Transition from BC OnLine to the Business Registry
The Business Registry was developed as part of a phased, multi-year modernization initiative to make access to registry services easier and improve ways of starting and operating a legal entity in B.C.
Currently, the Business Registry can be used to:
- Request names for businesses or organizations
- Start a benefit company
- Complete filings for cooperatives
Additional services will continue to be added.
You'll need a new account to use services that have moved from BC OnLine to the Business Registry application.
You will need to select a premium account. A premium account is required for BC OnLine users:
- Complete an unlimited number of transactions a month
- Have unlimited users
- Pay with pre-authorized debit or a BC OnLine account
- View and export transaction history or financial statements
The prime account holder of an existing BC OnLine account must set up the premium account. They will become the Business Registry account administrator.
If you currently have a basic account you will need to deactivate your account.
- ADMINS can deactivate this account by logging in, click “Account Info”
- click “Deactivate Account”.
Once the basic account is deactivated, you will need to complete account set up again, using a premium account.
BC OnLine user IDs and passwords will not be added to the Business Registry.
Each team member must be invited to join the account by an account administrator or coordinator. Once they accept the invitation, they'll need to verify their identity using a BC Services Card or BCeID and 2-factor authentication. This will ensure no one is impersonating you or committing identity theft. Verifying your identity is necessary to enhance transparency, protect British Columbians and ensure lawful transactions.
Note: If you use mobile BC Services Card, you won’t need to remember a user ID and password.
If you choose to have a premium account, you can link to a BC OnLine account or pre-authorized debit account to automatically make payments. Learn about other payment options.
Note: If you want to switch the payment method from BC OnLine to pre-authorized debit, you will need to use your BC OnLine deposit account until the confirmation period ends, then you can switch over.
BC OnLine account
Link your Business Registry account to your BC OnLine account by entering a BC OnLine Prime Contact user ID and password.
If your BC OnLine account is unavailable and you need to complete a time-sensitive filing, create a basic account. This will allow you to pay by credit card. The transaction will not appear in your BC OnLine statement.
To complete the filing, you'll need to transfer control of the business you're filing for in the "Manage Business" dashboard:
- Remove the business from your premium account
- Add the business to your basic account (you'll need the corporation number and, for coops, the passcode)
Transactions completed using a BC OnLine account as a payment method (for premium accounts) in the Business Registry will also show in BC OnLine reporting. BC OnLine will continue to provide the same reports as it does today.
You will also see financial statements and transaction history in the account settings of your premium account, but only for transactions purchased in the new Business Registry.