NEWS & UPDATES

Find out about the multi-year Modernization Initiative to improve all applications and enhance service delivery to citizens and businesses. 

Changes to Process 

June 9, 2020 - Extraprovincial Registrations for Corporations and Limited Partnerships plus new Extraprovincial forms available online

January 1, 2020:  Manitoba is now a partner with the New West Partnership Trade Agreement

January 22, 2019:  Name Requests Online - Email or phone number now required to search for a Name Request (for public/credit card users only)

June 9, 2020:  Extraprovincial Registrations for Corporations and Limited Partnerships plus new Extraprovincial forms online

Effective June 29, 2020 BC Registries and Online Services  implementing technical changes to exchange information with other jurisdictions in Canada through a new Multi-Jurisdictional Registry Access Service (MRAS). This new solution replaces the current mechanism to exchange information and fulfill the commitment under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA).  Beginning on June 29th, 2020, if you need to update your company’s extraprovincial registration in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba, you will be redirected to complete your filings in the appropriate jurisdiction. NWPTA will remain in effect, including the benefits of free filings for NWPTA Partners. 

MRAS is technical solution for jurisdictions to share information, whether or not the jurisdiction is a NWPTA partner, and supports a cross Canada initiative to “harmonize” extra-provincial corporate registration. Effective June, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and Corporations Canada will leverage MRAS to share information.  MRAS will exist behind the scenes and you will continue to use Corporate Online as your log in service to complete filings. There will be no need to login to MRAS. 

Furthermore, six (6) new Extraprovincial Self Serve Filings are now available in the Corporate Online Services Menu. The six new filings include:

Notice of Appointment of Attorney
Notice of Revocation of Appointment of Attorney
Notice of Change of Address of Attorney
Change of Head Office or Jurisdiction
Notice of Change of Extraprovincial Name
Notice of Ceasing to Carry on Business in BC

To access these filings you will need to set up a company password for your Extraprovincial company followed by a Customer Profile ID.  Information on how to complete these tasks are available on the Corporate Online Service Menu.


January 1, 2020:  Manitoba is now a partner with the New West Partnership Trade Agreement

Effective January 1, 2020, Manitoba became the latest partner to join the New West Partnership Trade Agreement. As a result, Manitoba corporations no longer need to pay filing fees. Manitoba companies doing business in B.C. should submit Registration Statements either electronically to bcregistries@gov.bc.ca, or a completed paper copy to Registries and Online Services at PO Box 9431, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9V3. Your registration will be filed for no fee. Go to the Registering an Extraprovincial Company for more information.


January 22, 2019:  Name Requests Online - Email or phone number now required to search for a Name Request (for public/credit card users only)

BC Registry Services has enhanced Name Requests Online to improve security, requiring applicants searching for a name request (NR) to enter the NR number and an email address or phone number to retrieve their name request. The email address and phone number must match what was used on the name request application. Please note, this change does not impact BC Online Users, only public/credit card users.