Registrations for B.C. Corporations (Companies)

B.C. corporations (companies) covered under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement can register and update information in other jurisdictions by submitting the necessary information to BC Registries and Online Services.

Note: If you have not been directed to this web page by a formal notice or by staff at BC Registries and Online Services, contact the Registry office to determine if you are following the correct steps for registration or for submitting other filings in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.

 

If you want to incorporate in B.C. and register in Alberta or Sakatchewan at the same time:

  1. Search and reserve your business name in B.C.
    • Submit a name request through Name Request Online if you want a specific name for your company.
    • Indicate you also need an Alberta name search (called a NUANS) and/or a Saskatchewan name search.
    • A numbered name does not require approval for use.
  2. Once all name reservations are confirmed, file the Incorporation Application through Corporate Online.  If a name reservation was completed for Alberta and/or Saskatchewan, BC Registries and Online Services will automatically send your information to Alberta and/or Saskatchewan so they can register your company there.

Note: If you have a B.C. numbered company and therefore did not need a name reservation, see Step 2 below for how to register the B.C. company in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan.

If you have already incorporated your company in B.C. and want to register in Alberta or Saskatchewan:

  1. Search and reserve your business name.
    • To reserve your name in Alberta, contact Dye & Durham at 800-665-6211.
    • To reserve your name in Saskatchewan, contact Saskatchewan at 866-275-4721.
  2. Submit registration through Corporate Online.
    • Choose Other filings, services and paper forms to reach the Services Menu.
    • Select the Register a BC Company with a New West Partnership (NWPTA) option under the NWPTA Submissions category.
    • Read the overview information provided to ensure you have all the information before you begin.

Note: Under the NWPTA, there are no additional fees to register your B.C. Company in Alberta or Saskatchewan. However, you will be required to pay for the name search in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan.

If you want to change your name in B.C. and register the change in Alberta or Saskatchewan at the same time:

  1. Search and reserve your business name in B.C.
    • Submit a name request through Name Request Online.
    • Indicate you also need an Alberta name search (NUANS) and/or a Saskatchewan name search.
    • A numbered name does not require approval for use in Alberta or Saskatchewan.
  2. Once all name reservations are confirmed, submit the change through Corporate Online. The Alberta and/or Saskatchewan registrations will be automatically updated.
    • Choose Other filings, services and paper forms option to reach the Services Menu.
    • Select the Change your Company Name option under the NWPTA Submissions category.
    • Read the overview information provided to ensure you have all the information before you begin.

If you have already changed your name in B.C. and want to update your registration in Alberta or Saskatchewan:

  1. Search and reserve your business name:
    • To reserve your name in Alberta, contact Dye & Durham at 800-665-6211.
    • To reserve your name in Saskatchewan, contact Saskatchewan at 866-275-4721
  2. Submit your registration through Corporate Online.
    • Choose the Other filings, services and paper forms option to reach the Services Menu.
    • Select the Change of Extraprovincial Name (NWPTA) option under the NWPTA Submissions category.
    • Read the overview information provided to ensure you have all the information before you begin.

Note: Under the NWPTA, there are no additional fees to register your name change in Alberta or Saskatchewan. However, you will be required to pay for the name search in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan.

Use this filing to appoint a new attorney, revoke an existing attorney or to change attorney or head office address information. 

  1. Submit changes through Corporate Online.
    • Choose the Other filings, services and paper forms option to reach the Services Menu.
    • Select the Change or Update Attorney (NWPTA) option under the NWPTA Submissions category.
    • Read the overview information provided to ensure you have all the information before you begin.
  1. Provide the following details in a letter addressed to BC Registries and Online Services:
    • extraprovincial company name
    • extraprovincial registration number
    • full name of attorney / power of attorney resigning
    • mailing address of attorney (street, city, province, country and postal code)
    • confirmation that 60 days notice has been given to the company
    • signature of attorney
    • date signed
    • email address or telephone number (optional)
  2. Mail or fax letter to BC Registries and Online Services

Note: The corporation must appoint a primary attorney as soon as possible. Failure to appoint a new primary attorney may result in the cancellation of the corporation’s extraprovincial registration in Alberta.

  1. Provide the following details in a letter addressed to BC Registries and Online Services:
    • extraprovincial company name
    • extraprovincial registration number
    • full name of power of attorney resigning
    • mailing address of attorney (street, city, province, country and postal code)
    • date power of attorney resignation sent to company
    • effective date of resignation
    • signature of attorney
    • date signed
    • email address or telephone number (optional)
  2. Mail or fax letter to BC Registries and Online Services
  1. Provide the following details in a letter addressed to BC Registries and Online Services:
    • name of company (and any assumed name used in Alberta)
    • registration number assigned in Alberta
    • details of the change (include any request to cancel the registration of the British Columbia company as an extraprovincial corporation in Alberta)
    • name and signature of the authorized signing authority for the extraprovincial company
    • date submitted
  2. Mail or fax letter to BC Registries and Online Services
  1. Submit changes through Corporate Online.
    • Choose the Other filings, services and paper forms option to reach the Services Menu.
    • Select the Cancel Extraprovincial Partner (NWPTA) option under the NWPTA Submissions category.
    • Read the overview information provided to ensure you have all the information before you begin.

If the company needs to be restored in B.C. as well as Alberta and/or Saskatchewan:

  1. Search and reserve your business name in B.C.
    • Submit a name request through Name Request Online.
    • Indicate you also need an Alberta name search (NUANS) and/or a Saskatchewan name search.
    • A numbered name does not require approval for use in Alberta or Saskatchewan.
  2. Complete the steps to restore the corporation in B.C.
  3. Complete additional forms for the applicable provinces.
  4. Mail all documents and fees to BC Registries and Online Services.

Once a company has been restored in B.C., BC Registries and Online Services will automatically send your information provided in step 4 above to Alberta and /or Saskatchewan so they can register your company there.

If the company is active with BC Registries and Online Services but needs to be reactivated in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan:

  1. Search and reserve your business name:
    • To reserve your name in Alberta, contact Dye & Durham at 800-665-6211.
    • To reserve your name in Saskatchewan, contact Saskatchewan at 866-275-4721
  2. Submit your registration through Corporate Online.
    • Choose the Other filings, services and paper forms option to reach the Services Menu.
    • Select the Register a BC Company with a New West Partner (NWPTA) option under the NWPTA Submissions category.
    • Read the overview information provided to ensure you have all the information before you begin.

Confirmation of extraprovincial registration will be issued by the Alberta Registry and/or Saskatchewan Registry to the attorney or power of attorney listed on the Information for Registration of a B.C. Company form.

Under NWPTA you will no longer be required to file annual reports in the extraprovincial jurisdictions, however you will still be required to keep information about your head office and attorney for service up to date as well as any changes regarding corporate name or status such as amalgamation or continuation to another jurisdiction.