Get NUANS and Name search report with complete details and guide today.

What is NUANS search?

Nuans is the Government of Canada’s combined search tool of business names and trademarks. This tool uses a powerful algorithm to list names and trademarks similar or identical to the searched name

Why do you need NUANs report?

You might need NUAN’S report request for –

  • Requesting a corporate name pre-approval
  • Reviving a corporation
  • Amending the articles of your corporation
  • Amalgamating two or more corporations
  • Continuing from another jurisdiction

Naming a corporation – How to get a name?

You can propose a name for your federal corporation when incorporating, amalgamating or continuing (import). You can also change your federal corporation’s name by amending your corporation’s articles.

Corporations Canada reviews proposed names to confirm that they comply with the regulations. The proposed name will become the legal name of the corporation when Corporations Canada issues the certificate of incorporation, amalgamation, continuance or amendment.

You can name your corporation in two ways:

  • A number name

If you want a numbered name, indicate this in your incorporation application and a numbered name will be assigned to you. If you are a business corporation, include a legal element. If you are a not-for-profit corporation, include a prescribed term

  • A word name

To get a word name, you need to propose a name that meets the requirements.

If you incorporate a business or not-for-profit corporation, you propose a word name when you incorporate online. Corporations Canada will review your proposed name to confirm that it meets the requirements. If it doesn’t, we’ll work with you to find one that does.

Nuans name search report

A Nuans name search report provides a list of existing corporate names, business names and trademarks that are similar to the one being proposed. Corporations Canada reviews the report to assess the availability of the name. The report is valid for only 90 days.

Getting a Nuans name search report does not mean that your name is pre-approved or approved by Corporations Canada.

What is the Cost for a NUANS report?

The fee would be $50 plus HST

It may take upto 5 to 15 business days to process the information. 

To place an order fill out the inquiry form or email us at

Required Documents to get NUANS report: 

  1. A proposed corporate name
  2. Corporate name details (Must include a Distinct name and business activity description in one line or a keyword)

Additional information on the proposed corporate name

It is to your advantage to provide more information because this could reduce the back-and-forth between you and Corporations Canada. Your information will only be used to make a decision on the proposed name.

To fill in your application online, we would need additional information on your proposed name, that is to say:

  • the type of business the corporation intends to carry on 
  • the geographic area in which the corporation will likely operate 
  • the type of clientele
  • how you came up with the distinctive element
  • if the name contains an individual’s family name, the individual’s connection with the corporation
  • similar names or trademarks you have registered or
  • searches you have conducted on potentially confusing corporate names that appear on the Nuans name search report


Obtaining corporate name pre-approval

Business and not-for-profit corporations can obtain prior approval of their corporate name . Obtaining pre-approval is optional but it ensures that the name will be available when you incorporate.

Corporations Canada will review your proposed name to confirm that it complies with the regulations before you file an application for incorporation. The proposed name will become the legal name of your corporation only when Corporations Canada has issued the certificate of incorporation.

There is no fee for obtaining a pre-approval of a corporate name.

Corporate name pre-approval is only valid for 90 days from the date on the Nuans name search report, not the date of the pre-approval.

It can be useful to obtain pre-approval before purchasing a domain name or embarking on a marketing campaign, for example.