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Methods of payment accepted

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Update on electronic funds transfers (2019-04-23)

Payment methods we accept

You must pay all fees to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in Canadian dollars. We do not accept foreign currencies or post-dated cheques.

Ways to pay

Please note that no in-person payment transactions are processed at CIPO's designated establishment locations. In-person payment transactions are only processed at the CIPO headquarters location.

CIPO accepts the following types of payment:

Debit cards

Payments by debit card are accepted only at CIPO's headquarters, located at 50 Victoria Street, Place du Portage I, Room C229 in Gatineau, Quebec.

Credit cards

You may make credit card payments online, by mail, by fax or in person.

We take Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards only.

Note that there is a limit of $99,999 or 2,000 files per online credit card transaction.

The summary report is available online.

To see your statements online, you must contact CIPO's Incoming Correspondence Unit in writing (mail, fax or email) and link your credit cards to the people in your firm who are authorized to work with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Please include the name of your firm, your credit card numbers and your ISED username.

Send your request to CIPO by:

Fax: 819-953-CIPO (2476), 819-953-OPIC (6742)
Email: ic.cipofinance-opicfinance.ic@canada.ca

Mail to the attention of:
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Incoming Correspondence Unit
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street, Room C114
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9

Deposit accounts

You can make deposit account payments online, by fax, by mail or in person.

Opening a deposit account

To open a deposit account, please complete and send us the deposit account form.

Using your deposit account

To add an authorized user to your deposit account:

Fax: 819-953-CIPO (2476), 819-953-OPIC (6742)
Email: ic.cipofinance-opicfinance.ic@canada.ca

Mail to the attention of:
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Incoming Correspondence Unit
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street, Room C114
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9

Replenishing your deposit account

You can replenish your deposit account by cheque/money order, wire transfer or by bill payment service.

To replenish your account, fill out the Fee form and send it to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) with your payment by:

Fax: 819-953-CIPO (2476) or 819-953-OPIC (6742)
Email: ic.cipofinance-opicfinance.ic@canada.ca

Mail to the attention of:
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Incoming Correspondence Unit
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street
Room C114
Gatineau Quebec K1A 0C9

In person: CIPO headquarters located at 50 Victoria Street, Place du Portage I, Room C114 in Gatineau, Quebec.

Viewing deposit account statements

The summary report of deposit account statements is available online.

To see your online statements, you must contact CIPO's Incoming Correspondence Unit in writing (mail, fax or email) and link your deposit accounts to the people in your firm who are authorized to work with ISED. Please include the name of your firm, your deposit accounts numbers, and your ISED username.

Send your request to CIPO by:

Fax: 819-953-CIPO (2476), 819-953-OPIC (6742)
Email: ic.cipofinance-opicfinance.ic@canada.ca

Mail to the attention of:
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Incoming Correspondence Unit
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street, Room C114
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9

Electronic filing limits

Note that there is a limit of 2,000 files per deposit account transaction.

Closing your deposit account

When requesting the closure of your CIPO deposit account, the request must be made on company letterhead to be accepted.

To close a deposit account, clients have the following options:

  1. Complete the Fee form and remit by fax, mail, in person or email to CIPO Accounts Receivable.
  2. Complete the close a deposit account form and remit by fax, mail, in person or email to CIPO Accounts Receivable.
  3. Send an email to CIPO Accounts Receivable.
Online banking services

CIPO's deposit account holders can replenish their accounts through their Canadian bank's online system.

To open a CIPO deposit account, follow the instructions above under "Deposit accounts."

Follow these instructions to replenish your account using online banking:

  1. Log in to your online banking account.
  2. Add CIPO as a recipient in the bill payment section.Footnote 1
  3. Enter CIPO's 10-digit online banking number, which you can find on the online statements page of CIPO's, website under the "On-Line Banking Ref. No." column.Footnote 2
  4. Transfer an amount of money to replenish your CIPO deposit account.

For more information or to open a deposit account, please contact CIPO's Incoming Correspondence Unit.

To create an account, retrieve a lost or forgotten username or password or update your ISED account, visit My ISED Account. Then contact CIPO's Incoming Correspondence Unit to link your ISED username to your online deposit account statement. Your request must include your firm's name, your deposit account number and your ISED username.

Cheques and money orders

All cheques and money orders must be in Canadian dollars and made payable to the Receiver General for Canada. Note that we do not accept post-dated cheques.

Wire transfers

Important information: All electronic funds transfers must be made through the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec in Canadian dollars and be made payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

You need the following information to transfer funds to CIPO's account:

Name of banking institution:
Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec
1, Complexe Desjardins
15th floor, South Tower, P.O. Box 220
Montréal, QC
H5B 1B3
Canada

SWIFT: CCDQCAMM
Institution number: 815
Transit number: 98000
Beneficiary name: 033-25638 - ISED
Beneficiary account number: MFI09704000815CAD0
Charges field: "OUR"
Authorization number: 033-25638

To avoid processing delays, we suggest that you include the following information with your bank transfer:

Contact information: the name and telephone number of the contact person
Identification number: the deposit account number or your file number
Request: replenishment, or another type of service

To help us identify the services you need, you must send us the date of the bank transfer and a printout of your receipt by:

Fax: 819-953-CIPO (2476), 819-953-OPIC (6742)
Email: ic.cipofinance-opicfinance.ic@canada.ca

In addition, you need to send us the right documentation for the service you have asked for, with a cover letter that shows the amount and the date of the bank transfer and your bank receipt by:

Fax: 819-953-CIPO (2476), 819-953-OPIC (6742)

Mail to the attention of:

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Incoming Correspondence Unit
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street, Room C114
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9

Please note that you are responsible for any transaction fees charged by your banking institution. You must account for all charges related to electronic payments to ensure they will not be deducted from the remittance amount.

Ways to send a payment

Please note that documents, payments and payment instructions delivered in person to the designated establishment locations must be enclosed in a sealed envelope. No in-person payment transactions are processed at designated establishment locations. In-person payment transactions are only processed at the CIPO headquarters location.

The accepted ways to pay for each submission method are below:

Electronic-filing and e-payment

Accepted ways to pay

Note

Mail and fax

Accepted ways to pay

Note

Complete and send the CIPO fee payment form as the cover page.

Mailing address:
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Incoming Correspondence Unit
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street, Room C114,
Gatineau QC K1A 0C9

Fax: 819-953-CIPO (2476) or 819-953-OPIC (6742)

In person

Accepted ways to pay

Note

Complete and send CIPO's Fee form as the cover page to CIPO headquarters (50 Victoria Street, Place du Portage I, Room C114, in Gatineau, Quebec) or at one of our regional offices. For more information, please see our correspondence procedures.

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