NUANS Name Search Reservation


The distinctive element of the name is the part that makes distinctive from other corporations, i.e. what makes them different. The more different or fanciful the name the better.

The descriptive element describes the main activities or type of business of the corporations.

Include a French equivalent name of the English name if you want to search the name in English and French ONLY where the distinctive element of the name remains the same in both languages. If it does not, then you will require 2 separate NUANS reports, one for the English name and another for the French name.



In order for you to register or incorporate your business, a corporate name search report is required by the Federal and the provincial governments. These reports are used to determine the availability of a corporate/business name by searching the relevant databases or registries listing any similar or possibly confusing existing corporation names, business names and trademarks. In other words, you need to make sure that no one else has already registered the corporate or business name, or trademark you would like to use for your business.

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Alberta, Federal, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island