with a table of contents that is sent to you by email.

Physical Minute Book We can also send you a physical minute book binder by courier at an extra charge of $85 + HST.

Government Filing Fee The government fee for Federal Canadian Corporation is $100 less than an Ontario corporation and we pass this cost savings on to you.

Numbered Companies The package price for numbered companies is reduced by $35 + HST, as it does not require a NUANS name search report.

Business Number and Tax Accounts Your business number will be automatically assigned by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) upon incorporation and you can then easily obtain an HST number, Payroll number or Import/Export number as needed. These accounts are free.

Corporate Seal We do not include a corporate seal as part of our standard package as it is not required by law. However, we can order a corporate seal for you upon request at an extra charge of $100 + HST.

Advice & Consultation We will answer your questions and provide advice throughout the process. We can discuss the differences between federal and provincial incorporations, provide advice on organizing your company and share structure. We will also discuss opening a bank account, getting a business number, tax benefits and limited liability.

Taxes All prices are subject to applicable HST.


SOME FAQ’S ABOUT INCORPORATION

What’s the difference between an Ontario company and a federal company?

You can think of it as two levels of government that do the same thing. The federal government incorporates companies through Corporations Canada and the Ontario government incorporates companies through the Ministry of Government Services.

There are a few differences to consider:

(1) name protection – you may get more name protection across Canada with a federal company. Keep in mind if you’re really concerned about your brand, you should look into a trademark (which can be done with a federal or provincial company).

(2) extra provincial registration – if you need to register as an extra provincial corporation in another province, it may be easier to effect the registration if you’re starting off with a federal company.

(3) portability – if you may be moving out of Ontario, we sometimes recommend a federal company because it’s more easily “transportable” – meaning that you just change the registered office address and file the extra provincial registration in the province where you’ll be moving.

That being said, 80% of our companies are Ontario companies, they’re quicker and easier to do.

Why is an Ontario company more expensive than a federal company?

The government filing fee for an Ontario company is $100 more than for a federal company. We pass this savings on to you. However, you shouldn’t let that cost difference govern your decision. Keep in mind that, unlike an Ontario corporation, there’s an additional annual filing for a federal corporation (called an annual return) which is separate and apart from your tax return and there is a $20 cost to file the return. This annual filing offsets the initial cost savings over time.

What are the tax advantages of incorporating?

We usually talk to clients about two main tax advantages:

(1) the small business deduction – this effectively lowers your corporate tax rate to about 15.5% on the first $500,000 that your company makes each year. It’s available on your active business income only (not income from passive investments) and is available to Canadian Controlled Private Companies (referred to as CCPC’s). Keep in mind that this is a deferral only meaning that once you pull money out of your company it becomes your personal income and is taxed at the marginal tax rates on your T1 return. To the extent that you can leave the earnings in the company, the deferral “lives” and you can use the additional money to grow and invest in your business.

(2) the lifetime capital gains exemption – if you sell your shares down the road, you may be able to take approx. $800,000 off the table tax free. The exemption is available for qualifying small business corporation shares and there are a few criteria you’ll need to meet.

There may be other tax benefits and you can always consult an accountant. If you need a referral to an accountant in your area, just let us know.

What does limited liability mean?

At law, a corporation is considered a separate legal person and can enter into contracts, borrow money and own property. As the theory goes, if your corporation is a party to a contract, the corporation alone should be liable for a breach of that contract. Or, if your corporation borrows money, it alone should be responsible to repay the loan. So, the concept of limited liability means that you personally are separate from your company and are not generally responsible for its debts, obligations or liabilities.

Limited liability is a general rule and there are definitely exceptions in the real world. For example, if your company borrows money from a bank, the financial institution usually requires that you personally guarantee repayment of the loan. Or, if your company wants to lease commercial space, the landlord may ask that you personally guarantee payment of the rent. There are ways to minimize personal guarantees, but it’s important to be aware that the limited liability protection of a corporation is not absolute.

You should also be aware that directors of a company have personal responsibility for certain debts and liabilities of the company. Specifically, if your company owes money for taxes or employee deductions to the government, you as a director can be held personally liable for these amounts.

What is the difference between shareholders, directors and officers?

Shareholders own the company (receive dividends or build equity if things go well), the shareholders elect the directors to manage the business and affairs of the company (the people who sit around the board room table discussing the bigger picture), and the directors in turn appoint officers to run the day to day business (the people on the street carrying out the marching orders). In smaller privately held companies (the one that you’ll first incorporate), the same person can wear all 3 hats.  So, when you’re first starting up, you could be the sole director, officer and shareholder.

What is the difference between Inc, Ltd and Corp?

From a legal perspective in Ontario, there is no difference. They all take you to the same place –– an incorporated company. You’re allowed to choose your legal ending which basically involves 6 choices (Inc. or incorporated), (Ltd. or Limited) or (Corp. or Corporation). FYI – Inc. seems to be the most popular nowadays.

How long does it take to incorporate?

For Ontario corporations, the entire process can be completed within 2-3 business hours. That’s because the incorporation documents are filed automatically. For federal corporations, the process takes a bit longer. The reason is that the application goes in front of an examiner who will review the application and in particular the NUANS name search to make sure there are no conflicting names out there. Assuming there are no issues with your chosen name, federal companies are usually completed in a day or two.

  • review rating 5  Matthew and Jana went the extra mile for us - we incorporated federally very quickly. Pain free navigation through the whole process and a specially worded indemnity agreement which suits us down to the ground - all very good value for money. I wholeheartedly recommend them!

    thumb Adrian Bowker
    6/26/2018
  • review rating 5  The assistance I received in setting up my corporation through Ordower Law was impeccable. I was a bit intimidated to make the initial call but I'm glad I did. From the introductory call to the delivery of my articles of incorporation, Both Matthew and Jana delivered on what they promised which was a smooth, efficient and relatively quick setup of my corporation.

    thumb Wealth ND Inc.
    9/11/2018
  • review rating 5  Mr. Ordower was professional and fair. Sarah Also did a fantastic job. They gave me the piece of mind I needed and moved quickly!

    thumb Kevin O'Boyle
    6/05/2018
  • review rating 5  This is my second time of dealing with Ordower Law Professional Corporation and I must say the process remains the same - impressive! Matthew was quick to respond to my questions, provide details of what is required and moved me on to resolution of my business set up needs. I must also highlight Jana's excellent support in helping clarify what was needed, letting me the potential bottlenecks and reassuring me that there were possible solutions available. Thanks guys!

    thumb Shola Jonathan Oludipe
    8/15/2018
  • review rating 5  I recently worked with Ordower Law Professional Corporation while incorporating my business. The team was AMAZING! They were very prompt in responding to my requests and proved to be thorough when reviewing my documentation. The overall service they provided was over and above what I had expected - they gave me some really great start-up tips that I am thankful for!

    thumb ReRouting Inc.
    5/28/2018
  • review rating 5  What a great experience! I made a query online, and got a response back in less than 20 minutes. The whole incorporation process literally took a few hours, and that included a personal discussion with Jana. I would describe the process as being easy and efficient. Of course, the price was right too. Highly recommended for entrepreneurs such as myself.

    thumb Anita Windisman
    7/12/2018
  • review rating 5  Had a great experience with Matthew and Jana. I hired them to help me with some corporate legal issues. They got me exactly what I wanted, working very efficiently and quickly (I went to another firm befor them and was told it would take 5 times as long as it took Matthew to get what I hired them to do). They were great at explaining a lot of info about the process and the law in a clear and concise way that’s easy to understand. I left very happy. Highly recommend. Josh

    thumb Joshua Goldberg
    3/22/2018
  • review rating 5  Highly recommended!! After my initial phone call with Matthew, I knew the process of incorporating my business would be a breeze. Very professional, quick, and I really felt they had my best interest. Thanks again Matthew and Jana!

    thumb Lindsay Montgomery
    10/12/2018
  • review rating 5  Matthew and his team helped me incorporate in less than one day. Right from the start till the paperwork got completed the communication was clear and concise. Thanks for helping me and all others who are starting up.

    thumb Som Thee
    6/12/2018
  • review rating 5  Matthew was absolutely fantastic in helping me incorporate. He was very prompt in email correspondence and really took the time to hear me out and explain legal concepts in a patient and simplified manner. The reviews for his firm are what attracted me to use his services in the first place, and I couldn't be happier. The added benefit is that he is still available to answer your questions even after you have incorporated. Rest assured I will be referring him to others and will definitely keep him in mind should I ever require additional services. To Matthew and his team, THANK YOU!

    thumb Ameet Ahluwalia
    7/08/2018

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