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Instructions for Searching for an Enterprise in the Enterprise Register

You can search for an enterprise in the enterprise register:

  • by entering a name or related words
  • by entering a number associated with the enterprise, that is, the Québec enterprise number (NEQ), the number recorded in the central enterprise database or the file number recorded in the database of public authorities

There are two search options: a basic search and an advanced search. The latter lets you specify certain additional criteria.

Basic search

Search by name

  1. Enter, in the Objet de la recherche field, the name of the enterprise.
  2. Click on Rechercher (search).

Note: Search results may include a number of enterprises. This happens when the search information applies to a number of enterprises.

Search by one of the numbers associated with the enterprise 

  1. Enter, in the Objet de la recherche field, the enterprise's Québec enterprise number (NEQ) or file number. 
  2. Click on Rechercher.

Note: If you do not know the file number and the enterprise you are looking for does not appear in the results of the search by name (Par nom), keywords (Par mots) or related words (Par mots apparentés), the enterprise might not be registered in the enterprise register. In that case, you can use Recherche avancée (advanced search) and select, in the Domaine de recherche field, Fichier central des entreprises (central enterprise database) or Autorités publiques (database of public authorities).

Advanced search

If you know little about the enterprise, use Recherche avancée (advanced search), which offers you more options.

Search by name 

  1. Enter the exact name of the enterprise.
  2. Under Type de recherche (search type) select Par nom (search by name).
  3. Under Étendue de la recherche (scope of the search), select either Sociétés de personnes (partnerships), Entreprises individuelles (sole proprietorship), Personnes morales (legal persons) or Tous (all).
  4. Click Rechercher (search).

Search by keywords

  1. Enter a maximum of five words, separated by spaces.
  2. Under Type de recherche (search type), select Par mots (by keywords) or Par mots apparentés (by related words):
    • Keywords: The search by keywords includes the words specified and their homophones, abbreviations and variations in spelling.
    • Related words: The search by related words takes into account the specifics of the search by keywords and their semantic equivalents: the gender (masculine and feminine), the number (singular and plural), the use of English (literal translations) and the field of economic activity (trade, activity and product).
  3. Under Étendue de la recherche (scope of the search), select either Sociétés de personnes (partnerships), Entreprises individuelles (sole proprietorship), Personnes morales (legal persons) or Tous (all).
  4. Click Rechercher (search).

Note that the search results will contain AT LEAST the words entered or their synonyms. 

Scope of the search

Partnerships

Sole proprietorships

Legal persons 

The search is conducted using the names of one of the three families of legal forms, namely, a partnership, an association or a group of persons (NEQ starting with 33), a natural person operating a sole proprietorship (NEQ starting with 22) or a legal person (NEQ starting with 11).

All

(default) 

This search is conducted using all of the names declared.

Words to avoid in searches by keywords or related words

Words of a general nature

Certain overly general words cannot be used alone for the search, except for a search by name.

A search conducted using the words listed opposite would produce too many results. Please note that the list is not exhaustive.

Examples:

Restaurant

Hotel

Industry

Service counter

Words related to types of enterprises

These words related to types of enterprises cannot be used alone for the search, except for a search by name.

A search conducted using the words listed opposite would produce too many results. Please note that the list is not exhaustive.

Examples:

Cie, Cies, Co, Compagnie, Companies, Company

Corp, Corporation, Corporations

Enr, Enrg, Reg'd

Inc, Incorporated, Incorporée

Limited, Limitée

Société, Sociétés, Society, Societies

SENC, S.E.N.C., SENCRL, S.E.N.C.R.L

Articles and prepositions used alone

These articles and prepositions cannot be used alone for the search, except for a search by name.

A search conducted using the words listed opposite would produce too many results. Please note that the list is not exhaustive.

Examples:

Aux, at, D', de, du, des, of the

En, in, Et

L', le, les, the

Chez

Of

And

Consult the list of files found

When you conduct a search using a file number or a Québec enterprise number (NEQ), the enterprise’s information statement is immediately displayed.

When you conduct a search by name, keywords or related words, the result will comprise several enterprises listed according to the following criteria: 

  • Numéro de dossier: the enterprise’s file number or NEQ
  • Nom: the name of the enterprise
  • Adresse: the domicile address of the enterprise
  • Statut: the status of the enterprise’s registration (registered, not registered, cancelled, cancelled ex officio or cancelled on request)
  • Date de changement d’état: the date of the last change reported in the enterprise’s file
  • Statut du nom: the status of the enterprise’s name (in effect or previous)
  • Date initiale: the initial date of registration of the name in the enterprise register
  • Date finale: the final date of use of the name

Furthermore, the total number of files found for the search is shown. However, if there are too many, only the first 450 most significant results are displayed.

Consult a specific file

To consult a file you must click on the hyperlink containing the enterprise’s file number or Québec enterprise number (NEQ). You will then have access to the enterprise’s information statement.

In addition to the items mentioned earlier, each enterprise file includes, among other things, 

  • the establishments
  • related persons (directors, shareholders, partners, etc.)
  • the other names used in Québec
  • microfilmed and digitized documents

When you consult a file, you can print it by clicking on the printer icon.

Complementary information

The following sections contain complementary information that will help you search for or consult a file:

Last Update : 11/11/2013
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