Bankruptcy – Business structures

Sole proprietorship

As a sole proprietor, you and your business are the same legal entity. If you wish to continue in business, you will be considered a new legal entity beginning on the day after the assignment into bankruptcy. In this case, even if the trustee hasn't "wound up" the bankruptcy, you will need a new business number (BN) for your new Canada Revenue Agency accounts. As a result, you may have two BN until your old BN is closed. For more information on the bankruptcy process, go to Bankruptcy / receivership.


When one individual in a partnership made up of two individuals declares bankruptcy, the partnership can no longer exist.

When a partnership includes more than two individuals and one declares personal bankruptcy, the partnership may continue to operate, further to an agreement between parties involved. For example, a law firm of 100 partners may have one partner that has declared personal bankruptcy and the law firm is not liable for the partner's personal debts. The law firm may continue in business despite the partner's personal bankruptcy.


In most cases, unless a bankrupt corporation pays all debts owed at the time of bankruptcy, the company ceases to exist.

If you wish to dissolve an incorporated business or start a new one, you will have to contact the government body that governs the affairs of your corporation.

For information on how bankruptcy affects your GST/HST accounts, go to Open or manage an account – Close.

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