Department of Community Services

Corporate Affairs

Guidelines to follow when choosing a name

Prior to submitting the documents to register or incorporate an organization, the name must be approved and reserved by the Registrar. 

A person is to submit to the Registrar an Application for Name Reservation together with the $40 fee.

Here are some guidelines on how to choose a name. Please note, this list is not exhaustive. For more information, view the Naming Regulations.

Guidelines to follow when choosing a name: 

  • Minimum length of name is 5 characters.
  • Maximum length of name is 120 characters.
  • Name must have more letters than the total number of other characters in the name.
  • No obscene or objectionable names.
  • Names that suggest royal or government affiliation require consent (i.e. Government of Yukon, Yukon First Nation). Refer to section 11 of Naming Regulation for a more exhaustive list.
  • Names that suggest academic or technical affiliation require consent (i.e. University, College).
  • Names that suggest teaching of a trade require consent (i.e. School, Institute, Academy, College, University).
  • Names that suggest professional or occupational affiliation require consent (i.e. Accountant, Dentist, Engineer, Medical, Nurse, Pawnbroker, Physician, Physiotherapy, Private Investigator). For full list of words and expressions that may suggest a professional or occupational licence or affiliation, refer to Schedule E of Naming Regulation.
  • Names that suggest regulated financial business require consent.
  • Names must not mislead.
  • Names must not be identical to another organization. Refer to section 18 of Naming Regulation for more information.
  • Certain organizations require legal elements.
  • A word that is a legal element must not be used except as a legal element.

After a name has been chosen, fill out and submit the Application for Name Reservation, along with the $40 fee.

The Registrar will reserve the name if it complies with the Naming Regulation requirements. If the name does not comply, a new application and prescribed fee will be required. A Certificate of Name Reservation will be issued within 5 business days, if approved.

After you’ve received the Certificate of Name Reservation, you may proceed with completing the applicable documents. If the applicable documents are not received by our office prior to the expiry date on the Certificate of Name Reservation, a new application for Name Reservation and prescribed fee will be required to be resubmitted and approved before you can resubmit the registration documents.

The Application for Name Reservation may be dropped off in person, mailed, faxed or emailed to our office. Please do not include credit card information in your email, but instead provide a phone number where we may contact you for payment.


Contact Corporate Affairs

Email: corporateaffairs@gov.yk.ca
Phone: 867-667-5314
Toll free in Yukon, NWT and Nunavut: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5314
Fax: 867-393-6251

Mailing address
Government of Yukon
Corporate Affairs (C-6)
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6

Office location: 307 Black Street, 1st Floor, Whitehorse, Y1A 2N1
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.