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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.

British Columbia Registered Office

Your company requires a registred office address in British Columbiua. The registered office of a company is the legal address relevant to Government authorities.

Shareholders

A minimum of one shareholder is required for your British Columbia Corporation. The residential address details of all shareholders is required.

Directors

Only one director is required with no restrictions placed on nationality or residency. Details of the directors residential address, resident status and their profession is required.

Canadian Corporation Officers

A President and a Secretary must be appointed. There are no Canadian residency requirement for officers and an officer can be both President and Secretary.

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.

British Columbia Corporation

  • 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
British Columbia Advantages
  • Time - 2-3 weeks to incorporate your British Columbia company
  • Cost - incorporation starts from £2900
  • Directors - only 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your company
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder is required
  • Share Capital - the minimum share capital requirement is CA$1
  • Provision of Registered Office and Resident Agent - 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
Required to Proceed
  • Company Name - We can check your company name is available
  • Passport - colour scan of your passport
  • Documents - copy of a utility bill, credit card or bank statement showing your private address
  • Start now - complete here
  • Upload - proof of address & copy passport can be uploaded here