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British Columbia - Canada Company Formations

We can incorporate your company in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

This province is suitable for non-Canadian residents who require a Canadian Corporation.

The British Columbia Business Corporations Act, has no residency requirements for company directors.

British Columbia Company Formation

Company incorporation includes:

  • NUANS Name Search Report of your proposed corporate name
  • Preparation and filing of Certificate of Incorporation and Articles of Incorporation
  • Provincial Government filing Fee
  • Electronic filing the incorporation documents
  • Minute Book with Registers & Ledgers
  • Shares Certificates
  • Shareholder ledgers for each shareholder
  • Preparation of Corporate By-Laws which sets out the organisation of the Corporation
  • Preparation of the Register of Directors, Register of Shareholders, Register of Officers and the Stock Transfer Register
  • Preparation of Organisational Minutes - covering the election of directors and officers, issuing shares, the form of share certificates and fixing the number of directors
  • Delivery of documents by FedEx / DHL courier

Documents and Information

To incorporate your company in the province of British Columbia, we require:

  • The proposed name of your company
  • Names and addresses of directors
  • Names and addresses of officers

NUANS - British Columbia Company Name Search Report

A company name search will be submitted to the provincial government in order to register your company. The report is used to establish the availability of your company name by searching the registries,detailing any existing companies with conflicting names and or trademarks.

A NUANS (Newly Updated Automated Name Search) report is needed for incorporation in British Columbia,

Canada Extra-Provincial Corporation Registration

Once your British Columbia company has been formed and requires to operate in another province, you register your company as an Extra-Provincial Corporation.

You may register your company in all Canadian provinces including Ontario and Alberta, even if your directors are not Canadian residents.

Your company must register as an Extra-Provincial Corporation within 30 days of commencing business within the province.

Step by Step Guide to Incorporating in British Columbia

Choosing a Company Name company

  • A British Columbia company's name must end with Corporation, Incorporated, Limited, Limitée, Corp., Inc., Ltd. or Ltée.
  • A British Columbia company's name must be in English, French or a version in both.
  • You may choose to be issued a number, instead of a name, known as a Numbered Corporation. This can quicken the incorporation process.

Registered Office in British Columbia for your company

  • The registered office of a company is the legal address relevant to government authorities.
  • Will generally be the principal place of business of the company.

Shareholders of your company

  • Every company can have between 1 and 50 shareholders.
  • You will need the residential addresses of all shareholders.

Directors for your company

  • Every company must have at least one director.
  • There are no Canadian residency requirements for directors in British Columbia.
  • You will submit each directors residential address, resident status and their profession.

Officers

  • You must appoint a President and a Secretary for your British Columbia Company
  • An officer can hold several positions (i.e. be both the President, Secretary and Treasurer)
  • There are no Canadian residency requirement for officers

Share Capital

Your company's minimum authorised share capital is CA$1.

There is no limit on the number of shares that your company may issue.

Registered Agent & Registered Office in British Columbia

Your company requires a registered office, which will be the official address used by all government authorities. You will need a address in British Columbia that is either a commercial or residential address.

All relevant government and commercial documents will be sent to the registered office address.

System Day can act as your registered agent and provide a registered office for your company. Our incorporation fee includes this service for a year.

Timescale to Incorporate in British Columbia

Incorporation of your British Columbian company will take around 2 weeks.

British Columbia Company Incorporation - Fees

The cost of incorporating a company in the Canadian province of British Columbia, with standard share capital and standard Memorandum and Articles of Association is £2200. The company formation procedure in British Columbia normally takes 2 weeks.

British Columbia - Named Corporatio

  • Provincial or NUANS® Name Search Report of your proposed corporate name
  • Preparation and filing of Certificate of Incorporation and Articles of Incorporation
  • British Columbia Government filing Fee
  • Electronic filing the incorporation documents
  • Minute Book with Registers & Ledgers
  • Shares Certificates
  • Shareholder ledgers for each shareholder
  • Preparation of Corporate By-Laws which sets out the organisation of the Corporation
  • Preparation of the Register of Directors, Register of Shareholders, Register of Officers and the Stock Transfer Register
  • Preparation of Organisational Minutes - covering the election of directors and officers, issuing shares, the form of share certificates and fixing the number of directors
  • Delivery of documents by FedEx / DHL courier

Additional Services

Canadian Telephone (+1) redirected worldwide answering service

Registered office address in British Columbia

British Columbia Advantages
  • Time - only 2 weeks to incorporate your British Columbia company
  • Cost - a British Columbia company will cost £2200
  • Share Capital - the minimum share capital requirement is CA$1
  • Directors - only 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your company
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder is required
  • Registered Office - your company requires a registered office and registered agent, which we can provide
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process