Personal Property Security Act, a statute used in many provinces, regulating the taking and enforcement of security.

PPSACanada provides the following services across Canada:

  • Searches, registrations, discharges, amendments and renewals of PPSAs
  • Land title searches, abstracts, certificates, copy of mortgage, and more
  • Corporate Searches, certificate of status, NUANS pre-search
For more details, please check out our list of services

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If you wish to speak to us instead of sending an email, call 416-225-5511, and press '2'.

At the end of each month, an invoice will be sent to you detailing each service and the applicable charges.

Currently, payment must be in the form of a cheque, and mailed to the return address on the invoice

Click on Display Results button. You will be presented with a list of searches that are either in progress or completed. If a search is completed, you may click on its ID number. If a search is in progress, click the 'Refresh' button in your browser periodically (ie. every 30-60 seconds) to update the status of the search.

You may submit a search at any time. Ontario searches are processed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. EST from Monday to Friday, and between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Most motor vehicle VINs conform to a standard format. Our system automatically validates your VIN to make sure it conforms to this format. This helps screen out data entry errors. In the event that you are SURE that you have entered your VIN correctly then you may select "Validate VIN - No" and our system will by-pass the the validation check.

Either is acceptable. When a search is submitted, all text entered is converted to uppercase

You may specify a date in the "Record Since" field if you want to view results after a particular date.

This message appears under one of the following two circumstances:

  • The number of pages of results exceeds 40 and is considered "high volume"; it will be sent via the postal service.
  • You selected "Certified - Yes" on the Enter Search page. In this case, the results will be sent via the postal service.

Personal Property Security Registration and Enquiry Guide - online version click here

A '1C' registration is a new registration in Ontario. A '2C' registration refers to any of a number of amendments to a '1C' - for example a discharge, amendment, or assignment. A '3C' refers to the verification statement that is sent to the registering agent after any '1C' or '2C' is completed.

Yes. Click the 'Other Provinces' tab, and choose the appropriate province for your PPSA registration.

You will receive a verification within approximately one week of submitting the registration. Times largely depend on the province that is sending the verification.

See Personal Property Security Registration and Enquiry Guide page 11, bottom of page. Online version click here.

A Post-Search is a PPSA search conducted immediately after a PPSA registration. It is used to show proof of priority in a family of registrations against a specific debtor or piece of collateral. It is also used to be sure that two liens have not been registered by two different secured parties on the same serial collateral.

  • PPSA Registration
  • PPSA Search
    • VIN/Motor Vehicle
    • Individual
    • Business
  • PPSA Amendment
  • PPSA Discharge
  • PPSA Renewal
  • Registration Period
  • Debtor Information
  • Secured Party Information
  • Collateral Classification (Ontario Specific)
  • Collateral Information
    • Serial Numbered Collateral
    • and/or
    • General Collateral

You can submit a PPSA search with any of the following information:

  • VIN/Serial Number
  • Individual debtor name
  • Business debtor name

Amend an existing PPSA registration to change or add any of the following information:

  • Registration period
  • Debtors
  • Secured Parties
  • Collateral classification
  • Collateral description

Creating a PPSACanada account is simple, click Sign Up and fill out the required information.

your signup request will be reviewed and you may be contacted by one of our sales specialist. After the account request has been verified you be assigned with access credentials and may begin using the site.

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  1. Click on Forgot Password
  2. On the Reset Password form enter the email address associated with your PPSACanada account, then click submit.
  3. You will receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password

Retrieve the following information from corporate registries:

  • Corporate Profile
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Status
  • Certificate of No Match
  • NUANS Search
  • Business Name / Limited Partnership Search

At the end of each month, an invoice will be sent to you detailing each service and the applicable charges.

Currently, payment must be in the form of a cheque via mail or by EFT

Retrieve land title information from all registries across all Canadian jurisdictions:

  • Complete Land Title
  • Mortgage
  • Title Deed
  • Plans of Survey for Title
  • Notice of Security Interest

Due diligence searches
Perform due diligence with the following types of searches:

  • Bankruptcy Search
  • Bank Act Search

PMSI Processing
Automate your PMSI processing workflow.

Custom projects
Please contact us to discuss any custom projects.

Search for a term


  • Article

    An item of tangible personal property other than a fixture.

  • Artificial Body

    An entity that is not an individual person and includes such entities as corporations, partnerships, associations, syndicates, joint ventures, trade unions and estates.

  • C

  • Caution Filing

    A financial statement tendered for registration in respect of collateral that is subject to a security interest in a jurisdiction other than Ontario that us brought into Ontario or intended to be brought into Ontario, shall be designated as a caution filing.

  • Certified Copy

    • a copy of the paper form submitted for registration which has been certified by the Registrar, or
    • a printed copy of the information as it appears on the database which is certified by the Registrar if the information was registered electronically.
  • Consumer Goods

    Goods that are used or acquired for use primarily for personal, family or household purposes.

  • Collateral

    Personal property that is subject to a security interest.

  • D

  • Debtor

    A person who owes payment or other performance of the obligation secured, whether or not the person owns or has rights in the collateral, and includes,

    • an assignor of an account or chattel paper, and
    • a transferee of or successor to a debtor’s interest in collateral; (as defined in the PPSA); or the person who is responsible for the cost of the repair, storage or repair and storage (as defined in the RSLA Regulation).
  • E

  • Equipment

    Goods that are not inventory or consumer goods;

  • F

  • Family or Registrations

    A financing statement/claim for lien (Form 1C), together with the financing change statements/change statements (Forms 2C and 3C) which relate to it.

  • Financing Statement/Claim for lien

    Form 1C as prescribed by the regulations or the electronic format of the Form 1C as approved by the Registrar.

  • Financing Change Statement/ Change Statement

    Forms 2C and 3C as prescribed by the regulations or the electronic format of the Form 2C as approved by the Registrar.

  • G

  • Goods

    Tangible personal property and may be consumer goods, inventory, or equipment.

  • I

  • Inventory

    Goods that are held by a person for sale or lease or that have been leased or that are to be furnished or have been furnished under a contract of service, or that are raw materials, work in process or materials used or consumed in a business or profession.

  • L

  • Lien Claimant

    A person who is entitled to claim a lien for the repair, storage or storage and repair of an article.

  • M

  • Motor Vehicle

    An automobile, motorcycle, motorized snow vehicle and any other vehicle that is self-propelled, but does not include,

    • a streetcar or other vehicle running only upon rails,
    • a farm tractor,
    • an implement of husbandry,
    • a machine acquired for use or used as a road-building machine, or
    • a craft intended primarily for use in the air or in or upon the water.
  • N

  • Non-possessory Lien

    A repairer’s possessory lien arises when the repair of an article is commenced. A storer’s possessory lien arises when an article is received by a storer for storage or storage and repair. A non-possessory lien arises when a repairer or storer who has a possessory lien gives up possession of the article repaired, stored or repaired and stored without having been fully paid for the repair, storage or repair and storage. A repairer or storer must obtain a signed acknowledgement that the debt is owing and in order to be able to enforce the non-possessory lien against third parties, the repairer or storer must register a claim for lien in the personal property security registration system.

  • P

  • Personal Property

    Chattel paper, documents of title, goods, instruments, intangibles, money and securities and includes fixtures but does not include building materials that have been affixed to real property.

  • PPSA

    Personal Property Security Act, a statute used in many provinces, regulating the taking and enforcement of security.

  • R

  • Registering Agent

    A person who acts as an agent for a secured party/lien claimant or assignor when submitting a statement for registration but does not include a clerk or other employee of the secured party/lien claimant or assignor.

  • Repair

    An expenditure of money on, or the application of labour, skill or materials to, an article for the purpose of altering, improving or restoring its properties or maintaining its condition.

  • Repairer

    A person who makes a repair on the understanding that the person will be paid for the repair.

  • S

  • Security Agreement

    An agreement that creates or provides for a security interest and includes a document evidencing a security interest.

  • Security Interest

    An interest in personal property that secures payment or performance of an obligation, and includes, whether or not the interest secures payment or performance of an obligation, the interest of a transferee of an account or chattel paper.

  • Storer

    A person who receives an article for storage or storage and repair on the understanding that the person will be paid for the storage and repair, as the case may be.

  • V

  • Vehicle Identification Number

    The number that the person who constructed the motor vehicle affixed to it for identification purposes.

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