Modernization Initiative

BC Registries and Online Services has started a phased, multi-year modernization initiative to replace and improve the applications used for the Corporate, Personal Property and Manufactured Homes Registries. 

Our vision is to develop a better service experience and make it easier for citizens and businesses to complete transactions and filings with the province of BC and across other jurisdictions, manage accounts and pay for services.

We will continue to post additional information and updates to this page as we move through the process. We encourage you to check back regularly.


Updates and Announcements

(March 22, 2021) - Application Programming Interface (API) information session on Thursday, April 22nd

BC Registries and Online Services will be hosting an information session on Application Programming Interface (API) Services, on Thursday, April 22nd, 9:00 – 10:30 AM. 
If your organization is currently screen scraping or interested in using API’s, we encourage you to attend this session to discuss the work completed to date on the Business Registry APIs, including Personal Property Registry and the Business Registry (i.e., corporate filings, name requests).

During this meeting, we will:

  • Introduce you to our team
  • Provide you with a brief overview of the Registries Modernization Initiative as it relates to the Business Registry and Personal Property Registry
  • Demo the account set-up - includes authenticating and setting up your payment method
  • Discuss the timelines for the APIs
  • Host a workshop to enable a more detailed discussion of the API

Please RSVP to BCREG.Engagement@gov.bc.ca and include:

  1. Names of all individuals wishing to participate in the session.
  2. Email address for all participants.
  3. The API Services you are interested in.
  4. Any questions you would like to submit prior to the session.

What is an API? :  An API (Application Programming Interface) is a technical/back-end solution to allow clients to connect to the Registry application, to retrieve and/or update the data. The API allows two systems to talk to one another. API users need to build their own interface to allow clients or their staff to use the data. The reason an organization may want to use an API is if you are completing a high-volume of transactions, API’s is a more efficient way to retrieve and send information between two systems. Most BC Online users will NOT use API’s and would setup a premium account in the new application to access the Business Registry and PPR.

(February 22, 2021) - New payment methods launched in the Business Registry

The Business Registry has expanded payment methods to include online banking and pre-authorized debit (PAD). The Business Registry is currently used to start a benefit company, request a name and keep cooperatives up to date, with more services being launched over time.

Clients with basic accounts (pay-as-you-go account for people who file on behalf of their own businesses) can continue to pay with credit card or may pay with online banking through certain financial institutions.

Clients with premium accounts (pre-authorized account for firms and companies who file for a large number of businesses) can continue to pay with BC OnLine draw-down accounts or pay with PAD. When paying with PAD, fees will be automatically deducted from your bank account two days after a filing is completed.

Click here for some frequently asked questions.

(February 16, 2021) -  New Name Request (NR) application for BC OnLine users - coming spring 2021

A new and contemporary name request application was recently launched by BC Registries and Online Services. BC OnLine users will need to use the new Name Request on the Business Registry to submit and look up name requests soon. Users are now able to login  using BC Services Card / Mobile Card or a notary, set up new payment types and manage account access on a self-serve basis!

BC OnLine access to Name Request Online (NRO) will not be shut down for a few months but, to ensure a smooth transition, users are encouraged to set up new accounts today.

  1. Access the Name Request through the link below and click “Create Account” at the top right of the page.

  2. Login using the BC Services Card / Mobile Card or use a notary to verify your identity.

  3. Select account type (Premium is recommended for BC OnLine users).

  4. Setup payment methods.

  5. Add team members.

Set up a new account for Name Request.

(December 15, 2020) - New Name Request (NR) application now available for credit card users

As part of the ongoing BC Registries and Online Services Modernization Initiative, a new Names Request application for clients paying with credit cards is now available. This is the first major release for Name Request with subsequent releases to follow

In addition to having a more contemporary and modern design, this new application will make picking a name for a business or legal entity faster and easier because it advises if a name request is likely to be approved or not. This is the first major release for Name Request with subsequent releases to follow. More details will be made available in the near future.

We have put together some Frequently Ask Questions (PDF 179KB)  to give you more information about the new Name Request application. 

(June 30, 2020) - Benefit companies in effect

The Business Corporations Act has been amended as of June 30th, 2020 to include a new type of corporation: benefit companies. This new type of corporation is a for-profit company that commits to conducting its business in a responsible and sustainable way. Click here to learn more about benefit companies.

(June 29, 2020) – If you are not a resident of B.C. or not able to use a BC Services Card, a new login option to access the Business Registry is now available

The BC Services Card is the preferred option to login for B.C. residents; however, if you are not a resident of B.C. or not able to use a BC Services Card, you can follow these steps to create an account.

  1. Select the account option for non-residents here
  2. Visit a local notary to notarize an affidavit that verifies your identity. You can download the affidavit and find more information on what to bring to the notary here
  3. If you already have a BCeID, login with your existing BCeID. Otherwise register a Basic BCeID account and follow the steps to login  on the BC Registries website.
  4. To secure your account, download an authenticator app like Google or Microsoft Authenticator or FreeOTP for your mobile device.
  5. Follow the steps in the Registries website to link the authenticator app on your mobile device with your account.  
  6. A one-time code will be sent to your mobile authenticator app. Enter the code in the BC Registries website to complete login
  7. Complete the steps to setup your account, including uploading the notarized affidavit and entering the contact information of the notary.
  8. Once complete, submit your request for an account to BC Registries staff for review.
  9. BC Registries staff will review your account request which can take 3-5 business days.
  10. Once your request has been reviewed, you will be notified by email.

 

(May 20, 2020) – Introducing a new payment method for the Business Registry filings

BC OnLine prime contact users can add the BC OnLine deposit account payment information to pay for the Business Registry filings.

This is an alternative payment method to using a credit card and a convenient way to pay for a high-volume of filings for multiple businesses.

BC Online prime contact users have the system access to set up this payment method and manage user access for the account. Click here for more information on how to invite users to an account and manage user access.

How do I change my account so I can pay using my BC OnLine deposit account?

  1. Login to the Business Registry
  2. Click on your name, located on the top right-hand menu.
  3. Click Account Info.
  4. Click Change account type
  5. Click on the Premium Account option - I make more than 10 transaction per month.
  6. The BC Online Prime Contact will then proceed to enter the Prime contact User ID and password.

 

BC OnLine pre-funded accounts take 3-5 days to set-up and can be funded with a variety of payment methods, including pre-authorized debit and online banking.

Click here for more information on how to set up a BC OnLine account.

Additional payment types will continue to be added to the Business Registry over time.

Click here to see the Frequently Asked Questions.