WHY DO I NEED A NUANS REPORT?
Provincial Legislation in most provinces requires business owners to provide a NUANS® report when registering a new business name.
Most importantly, the NUANS® search guarantees that your name is unique in your industry and your region. We strongly recommend you search and reserve your business name before you produce signs, business cards, letterheads, etc. This avoids trademark violation if your proposed business name is already in use by another company.
WHAT IS NUANS?
NUANS® is a computerised search system that compares a proposed corporate name or trademark with databases of existing corporate bodies and trademarks. The NUANS® system is owned and operated by Industry Canada and contains a national database of trademarks and business names that are in use by other organisations.
Conducting a NUANS® search compares your proposed business name to the names of registered businesses in the NUANS® database. A NUANS® report will list organisations that have a business name similar to the one you proposed.
A NUANS® report will also reserve your name for 90 days.
Please note: The Federal and Provincial Registrars have the final say on accepting business names, regardless of the information presented in the NUANS® report.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A NAME FOR MY BUSINESS?
A business name consists of a distinctive element, ie. “Acme” and a descriptive element, ie. “Grocery Store” that indicates the goods or service you offer.
The more unique your business name is, the more likely it will be approved.
It is not recommended that you choose only initials (ie. ABC) or any names that could be confused with Government entities.
We offer 3 FREE pre-searches to help determine if your name is available by querying the Industry Canada database. (Pre-searches are not NUANS® searches). Additional pre-searches are available for a nominal fee.
Need a little more guidance in choosing a name? Contact us.
ORDER A NUANS REPORT TODAY!
Request a NUANS® search for a new business name using the form below.
After you click Submit we will contact you for confirmation and payment information. This ensures we meet the needs of our clients as well as government requirements before we process any payments.
Once we complete your business name search, we can typically get your business registered in 1-2 business days.
*NUANS searches are available for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Canada (Federal).
NUANS Report Fee: $46.00 (HST included)
**If you don’t see the confirmation message pop up on the screen after you hit “Submit” please send your request via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact us by phone.