OSFI’s role in name requests

Federal, provincial and territorial company registries are responsible for approving company and business names under the applicable legislation. Sometimes, however, a proposed name may include words that are restricted by other legislation in Canada.

For example, your proposed name may contain a word whose use is restricted by the Bank Act, the Insurance Companies Act or the Trust and Loan Companies Act. If you wish to seek OSFI’s approval to use a restricted word in a name, please complete the application form and submit it to OSFI.  For more information, see the “frequently asked questions" (FAQ).

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  • Managing Director, Legislative Policy, Interpretations and Compliance
    Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
    255 Albert Street
    Ottawa, Canada
    K1A 0H2

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