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New Reporting Requirements for Federal Businesses in Canada: Filing Information on Individuals with Significant Control (ISC)

October 13, 2023
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Are you a business owner in Canada? If so, it’s crucial to stay informed about the latest regulatory changes that could impact your operations. Starting on January 22, 2024, there are new reporting requirements for federal businesses incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). These changes aim to enhance transparency and accountability by mandating the disclosure of information on Individuals with Significant Control (ISC).

What is ISC?

Individuals with Significant Control (ISC) refer to individuals who have a substantial influence over a business’s operations, decisions, or financial activities. The new reporting requirements are designed to shed light on the people who hold such influence within a corporation, fostering a more transparent and accountable business environment.

When to File ISC Information

To help you navigate these changes, here are the key timelines for filing ISC information with Corporations Canada:

  1. Annual Return: Federal businesses must include ISC information with their annual return.
  2. Within 15 Days of Any Change: If there’s any alteration in your ISC register, you must update this information within 15 days of the change.
  3. During Incorporation: When incorporating a new business, you will need to provide ISC information.
  4. After Amalgamation: For businesses that undergo amalgamation, ISC data must be filed accordingly.
  5. After Continuance to Federal Jurisdiction: If your business transitions or imports to a federal jurisdiction, filing ISC information is essential.

For detailed information about what needs to be filed, please visit the official Corporations Canada website. This resource will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the requirements and how to ensure compliance.

These changes are designed to promote transparency and accountability in the Canadian business landscape. Being proactive in meeting these new requirements will help your business avoid potential penalties and ensure you’re on the right side of the law.

Stay informed, stay compliant, and keep your business thriving in this evolving regulatory environment. If you have any questions or need assistance with the process, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts. We’re here to help you navigate these changes and ensure your business’s success in the evolving landscape.

Remember, compliance is not just a legal requirement; it’s a step towards building trust and integrity within your business. Don’t wait; start preparing for these changes today.

For more information and assistance, please visit the Corporations Canada website.

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