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How to Form a Corporation for Real Estate in Ontario: A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by
The Tabuchi Law Team
Published on
September 20, 2022

Are you thinking of incorporating your real estate investments in Ontario? Don't worry; we've got you covered! This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process, making it easier than you may have previously thought. So, let's dive into this exciting journey together.

Step 1: Plan Your Corporation | Choose a Name

The name you choose for your corporation is crucial - it's the first impression individuals or companies will have; people instinctively judge books by their covers! Make it unique, memorable, and reflective of your real estate business. Think of this as the captivating title of your corporation's story. Decide on the Structure. Now that you’ve carefully considered the name and impression you want your corporation to have, it's time to assemble your dream team. Who will be the directors and shareholders? What roles and responsibilities will they undertake? These decisions form the foundation of your corporation.

Step 2: File the Incorporation Documents

Articles of Incorporation. Consider the Articles of Incorporation as your corporation's constitution. This document outlines your corporation's name, structure, and purpose. It acts as the blueprint for your corporation's future. Initial Registered Office Address and First Board of Directors. This form is your corporation's birth certificate and provides information about the registered office address and the initial board of directors.

Step 3: Organize Your Corporation | By-laws and Resolutions

After incorporation, it's time to establish the ground rules. This involves creating by-laws and resolutions, setting up a minute book, and issuing shares. It's like putting in place the roadmap for your corporation's journey.

Step 4: Maintain Your Corporation |Annual Filings

You must file annual reports and financial statements with the government to keep your corporation in good standing. Treat it as a yearly check-up for your corporation.


Forming a corporation for real estate in Ontario is an exciting journey. While it requires careful planning and compliance with legal requirements, you're not alone. Tabuchi Law is here to guide you every step of the way. Ready to embark on your journey? Contact us today for a consultation.

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