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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 – £1640
  • Government Fee – CA$365
  • 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 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

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 Corporation Directors

Only one director required for your Corporation. There is 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.

Shareholders of your company

  • Your company must have between 1 and 50 shareholders.
  • You will provide the residential address of each shareholder.

Directors for your company

  • 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 – Nova Scotia 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.