I’m starting a new business and have come across something called a “shelf corporation”. What is a shelf corporation?

Allan Madan, CA
 Nov 12, 2013


A ‘shelf corporation’ is an incorporated entity that either:

  • Never carried on a business and never owned any assets;
  • Carried on a business and owned assets in the past, but is now inactive without any assets.

Shelf corporations that carried on a business in the past for a number of years, and have a good credit history are of great interest to individuals that want to start a business. This is because banks and other financial institutions usually only make loans to established corporations with a favorable credit rating.



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