Non-Residents now Register a Company in Canada
Visit Our Mobile Site

How to Incorporate a Business in British Columbia


The process for incorporating a company in BC is relatively straightforward.

This article will explain briefly the process for incorporating a corporation or limited company.

Selecting Name of Corporation
The first step is to decide if you will have a name for the corporation or use a "numbered company". There is no requirement for the corporation to have a name. You can incorporate a company using a number; for example "156954 B.C. Ltd.". Upon successful registration the Registrar will assign the next sequential number to the corporation as part of its name. A corporation incorporated in this way is a "numbered company".

Most people prefer to have a name for their corporation: to give it a unique identity, to avoid confusion with other corporations, and to give a general idea of the nature of the business to be carried on by the corporation. The name you intend to use must be approved by the Registrar and reserved by making the application for the name reservation.

You can order Name Reservation for BC Business or Corporation here - ($59.95)

To incorporate a corporation, you must prepare the following documents, some of which must be filed electronically with the Registrar of Companies:

  • Notice of Articles
  • Articles
  • Incorporation Agreement

Filing Application

You can request registration of BC corporation here

What fees are payable?

You can view our registration packages and fees here

Must I use a Lawyer to Incorporate?

There is no requirement to use a lawyer. You can complete the process on your own. However, you can request registration via our office and save yourself a lot of time and avoid many common mistakes associated with registration.


Request registration of BC corporation here

If you have any questions or require additional information please click here



Stay informed about Canadian Small Business Matters. Get frequent Tips about
running your business, making more sales and saving on taxes.
Sign up for our free Newsletter now.


Need assistance? Call us at (416) 649-8721 or use HelpDesk

Copyright Business Development Centre. All rights reserved.
User Agreement - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy