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How to maintain your new corporation

How to maintain your new corporation

For each corporation — big or small — there are certain annual maintenance tasks you must complete each year to keep your business in good standing.

Annual returns

Every corporation must file an annual return with Corporations Canada (in the case of a federal corporation) or Alberta Corporate Registries (in the case of an Alberta corporation) every year.

By filing an annual return, you will be confirming that your corporation’s legal status is “active” (that it is not dissolved, discontinued or amalgamated with another corporation).

Your corporation will automatically be dissolved if the corporation’s annual return is not filed within the designated filing period.

Dissolution can have serious repercussions, including not having the legal capacity to conduct business. 

To be clear, the annual return is not your income tax return. The annual return is a corporate law requirement. It is completely separate from any filing obligations you may have with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Meeting of the shareholders or Annual resolutions

In addition to the filling of an annual return, all corporations must hold at least one annual meeting of shareholders every year.

At this meeting, the shareholders are required to consider the corporation’s financial statements, the election of directors (if necessary) and auditor matters (or dispensing with the auditor).

For corporations with a smaller number of shareholders, it may be more practical to prepare a written resolution rather than to hold a formal meeting.

A written resolution is a written record of decisions made that is signed by all of the shareholders entitled to vote.

If you have questions or would like to arrange corporate maintenance support for your company, reach out to us at

The content on this website is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion of any kind. Users of this website are advised to seek legal advice by contacting Lawnch (or other legal counsel) directly to discuss any specific legal issues.

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