Government of Canada and provinces implement digital business registration solution
“We’re committed to improving corporate transparency and reducing internal trade barriers for Canadian businesses. The adoption of the Multi-Jurisdictional Registry Access Service by the four western provinces is the result of a successful collaboration that will bring tangible benefits to businesses. As the economy turns the corner on the pandemic, businesses can rest assured that our government is making it easier for them to invest and create jobs.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Industry, Science and Innovation
“Canadians are innovative and entrepreneurial, and our government is breaking down longstanding regulatory red tape to help more entrepreneurs turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses. That’s why we’ve come together to create the Multi-Jurisdictional Registry Access Service – making it easier for businesses to register with governments and navigate across the Western provinces. We remain committed to helping Canadian business owners rebuild in the weeks and months ahead.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
The Multi-Jurisdictional Registry Access Service (MRAS) is a digital solution created to connect the 14 business registries in Canada. It is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to reduce the registration burden and provide client-centric digital services for businesses, including small businesses.
Businesses are legally required to register in each province or territory where they conduct business. Business registration is akin to birth registration, as it similarly serves as an authoritative source of identity.
More business registries are expected to use MRAS to expand streamlined business registration across Canada, starting with Corporations Canada (federal) in the fall 2020.
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba’s adoption of MRAS delivers on commitments made under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement to reconcile business registration and reporting requirements between the jurisdictions, thus simplifying interprovincial business processes.
Office of the Minister of Industry, Science and Innovation
Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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