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How do I verify the identity of an organization, such as a corporation or other entity?

To verify the identity of an organization you must consult documentation that is independent and reliable. If your client is an organization created or registered under federal, provincial or territorial law such as a corporation, cooperative or a society, you will need to obtain confirmation of its existence (e.g. a corporation’s annual filing or a certificate of corporate status), name and address, and the names of its directors, where applicable, from the appropriate government registry.

If an organization is not registered in a government registry, you may verify its existence by obtaining its constating documents, for example a partnership agreement, articles of association or trust agreement.