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

New Name Request (NR) Application Available for Credit Card Users Effective December 16th

As part of the ongoing BC Registries and Online Services Modernization Initiative, a new Names Request application for clients paying with credit cards will be launched December 16th.  In addition to having a more contemporary and modern design, this new application will make picking a name for a business, society 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, including the ability to pay by online banking in mid-January. More details will be made available in the near future.
 

Are you a BC OnLine client using Names Request Online (NRO) within BC OnLine?
​In a few months, all BC OnLine users will need to switch over to the new NR application. For now, you can continue to use the Names Requests Online tab within BC OnLine; however, you also have the option to use the new NR application sooner.

  1. You will need to login and verify your identity using a Mobile Card, create an account and pay temporarily with your BC Online draw down account.
    Note: This payment method will be phased out in the future and pre-authorized (PAD) debit will be used.
  2. You could also submit a name request and pay by credit card.

 

Benefit Companies in effect, June 30th, 2020

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 BC 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 BC residents; however, if you are not a resident of BC 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.

 

March 24, 2020  Coming Soon – Pay for Cooperative Filings using a BC Online Account

In the coming months, the Business Registry users will be able to pay using a BC Online account, in addition to credit cards.

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.

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

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

December 2nd 2019 — New Feature in Cooperatives Online:

You can now create a team, so more than one person can access your cooperative’s filings. This makes it easier for management companies and law firms to file on behalf of their cooperative clients. Owners will be able to set up a team and invite additional members and administrators, so they can also file on behalf of the cooperative(s). Here’s how it works.

We will continue to release new improvements so we can meet cooperatives’ needs and provide the best possible online filing experience. Stay informed by using the “Subscribe” box on the right side of this page to receive our automatic updates.

November 4, 2019 — Do you manage a cooperative association in BC?

Check out the Business Registry now!  

With the Business Registry, you can now submit information and pay for filings quickly and easily with a credit card. This includes:

  • Filing your cooperative’s annual report
  • Reporting a change in your director
  • Providing new address information

The Business Registry also features secure login with the BC Services Card, which uses two-factor authentication to keep your information safe.

Starting on November 4th, the Business Registry replaces paper annual report, director change and address change filings for BC cooperatives.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Your BC Services Card, which is government’s trusted form of identification to access government services online
  • A mobile device or USB card reader
  • A credit card for payment
  • Your cooperative’s passcode from BC Registries and Online Services

If you manage a cooperative in BC, you can expect to receive your cooperative’s passcode in the mail at your registered office address in late November. If you would like your passcode earlier, please email bcregistries@gov.bc.ca and one will be generated for you.

Additional improvements are coming

BC Registries is modernizing its systems on an ongoing basis. This means that new features for cooperatives will be built and released regularly over the coming months. These new features will include additional payment methods, additional filings, and an online filing solution for cooperatives outside BC.

Stay informed by using the “Subscribe” box on the right side of this page to receive our automatic updates.

Want to learn more?

Sign up for the next online information session on November 7th. The session will run from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, and you can RSVP to BCREG.Engagement@gov.bc.ca.


September 27, 2019 – Modernizing Cooperative Filings

Cooperatives in BC will soon be able to file their reports securely online. This is part of BC Registries’ modernization effort and will make it easier than ever for cooperatives to keep their business information up to date.

Starting November 4, 2019, all BC cooperatives will submit annual reports, director changes and address changes online using the Business Registry, a new online tool that is the result of requests from cooperative associations to replace paper-based reporting.

The Business Registry also lets cooperatives pay for their filings online with a credit card and securely log in using their BC Services Card, which is government’s trusted form of identification for access to government services online.

In the future, more filing types will move online for BC cooperatives. Registries will also extend the online filing solution for cooperatives outside of B.C. in late 2020.

Curious? Learn more about online filing and the BC Services Card.

Two online sessions for any cooperatives that would like to learn more:

  • Session 1: October 2nd 3-4 p.m.
  • Session 2: October 17th 3-4 p.m.

To register and secure your spot for one of the online sessions please RSVP to BCReg.Engagement@gov.BC.ca.


July 16, 2019 - Modernization Initiative Update

Progress continues on the first phase of the modernization initiative. Soon, BC cooperatives will be able to easily file their annual reports, update directors and addresses, and pay for these filings online. With input from a sample of BC Cooperative associations, we are developing and testing an intuitive user interface for this application, which we will launch in late summer. We will continue to post here as the modernization continues, so be sure to check back for updates. Please also feel free to contact us using the email link in the sidebar to the right if you have any questions or would like to participate. 


March 15, 2019 - BC Registries and Online Services embarks on Modernization Initiative and is reaching out for your input

As BC Registries and Online Services moves through the modernization process with the various applications, there will be ongoing opportunities to provide input, preview and test prototypes through interviews, focus groups, feedback sessions, etc. Our immediate starting point will be cooperative filings, and whether you sign up to participate for this initial phase or future ones, we want to hear from you. Over the course of the initiative, we will continue to follow up with those that have responded to provide further details/invitations around specific opportunities for engagement.