Reactivating a Company

A company may become historical if a director voluntarily closes down the company or if the company fails to file annual reports for two consecutive years.   Failing to file annual reports is the most common reason for a dissolution or cancellation.

A company incorporated in B.C. which has been dissolved can be restored.  An extraprovincial company that has had its registration cancelled in B.C. can be reinstated.  Choose an option below to find out how to restore, reinstate, or transfer out assets from an historical company.

Limited Restoration or Reinstatement

A company can apply for a limited restoration or reinstatement so that legal transactions (i.e. outstanding taxation issues, removing or transferring assets or insurance on vehicles left in the company name) can be completed.  A company may be restored for a limited period up to a period of two years.  At the end of the limited restoration period, the company is automatically dissolved.  You are required to apply for restoration by the court if an asset has escheated to the crown, a BC company was dissolved prior to March 29, 2004 or if you are restoring an Unlimited Liability Company (ULC).

Ministerial Order

If a dissolved company  holds  an asset  and only needs to transfer out an asset such as a vehicle, they can apply for a Ministerial Order. Contact the Escheats Office at 250-356-8819 for an information package.

Full Restoration or Reinstatement

A company may apply for a full restoration or reinstatement if it intends to continue doing business in the future.  A Full Restoration by the Registrar is the most common type of restoration and is used when a company has been doing business without realizing that it has been dissolved for not filing an annual report for two consecutive years.  With this option, the company is fully restored, and continues carrying on business as though it was never dissolved.  You will need to apply for restoration by the court if an asset has escheated to the crown, a BC company was dissolved prior to March 29, 2004 or if you are restoring an Unlimited Liability Company (ULC).

Extending or Converting Limited Restorations

If you require assistance to extend a limited restoration/reinstatement or wish to convert your restoration from a limited period to a full restoration please contact BC Registries and Online Services.

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