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Manitoba Business: The Imperial Oil Company Limited / Imperial Oil Limited

The Imperial Oil Company Limited was incorporated under the Canadian Joint Stock Companies Act on 8 September 1880, initially holding a capital stock value of $250,000. Its capital stock was increased to one million (December 1898), six million (July 1907), and 15 million (February 1913), and its operations expanded throughout Canada. Within Manitoba, the firm began operating at Winnipeg in 1881 and applied for a provincial licence under the Foreign Corporations Act (of Manitoba) in June 1913. In September 1919, the company formally simplified its name from The Imperial Oil Company Limited to Imperial Oil Limited.


“City and provincial [I. Waterman ...],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 7 June 1881, page 1.

“Imperial Oil Co.” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 3 January 1882, page 2.

Orders-In-Council (EC 0003B), Order-in-Council #17343 & #35455, GR1530, Archives of Manitoba.

Companies Office corporation documents (CCA 0059), 40I - The Imperial Oil Company Limited, GR6427, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 January 2022

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