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ESC 2020/21 Holiday Hours

ESC 2020/21 Holiday Announcement Legal Customers

ESC would like to wish you and your families a safe, healthy, and joyous holiday season. We appreciate your loyalty and patronage and look forward to continuing to support you and your teams into 2021! Below you will find information on our services and hours of operation. Please read fully and note additional hours of operations for our RegTech platform and BC office are listed at the end.

HOLIDAY HOURS – eService Filings

December 24, 2020: Office closure 12:00pm EST.

Ministry Document Filings: Filings must be received by ESC no later than 10:00am EST for filings that must be dated December 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.

December 25 & 28, 2020: Our office will be closed. Order requests will remain in queue for the majority of Government services to be processed on the next available business day.

December 31, 2020: Our office will close at 3:00pm EST. All online services remain available as per regular service times.

Ministry Document Filings: Filings must be received by ESC no later than 1:00pm EST for filings that must be dated December 31, 2020 & January 1, 2, 3, 2021.

January 1st, 2021: Our office will be closed. Order requests will remain in queue for the majority of Governmental services to be processed on the next available business day.

January 4th, 2021: Regular business hours resumes. Open from 8:00am EST to 6:00pm EST.

Though every effort will be made to ensure that all transactions, filings, and services are completed in a timely manner, some matters may not be completed due to restrictions at the various government offices. We encourage you to contact one of our Customer Service Representatives @ 1.800.668.8208 for any urgent or time sensitive request s or for Provincial specific service availability.

ESC 2020/21 Year End Notification

It is that time of the year once again. To ensure your requests are processed efficiently during this busy season we have provided some helpful tips to help you remember to: Provide a cover letter addressed to the Ministry of Government Services in addition to your cover letter addressed to ESC. 

***Please include your special instructions (ie. post dates) in your letter addressed to the Ministry and ESC ***

The letter will be addressed to:
Ministry of Government Services
Companies and Personal Property Security Branch
375 University Avenue 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2J5

  • POST-DATE your Ontario Articles (available for up to 30 days in advance)
  • Use CURRENT DATE on Page 2 and on Schedules ‘A’ and ‘B’ of the Articles of Amalgamation
  • CLEARLY IDENTIFY THE EFFECTIVE DATE of the Articles and any specific instructions in your cover letter
  • AVOID THESE COMMON DEFICIENCIES:
    • grid lines where name of corporation is provided are faded or characters not entered correctly within grid lines
    • improper fee amount ($330 for Amalgamations; $360 for Incorporations; $150 for Amendments; $25 for Dissolution; $330 for Revival)
    • cheques must be payable to the Minister of Finance and must have a pre-printed name and address (i.e. temporary cheques are not acceptable)
    • use of liquid paper is unacceptable
    • pagination problems (if adding pages, please label them correctly – i.e. do not change Ministry page numbers)
    • outdated forms
  • PROVIDE SPECIAL NOTICES AND FEES with an initial return for FORM 15 – Articles of Revival
  • REQUEST A 9:00 AM DELIVERY to ensure a speedy filing for documents you send to us
  • NOTE OUR ADDRESS – 445 King Street West 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1K4
  • OFFICE HOURS – For filings with effective dates on early office closure days (December 24th, 25th, 28th and January 1st) ensure your filings are received a minimum of one (1) hour prior to closing. For filings to be dated and effective for December 24th, 25th, 28th or January 1st, your filing MUST be postdated and received on a previous business day.

ESC – Hours of Operations (Toronto, ON eService Services)

December 24, 2020 – Office closure 12pm EST

December 25, 2020 – Office closed

December 26, 2020 – Office closed

December 28, 2020 – Office closed

December 29 – 30 – Regular business hours 

December 31, 2020 – Office closure 3pm EST

January 1, 2021 – Office closed

January 4, 2021 – Regular business hours resumes

ESC – Hours of Operations (Vernon, BC RegTech Services)

December 24, 2020 – Office closure 3pm EST

December 25, 2020 – Office closed

December 26, 2020 – Office closed

December 28, 2020 – Regular business hours

December 29 – 30 – Regular business hours 

December 31, 2020 – Office closure 6pm EST

January 1, 2021 – Office closed

January 4, 2021 – Regular business hours resumes

ESC – Hours of Operations (Securefact Services)

December 24, 2020 – Office closure 3pm EST

December 25, 2020 – Office closed

December 26, 2020 – Office closed

December 28, 2020 – Office open 10am to 6pm EST

December 29 – 30 – Regular business hours 

December 31, 2020 – Office closure 3pm EST

January 1, 2021 – Office closed

January 4, 2021 – Regular business hours resumes

If you have any questions regarding the above-referenced points or general questions relating to your planning around this year end, please feel free to contact us at 1.800.668.8208/416.595.7177

From all of us at ESC – have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

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