Articles of Consolidation

Who can file articles of consolidation?

Any corporation governed by the Business Corporations Act (BCA) can file articles of consolidation.

What are articles of consolidation and how are they filed?

A corporation’s articles can become difficult to read and understand, particularly if they have undergone numerous amendments over time. Under the BCA, a corporation may consolidate its articles without the authorization of its shareholders. A corporation's articles of consolidation is a single document that contains the information from all of the corporation's articles. The Registraire des entreprises may also require that a corporation consolidate its articles.

To file articles of consolidation, access My Office and select the Produire ou corriger des statuts de refonte online service.

What amendments are allowed in articles of consolidation?

Articles of consolidation must be an accurate reproduction of the up-to-date articles of the corporation. They must not contain substantive amendments. However, changes to standardize phraseology, formulation and presentation are allowed. Obvious reference, typographical, transcription and similar errors in the current articles may also be corrected.

If the name of the corporation or a version of the name in a language other than French must be amended or if items in each section of the current articles must be substantively amended, you must file articles of amendment, before you file articles of consolidation. This is also the case if the current articles do not contain a description in a particular section and you wish to add one.

The articles of consolidation will contain the text of the corporation’s consolidated articles and will replace the corporation’s articles as of the date and, where applicable, the time shown on the certificate of consolidation.

Fees and terms of payment

The fees applicable to a certificate of consolidation, further to an application for articles of consolidation, are given in chart RE-101, Tarifs et modalités de paiement (see English courtesy translation RE-101-T).

Processing your application

After receiving the articles of consolidation, the Registraire des entreprises records the date of receipt and reviews the application. If the application is compliant and complete, and the fees have been paid, the Registraire issues a certificate of consolidation and assigns a date to it. The articles of consolidation and the certificate of consolidation are then deposited in the enterprise register under the corporation’s NEQ. The Registraire des entreprises also sends a copy of the articles and the certificate to the corporation or its representative.

Client services

Client services of the Registraire des entreprises are provided by Services Québec at its offices in Montréal or Québec, as well as by email or telephone. Contact information is provided on the Contact Us page.

Client services staff can help you understand the process to consolidate articles and the application of the rules of law in general. However, they cannot interpret these rules to adapt them to a specific case or respond to a specific situation. For such help, consult a legal adviser.

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