Incorporated companies

Incorporating a business creates a legal entity called a corporation or company. An incorporated company has all the powers of a person and is independent from its shareholders. It can acquire assets, go into debt, enter into contracts, sue or be sued.

Types of corporations

Note: Cooperative associations and societies are not-for-profit organizations that can also be incorporated, but they follow different laws.

Limited companies are the most common type of incorporated company. The company's shareholders liability is limited to their investments or commitments in the business.

Unlimited liability companies (ULCs) are corporations where shareholders are liable if the company declares bankruptcy. Shareholders can receive some tax benefits for assuming the risk.

Benefit companies are for-profit corporations that promote public benefits for communities, organizations or the environment. Activities could include: artistic, charitable, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, literary, medical, religious, scientific or technological.

Community contribution companies (CCCs) are for-profit corporations that contribute the majority of profits to a social purpose. For example, shareholder dividends are limited to 40% of annual profits and there are guidelines for salaries paid to staff. CCCs do not receive donations or income tax exemptions.

Financial institutions include incorporated credit unions, trust companies and insurance companies. They operate according to the Financial Institutions Act (trust and insurance companies) and Credit Union Act.

Credit unions, trust companies and private sector insurers operating in B.C. are regulated the BC Financial Service Authority.

Part 6.1 of the School Act, provides for the formation of a B.C. school district business company and applies certain sections of the Business Corporations Act.

 

Incorporate a business

Businesses do not have to incorporate, but incorporating has advantages. An incorporated company is a legal entity. It's independent of its members. This makes it easier to enter into contracts, incur debt or get funding.

Deciding whether to incorporate depends on the goals of the organization and needs of the individuals involved.

Before incorporating, consider the different structure options available. Choose your business structure.

You may want to get advice from a chartered accountant or lawyer before setting up your business. There are several things to consider when setting up a corporation such as setting up minute or records books, establishing a central securities register, transparency register and issuing share certificates. It's best to get legal advice to make sure all requirements have been met.

Request and reserve a business name online ($30 fee).

Companies must have their name approved and confirm that it doesn't conflict with a name already being used by a corporation. Incorporated companies must include a corporate designation in their name (e.g. Inc., Ltd, ULC, CCC). Find out how to choose the right name.

If you're using the incorporation number as the company’s name, you do not need to request and reserve a name. The incorporation number will be assigned when the incorporation application is filed. Here are some examples of using the incorporation number as the business name:

  • 0123456 B.C. Community Contribution Company
  • 0123456 B.C. Ltd.
  • 0123456 BC Unlimited Liability Company

It takes about 7 to 14 days to process a name request. Once it's complete, you'll receive a name reservation number you can use to incorporate your business. Be sure to complete the incorporation before the name reservation expires (56 days after it's approved). If not, you'll need to submit another name request.

Request priority service ($100 fee) if you need to have a name approved in 1 to 2 business days.

The articles are the rules for the company, shareholders, directors and officers. The articles become part of the company’s formal records.

Use a sample set of articles (PDF, 48.9KB) or ask a professional to draft the articles for you.

Benefit companies must include a benefit statement or provision in its articles. This includes outlining:

  • Its public benefits and commitments to promote those public benefits
  • Its commitment to conduct business in a responsible and sustainable manner

Directors of a benefit company must balance their duty to act in the best interests of company with their new duties to conduct business in a responsible and sustainable manner and promote the company’s specified public benefits. Read the legislation for specific rules.

Community contribution companies must include its primary community purposes in the articles.

Unlimited liability companies must include the following shareholder liability statement in its articles: "The shareholders of this company are jointly and severally liable to satisfy the debts and liabilities of this company to the extent provided in section 51.3 of the Business Corporations Act." The statement will appear on the Notice of Articles issued by the registrar and it must also be included on each share certificate issued.

An incorporation agreement must be signed by each person (incorporator) forming the company. Usually the incorporators become the shareholders and directors once the company is incorporated.

The agreement becomes part of the company’s records and must contain:

  • The agreement of each incorporator to take one or more shares of the company
  • The signature of each incorporator along with their full name and the date each incorporator signed the agreement
  • The number of shares of each class being taken by each incorporator

There is no need to file the agreement online. Keep the agreement in your records book. When opening a bank account, the bank may ask to see this document.

Community contribution companies must have at least 3 directors who must act with a view to the "community purposes."


Most companies

Apply using Corporate Online ($350 fee, $1000 fee for ULC).


Benefit companies


Extraprovincial (out-of-province) corporations

B.C. corporations that plan to do business in other provinces or out-of-province corporations doing business in B.C. need to complete extraprovinical business registration.


You will need the name request number. If you can't register online, complete a paper form and ask a law firm or registry agent to submit the forms for you.

Once the incorporation application is processed, you will receive the following documents by email or mail, depending on the method selected:

  • The original Certificate of Incorporation
  • A certified copy of the Incorporation Application
  • A certified copy of the Notice of Articles
  • A cover sheet that includes the company’s incorporation number and business number

Keep these documents as part of the company’s records. You will need the incorporation number when you file other documents.

"Business incorporation" with the provincial government is different than getting a "business license." Check with your municipal/local government about how to get a business license in the area where you live or want to do business.

 

Manage an incorporated company


Hold an annual general meeting

Corporations can host annual meetings in-person, virtually or a combination of both. Requirements for hosting in-person or virtual annual meetings should be included in the corporation's articles, rules or bylaws. 

Amendments to the Business Corporations Act now provide companies the permanent ability to host fully or partially electronic meetings.  This permanent change will support improved engagement and help remove barriers to participation for people who are unable to attend in-person meetings. 

A corporate entity may determine the appropriate platform for an electronic meeting, provided all attendees can participate. If an online meeting platform is chosen, organizers should consider providing a telephone option for people without access to a computer

Making a request for an Annual General Meeting extension:

On the application of the company, the registrar may, if satisfied that it is appropriate to do so and on the terms and conditions the registrar considers appropriate, allow the company to hold their annual general meeting on a date that is later than the date by which the meeting is required to be held under Section 182 (1) of the Business Corporations Act.

To request an AGM extension please complete the following process:

Please email AGM extension requests to bcregistries@gov.bc.ca. A cover letter is not necessary if the applicable information is in the body of the email. Ensure to have the company incorporation number and name, year of AGM to be extended, date of last AGM held, and reason for extension request.  There is no fee charged for this request. Generally an extension will be granted provided the following criteria is met:

  1. The company is in good standing with its annual reports;
  2. The request is received prior to the date the AGM should have been held; and
  3. The company has not previously been granted 12 months of extension for the applicable AGM.

The longest extension granted at one time is six months.  If the company requires more time, when it gets closer to the extension expiring they can send a request for a subsequent delay.  The maximum period we will extend is 12 months.

If an AGM was delayed into a new year, the company will need to hold two AGMs in that subsequent year as per legislation requirements to hold an AGM each calendar year. 


File an annual report ($43.39 fee)

Incorporated companies must file an annual report each year within 2 months of the anniversary date of the company’s incorporation, amalgamation, extraprovincial registration or continuation into B.C. You will need an access code or company password to complete the filing. Your access code for online filing is on the annual report reminder.

Log in to Corporate Online or the Business Registry (benefit companies only). Pay by credit or pre-authorized debit card, or use a BC OnLine account.

If you cannot file the application electronically, prepare the paper forms and contact a lawyer, notary or other service provider to submit the forms for you. Check with the service provider about additional fees.

Financial statements and meeting minutes are not filed with the annual report. Keep these documents with other records at your registered office.


Set up an annual report reminder

Log in to Corporate Online to request a reminder email. It will be sent to any primary email addresses provided. If you set-up a reminder, you will be emailed a reminder and access code annually.

Benefit companies: Annual report reminders are automatically setup and cannot be removed. Reminders are sent to your company's registered office email address.

Keep your contact information up to date to make sure you get your annual reminders.


Some corporations produce additional annual reports

 

Benefit companies must also produce an annual benefit report that provides an assessment of the company’s performance against a third-party standard. The third-party standard defines, reports and assesses the performance of a benefit company in conducting its business in a responsible and sustainable manner and in relation to its public benefits. For example, if a benefit company chooses to promote environmental public benefits, it may have to complete a questionnaire or report on specific aspects of its activities which will be scored or evaluated to assess its performance.

A benefit company must choose a third-party standard that it will use to assess its performance in meeting its commitments to conduct its business in a responsible and sustainable manner and to promote its public benefits. A benefit company applies the assessment to itself. The third party does not perform the assessment and there is no government oversight of the assessment.

The benefit report is not filed with the registry. It must be kept at the company’s registered office. The report must be made accessible to the public without charge. This includes making it available on the company's website, if it has one.

Community contribution companies must publish an annual community contribution report for the B.C. government describing the company’s social spending, community activities and dividend payments.


Keep company information up to date.

Option 1: Make changes through Corporate Online or the Business Registry (benefit companies only).

Option 2: Fill out a form. Even if you will be submitting your changes online, you may wish to fill out a paper copy of the application first to make you have everything you need before you start the online process. Follow the filing and payment instructions on the form. The form will let you know if you should file online or by mail.

Make changes to an extraprovincial (out-of-province) company doing business in B.C. Most filings are completed online. Find out how to update information for extraprovincial companies.

Companies must be in good standing with their annual reports before changing the company name.


Step 1: Request a name

Request and reserve a business name online ($30 fee). Businesses must have their name approved and confirm it's not being used by another business. Incorporated companies must include a corporate designation in their name (e.g. Inc., Ltd, ULC, CCC). Find out how to choose the right name.

If you're using the incorporation number as the company’s name, you do not need to request and reserve a name. The incorporation number will be assigned when the incorporation application is filed. Here are some examples of using the incorporation number as the business name:

  • 0123456 B.C. Community Contribution Company
  • 0123456 B.C. Ltd.
  • 0123456 BC Unlimited Liability Company

Step 2: Submit the name change

Submit an application to "Change Your Company Name" through Corporate Online ($100 fee).

You will need your name reservation number, incorporation number, company password and customer profile ID.

You could also ask a lawyer, notary or other service provider to submit it for you. Check with the service provider about additional fees.


Benefit companies: Submit a name change through the Business Registry ($100 fee).

From the company dashboard, click "view and change company information."

You will need your name reservation number and the phone number or email used to request the name.


Once a new name is approved, the previous name will be removed from the register and may be used by another organization.

Step 1: Follow the procedures to file a Notice of Change of Directors outlined in the Business Corporations Act Part 5 – Management. This includes information about:

  • Electing or appointing succeeding directors
  • Consents required for directors
  • Qualifications of directors
  • When to file director changes

Step 2: File a Notice of Change of Directors ($20 fee) using Corporate Online or the Business Registry (benefit companies only).

You will need the incorporation number and company password. Under section 427 of the Business Corporations Act it is an offence to make a false or misleading statement in respect of a material fact in a record submitted to the Corporate Registry for filing.

All companies that are incorporated can withdraw a filing ($20 fee) as long as the filing is future dated and has not yet taken effect. This includes submissions for incorporation, dissolution, amalgamation, change of address or Notice of Alteration. There are no refunds for the filing that's being withdrawn.

Withdrawals need to be submitted before 2:30pm the day before the filing takes place. Complete the Notice of Withdrawal form (PDF, 117KB) and submit it along with payment using one of the following options:

  • By courier to the BC Registries office with a cheque (200-940 Blanshard Street)
  • By email to bcregistries@gov.bc.ca with authorization for BC Registries to take payment from your BC OnLine account, if you have one

If you need to withdraw a filing immediately and you don't have a BC OnLine account to submit the filing, contact a lawyer, notary or other service provider who can complete it for you (e.g. Dye & Durham).

Note: You cannot use the Business Registry to withdraw a filing at this time.

Financial institutions and credit unions (including extraprovincial registered financial institutions) need to file documents with BC Registries and the BC Financial Service Authority (regulatory filings). For more information about filing requirements, contact the BC Registries helpdesk: 1-877-526-1526.

Look up B.C. School District Business Company forms for filing. For more information about filing requirements, contact the BC Registries helpdesk: 1-877-526-1526.

 

Look up information about an incorporated company

Records filed by corporations can be accessed by the public for a small fee. Find out how to submit a search request.

Financial statements, meeting minutes and information about shareholders or share certificates are not part of filed records. You can request this information by contacting the company.

Amalgamate corporations

Two or more corporations can amalgamate to become a new company. Companies must be up to date with annual report filings. Amalgamation with a community contribution company is only allowed if the end result is an amalgamated community contribution company.

It would be best to seek legal advice before amalgamating. Read about amalgamation in the Business Corporations Act to determine the type of amalgamation that applies to your situation.

Find out more about long-form or short-form amalgamation: Government of Canada: Guide on amalgamating business corporations


Vertical or horizontal (short-form) amalgamation

A simplified, short-form amalgamation can be used if:

  • A subsidiary corporation is wholly owned by the other corporation its amalgamating with (called a short-form vertical amalgamation)
  • The amalgamating corporations are all wholly owned subsidiaries of the same holding body corporate (called a short-form horizontal amalgamation)

To complete a short-form amalgamation, the directors of each amalgamating corporation need to:

  • Approve the amalgamation
  • File articles of amalgamation

Shareholders of the amalgamating corporations do not need to approve the amalgamation.


Regular (long-form) amalgamation

If amalgamating corporations don't meet criteria for a short-form amalgamation, they need to complete the following steps to amalgamate:

  • The shareholders of each amalgamating corporation must approve the amalgamation
  • The amalgamating corporations must enter into an amalgamation agreement
  • The amalgamating corporations then file articles of amalgamation along with the amalgamation agreement to obtain a certificate of amalgamation

Amalgamate to become a foreign corporation

Make sure the jurisdiction you're amalgamating to allows amalgamation.

Complete and submit the Amalgamation into a Foreign Jurisdiction form (PDF, 250KB) with the $350 fee by mail. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance.


Amalgamate with a corporation in another province

If an extraprovincial (out-of-province) company is part of an amalgamation and the resulting company will carry on business in B.C., complete and submit the Amalgamation Application form (PDF, 213KB) with the $350 fee by mail. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance.

A Notice of Amalgamation should also be filed within 2 months of the amalgamation.


Step 1: If the resulting amalgamated company does not already have an approved business name in B.C., request and reserve a business name online ($30 fee). Companies must have their name approved and confirm it's not being used by another business. Incorporated companies must include a corporate designation in their name (e.g. Inc., Ltd, ULC, CCC). Find out how to choose the right name.

If you're using the incorporation number as the company’s name, you do not need to request and reserve a name. The incorporation number will be assigned when the incorporation application is filed. Here are some examples of using the incorporation number as the business name:

  • 0123456 B.C. Community Contribution Company
  • 0123456 B.C. Ltd.
  • 0123456 BC Unlimited Liability Company

Step 2: Submit an amalgamation application through Corporate Online ($350 fee). You will need your name reservation number, incorporation number, company password and customer profile ID. If you cannot file online complete complete a paper form and submit it along with payment using the instructions on the form. Make cheques payable to the Minister of Finance. You could also ask a lawyer, notary or other service provider to submit it for you. Check with the service provider regarding additional fees.

Once the amalgamation process is complete:

  • Notification of the amalgamation will be published as part of the public record
  • The new corporation will receive certified copies of documents, including a certificate of amalgamation

 

Dissolve a corporation

Complete the cancellation through Corporate Online ($20) or by submitting a form:

If a community contribution company is dissolved, a maximum of 40% of its assets may be distributed to shareholders. The remainder must be transferred to a charity or other asset-locked community entity.

COVID-19 update: At the discretion of the Registrar, corporations will not be dissolved for not filing annual reports for 2 years. This will remain in effect during the COVID state of emergency.


A corporation may be dissolved if they don't file an annual report for 2 consecutive years or doesn't file any other return, notice of document required by the Act.

Request a delay of dissolution. If your corporation receives notice of dissolution but would like to continue operating, request a delay of dissolution or cancellation through Corporate Online.

 

Restore a corporation

You can restore or reinstate:

  • A company that was incorporated in B.C. but was dissolved
  • An extraprovincial (out-of-provice) company that has had its registration cancelled in B.C.

A company can apply for a limited restoration or reinstatement so that legal transactions can be completed (i.e. outstanding taxation issues, removing or transferring assets or insurance on vehicles left in the company name). 

A company may be restored for a limited period up to a period of 2 years. At the end of the limited restoration period, the company is automatically dissolved. If you require assistance to extend a limited restoration/reinstatement or wish to convert your restoration from a limited period to a full restoration, contact BC Registries at 1-877-526-1526 or 250-387-7848

You must apply for restoration by the court if:

  • An asset has escheated to the Crown
  • A B.C. company was dissolved prior to March 29, 2004
  • You're restoring an unlimited liability company (ULC)

For limited restoration, follow the steps and complete the checklist in one of the following information packages:

For limited restoration of a benefit company, contact BC Registries at 1-877-526-1526 or 250-387-7848

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 must apply for restoration by the court if:

  • An asset has escheated to the Crown
  • A B.C. company was dissolved prior to March 29, 2004
  • You're restoring an unlimited liability company (ULC)

For full restoration, follow the steps and complete the checklist in one of the following information packages:

For limited restoration of a benefit company, contact BC Registries at 1-877-526-1526 or 250-387-7848.

If a dissolved company holds an asset and only needs to transfer out an asset (e.g. a vehicle), they can apply for a ministerial order. Contact the Escheats Office at 250-356-8819 for an information package.

 

Register an extraprovincial (out-of-province) corporation

A company incorporated outside the province may register to operate in B.C. It's best to seek legal advice to ensure your company meets all the requirements for doing business in B.C.

To register a benefit company as an extraprovincial company, contact BC Registries at 1-877-526-1526 or 250-387-7848

Register a federal (Canadian) or foreign (out-of-province) corporation in B.C.

Companies from Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba can follow the simplified approach to registering an extraprovincial (out-of-province) company and keeping records up to date in B.C.


Step 1: Request a name

Request and reserve your business name online ($30 fee). Companies must have their name approved and confirm it's not being used by another company. Incorporated companies must include a corporate designation in their name (e.g. Inc., Ltd, ULC, CCC). Find out how to choose the right name.

Enter the name exactly as it appears on the Certificate of Incorporation. For example, include the period after Inc. or Ltd., if it's shown on the Certificate of Incorporation.

If you're using the incorporation number as the company’s name, the incorporation number will be assigned when the incorporation application is filed. Here are some examples of using the incorporation number as the company name:

  • 0123456 B.C. Community Contribution Company
  • 0123456 B.C. Ltd.
  • 0123456 BC Unlimited Liability Company

Federal corporations do not require a name reservation.

Companies that have their name rejected will need to adopt an assumed name for use in B.C. Follow the process to request and reserve an assumed business name online ($30 fee). Then, send a cover letter with the name undertaking attached. See a sample of an assumed name undertaking (PDF, 21.5KB).


Step 2: Get proof of existence

Companies formed outside of Canada with a name conditionally approved to register to operate in B.C. need to request proof of existence certified by the foreign entity’s home jurisdiction (e.g. a certificate of status).

The certificate must be dated within the last year and must be received by BC Registries before proceeding with online registration. Email the certificate with the name approval number to: consent.registries@gov.bc.ca.

Once the proof of existence is processed, the company name is approved and reserved.


Step 2: Submit a registration statement

Once the name has been approved and reserved, submit a registration statement through Corporate Online ($350 fee). If you cannot file the application electronically, complete the Extraprovincial Company Registration Statement (PDF, 149KB) or ask a lawyer, notary or other service provider to submit it for you.

Your company is extraprovincially registered as soon as you have paid. You will receive the following documents by email or mail, depending on the notification method selected:

  • The original Certificate of Registration
  • A certified copy of the Registration Statement
  • A cover sheet that includes the company’s registration number and business number

Keep these documents as part of the company’s records. You will need the registration number when you file other documents with us.

Business number. You will need the business number when applying for a GST number or other accounts at Canada Revenue Agency or the Ministry of Finance.


Register a U.S. limited liability corporation (LLC) in B.C.


Step 1: Request a name

Request and reserve a business name online ($30 fee). Companies must have their name approved and confirm it's not being used by another business. Incorporated companies must include a corporate designation in their name (e.g. LLC). Find out how to choose the right name.

The name must be the foreign entity’s own name in its current jurisdiction. If the name is not available, reserve and adopt an assumed name for use in B.C. Prepare a cover letter with the name undertaking attached. See a sample of an assumed name undertaking (PDF, 21.5KB).


Step 2: Get proof of existence

Companies formed outside of Canada with a name conditionally approved to register to operate in B.C. need to request proof of existence certified by the foreign entity’s home jurisdiction (e.g. a certificate of status).

The certificate must be dated within the last year and must be received by BC Registries before proceeding with online registration. Email the certificate with the name approval number to: consent.registries@gov.bc.ca.

Once the proof of existence is processed, the company name is approved and reserved.


Step 3: Submit a registration statement

Submit the following items by mail:

Once your application is processed, you will receive:

  • The original Certificate of Registration
  • A certified copy of the Registration Statement
  • A cover sheet that includes the company’s registration number and business number
  • An information sheet about maintaining your extraprovincial company

Keep these documents as part of the company’s records. You will need the registration number when you file other documents with us.

Business number. You will need the business number when applying for a GST number or other accounts at Canada Revenue Agency or the Ministry of Finance.


A company incorporated outside the province may decide to continue into B.C. It's best to seek legal advice to ensure your company meets all the requirements for conducting business in B.C.


Step 1: Request a name

Request and reserve a business name online ($30 fee). You can choose to reserve the company's current name, request and reserve a new name or continue as a numbered company. Businesses must have their name approved and confirm it's not being used by another business. Incorporated companies must include a corporate designation in their name (e.g. Inc., Ltd, ULC, CCC). Find out how to choose the right name.

If you're using the incorporation number as the company’s name, you do not need to request and reserve a name. The incorporation number will be assigned when the incorporation application is filed. Here are some examples of using the incorporation number as the business name:

  • 0123456 B.C. Community Contribution Company
  • 0123456 B.C. Ltd.
  • 0123456 BC Unlimited Liability Company

If you're using the company's current name, enter it exactly as it appears on the Certificate of Incorporation. For example, include the period after Inc. or Ltd., if it's shown on the Certificate of Incorporation.

If you're using the incorporation number as the company’s name, the incorporation number will be assigned when the incorporation application is filed. Here are some examples of using the incorporation number as the company name:

  • 0123456 B.C. Community Contribution Company
  • 0123456 B.C. Ltd.
  • 0123456 BC Unlimited Liability Company

Federal corporations do not require a name reservation.

Companies that have their name rejected will need to adopt an assumed name for use in B.C. Follow the process to request and reserve an assumed business name online ($30 fee). Then, send a cover letter with the name undertaking attached. See a sample of an assumed name undertaking (PDF, 21.5KB).


Step 2: Get written authorization from the home jurisdiction

Have a letter of authorization to continue operations in B.C. sent from the company's home jurisdiction. It must be addressed to BC Registries and Online Services and must clearly state:

  • The name of the corporation in its current jurisdiction
  • The corporate number assigned by the foreign/home jurisdiction
  • Confirmation that the corporation is authorized by an official of that jurisdiction to continue into B.C.
  • The name reservation number for the name that the corporation has reserved in B.C. (or previous B.C. registration number if company was previously registered as an extraprovincial company)

Email documents to: consent.letters@gov.bc.ca.

If the company was incorporated outside of Canada, a certificate of existence from the home jurisdiction is also required.

If the company is an Alberta unlimited liability company (ULC), a director affidavit or court order is also required. See Section D of the Unlimited Liability Company Continuation Application form (PDF, 194KB).


Step 3: Submit an application

Once you are notified that the authorization has been processed, submit an online continuation application through Corporate Online ($350 fee).

If you cannot file the application electronically, complete one of the following forms or ask a lawyer, notary or other service provider to submit the forms for you:

If you're using the incorporation number as the company's name, complete one the forms above and follow instructions on the form to submit it along with payment and the letter of authorization form from Step 2.

Once the application is process is complete, you will receive:

  • The original Certificate of Continuation
  • A certified copy of the Notice of Articles
  • A certified copy of the Continuation Application
  • A cover sheet that includes the company’s continuation number and business number

Keep these documents as part of the company’s records. You will need the incorporation number when you file other documents.

Business number. You will need the business number when applying for a GST number or other accounts at Canada Revenue Agency or the Ministry of Finance.


A company incorporated in B.C. must apply to receive authorization to continue outside of B.C. Community contribution companies in B.C. are not allowed to operate outside of B.C.


Step 1: Ensure the company is in good standing

This means the company has kept up to date with annual report filings and has met the requirement for the number of directors.

If your company has outstanding filings, submit them through Corporate Online.


Step 2: Apply to continue operations outside of B.C.

Complete a Continue Out Application form (PDF, 137KB) and submit it using the instructions on the form. Make your cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance. Include the name and address of the person who is to receive the letter of authorization issued by the registrar.

Once the form is filed, you will receive a letter authorizing the company to continue operations outside of B.C. The authorization expires six months after the date the letter of authorization is issued.

Note: Under section 310 of the Act, a company must not continue operating in another jurisdiction unless the laws of that jurisdiction provide for the provisions listed in item D of the Continue Out Application form (PDF, 137KB).


Step 3: Confirm operations in the new jurisdiction

Once the company has continued into the new jurisdiction, file a copy of the the document (e.g. a certificate or letter) issued by the foreign jurisdiction. Email the document to: BCRegistries@gov.bc.ca. File as soon as possible to confirm the continuation. There is no fee for filing.

Once the record has been filed, public notice will be published indicating that the company has continued out of the province under the Corporate Registry notices on the BC Laws website.


 

Ask for help

Contact the BC Registries helpdesk for help Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registry does not provide business or legal advice.

Email: BCRegistries@gov.bc.ca
Toll free: 1-877-526-1526
Victoria: 250-387-7848

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