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Registration Procedures

Most enterprises, regardless of their legal form, must complete a declaration of registration to register in the enterprise register. However, legal persons constituted under a law of Québec are generally registered when their constituting documents are deposited in the register. Once their constituting documents are deposited, these legal persons must file an initial declaration.

The following table presents the registration procedures to be carried out by the various types of enterprises.

Declaration of registration
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Sole proprietorship

Déclaration d'immatriculation d’une personne physique

  • Obligation to register for the enterprise register within 60 days of the start of its activities in Québec in the case of a natural person who operates a sole proprietorship under a name that does not include the owner’s first and last names;
  • Obligation to register for the enterprise register within 30 days of the start of its activities in the case of a natural person who operates a tobacco retail outlet or a tanning salon, even if the person operates it under a name that includes the person’s first and last names.

General partnership

Limited partnership

Corporation constituted outside Québec

Déclaration d'immatriculation d’une société

Obligation to register for the enterprise register within 60 days of the start of its activities in the case of:

  • Québec general and limited partnerships
  • partnerships not constituted in Québec that carry on an activity in Québec
Joint venture Déclaration d'immatriculation d’une société de personnes Joint ventures may voluntarily register for the enterprise register.

Association or group of persons

Déclaration d'immatriculation d’une association ou un groupement de personnes

Associations or groups of persons may voluntarily register for the enterprise register.

Syndicates of co-ownership

Déclaration d'immatriculation d’une personne morale

Obligation to register for the enterprise register within 60 days after the publication of the declaration of co-ownership in the land register.

Legal persons constituted in Québec before 1994

Déclaration d'immatriculation d’une personne morale

Obligation to register for the enterprise register, if it has not already been done.

The legal person must file a paper declaration of registration. To obtain the form, please contact us.

Legal person constituted under a law other than a law of Québec (business corporation or corporation, non-profit legal person, cooperative and mutual insurance company)

Déclaration d'immatriculation d’une personne morale

Obligation to register for the register within 60 days of the start of its activities in Québec.

Trust that operates a commercial enterprise None Obligation to register for the enterprise register within 60 days of the start of its activities in Québec. Use the fillable (dynamic) PDF version of form RE-204, Déclaration d’immatriculation pour une fiducie exploitant une entreprise à caractère commercial (see English courtesy translation RE-204-T).
Initial declaration
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Business corporation constituted in Québec

Non-profit legal person constituted in Québec

Mutual insurance company constituted in Québec

Fraternal benefit society constituted in Québec 

Déclaration initiale d’une personne morale

Registration of the corporation by the Registraire des entreprises when the latter deposits the articles of constitution in the enterprise register.

The business corporation constituted with the notice establishing the address of the head office and list of directors must file an initial declaration within 60 days of the registration date in the enterprise register.

Registration of a non-profit legal person by the Registraire des entreprises when the latter deposits the letters patent in the enterprise register.

A non-profit legal person must file an initial declaration within 60 days of the registration date in the enterprise register. Such is also the case for a mutual insurance company and a fraternal benefit society.

Cooperative constituted in Québec

Déclaration initiale d’une personne morale

Cooperatives are constituted through the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations, which sends a copy of the articles of constitution of the cooperative to the Registraire des enterprises, which deposits them in the enterprise register in order to register the cooperative.

A cooperative must file an initial declaration within 60 days of the registration date in the enterprise register.

Last Update : 25/09/2014
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