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Canada – Non-Resident Company Formation

The provinces of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec allow non-Canadian residents to incorporate corporations.

After incorporation, your company may register as an Extra-Provincial Corporation in the other provinces that have Canadian-resident requirements.

Canada Fees to Incorporate

  • Company Formation from – £2200
  • Provision of Registered Office and Resident Agent – £800

Canada Annual Company Fees

  • Provision of Registered Office and Resident Agent – £800
  • Directors Register Maintenance – £120

Canada Key Points

  • Time – 2 weeks to incorporate your Canadian company
  • Directors – only 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your company
  • Share Capital – the minimum share capital requirement is CA$1
  • 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

Incorporating a Canadian Non-Resident Corporation

Our provincial incorporation package 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 Bylaws 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

Company Name

  • Your company’s name should end with Corporation, Incorporated, Limited, Limitée, Corp., Inc., Ltd. or Ltée.
  • Your company’s name must be in English, French or have a version in both.
  • You may choose to be issued a number, instead of a name, as the company’s legal name, known as a Numbered Corporation.

Canada Non-Resident Company Directors

Only one director is required for your corporation and there are no Canadian residency requirements for directors in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

A President and a Secretary must be appointed with no residency requirements for the officers. One person can hold several positions (i.e. be the President, Secretary and the Treasurer)

Registered Office for your company

  • The registered office of a company is the official address supplied to the relevant government authority.
  • Generally is the principal place of business of the company but does not have to be an office.
  • System Day can provide a registered office in Canada for you

Shareholders & Directors of your company

  • Your company must have between 1 and 50 shareholders.
  • Every company must have at least one director.
  • There are no Canadian residency requirements for directors in the provinces we incorporate in.

Officers for your company

  • A company must appoint a President and a Secretary.
  • An officer can hold several positions. (i.e. be the President, Secretary and the Treasurer

NUANS – Company Name Search Report

A company name search will be submitted to the provincial government. The report is used to establish the availability of your proposed company name, detailing any existing companies with conflicting names.

A NUANS – Newly Updated Automated Name Search report is needed for incorporation in Canada.