Using B.C. in a Name

Using the initials "B.C.", "BC" or "British Columbia" in a name, such as a business or society name, is restricted. This restriction ensures individuals or organizations don’t appear to be:

  • Acting on behalf of the B.C. Government
  • Providing the functions of the B.C. Government

There are three steps to request permission to use “"B.C.", "BC" or "British Columbia" in a name:

  1. Request and reserve your name choice
  2. Once you’ve received approval for your name choice, submit an application for permission to use “B.C.”, "BC" or “British Columbia” in your name (PDF)
  3. To complete the process, advise BC Registry Services you have received permission