Corporate Registry

B.C. Companies

IMPORTANT REMINDER!

If your B.C. company was incorporated before March 29, 2004, you should have filed a Transition Application by March 28, 2006. If you have missed this deadline, find out more.

From this page you can download and print, to your own printer, Business Corporations Act forms and information packages for B.C. companies.

Forms are available to fill in online. For those forms which can be submitted to the Corporate Registry on paper, complete the form online, download to your printer, sign and date the form and then forward to our office, along with the required fee. Note that some forms have an instruction page(s) which should be printed and referenced during completion of the form online.


INCORPORATION

Business Number

Information Package:

Name Reservation:

The first step in incorporation of a B.C. company is the approval of the name through the Names Unit of the Corporate Registry. Once your name is approved, it is reserved for you for a period of 56 calendar days. Any renewals of the reservation period will require payment of another reservation fee.

A name will not be available if it is similar to the name of an existing company. This is so the public is not confused or mislead by similar corporate names.

Refer to Step One of either Steps to Incorporating a Company in British Columbia or Steps to Incorporating a Community Contribution Company in British Columbia or Steps to Incorporating an Unlimited Liability Company in British Columbia information package for procedure to apply for your name approval.

Documentation:

Unless you are instructed to do so by registry staff, the regulation under the Business Corporations Act requires the electronic version of the Incorporation Application to be filed on the Internet. Visit Corporate Online and complete your filing using a credit card or for BC OnLine customers, file using your BC OnLine account. Corporate Online has online help information to help you through the process.

If you are not able to file electronically, you may prepare the forms on paper and, once the forms are completed, contact a law firm or registry agent to submit the forms on your behalf.  You will be charged a service fee for filing. BC Registry Services’ Preferred Service Provider is Dye & Durham, which can be contacted at 1 800 665-6211 or at their website.

If you require assistance in preparing incorporation documents or advice on how to structure your company, you should seek advice from a lawyer.

Links to view the Business Corporations Act and Business Corporations Regulation:

The Table 1 Articles are available in the Business Corporations Regulation. Click here to view.

Forms - paper versions for your use prior to completing an online filing:

  • Form 1 Incorporation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. limited company)
  • Form 1C Incorporation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. community contribution company)
  • Form 1U Incorporation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)

Forms - paper filings:

  • Form 12 Conversion Application/Notice of Articles (This form is used to convert a special Act company into a B.C. limited company.)
  • Form 12C Conversion Application/Notice of Articles (This form is used to convert a special Act company into a B.C. community contribution company.)
  • Form 19 Notice of Withdrawal (This form is used to withdraw a future effective dated incorporation.)
  • Form 47 Application to Correct the Corporate Register
  • BN Form 1 Request for Your Business Number

TABLE 1 ARTICLES

The Table 1 articles of the Business Corporations Regulation were amended effective July 1, 2007.  Under section 261(2) of the Business Corporations Act, a company that has Table 1 articles, or adopted a provision of Table 1 articles, at the time the amendment comes into force effects a corresponding alteration to the company’s articles without the necessity for the company to pass a resolution to make that alteration.  If you incorporated your company prior to July 1, 2007 and adopted the Table 1 articles, or adopted provision 1.1, 2.5, 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 of the Table 1 articles, click here to print a copy of the amended Table 1 articles to include in your company minute book.

CONTINUATION INTO B.C.

Business Number

Information Package:

Name Reservation:

The first step in continuing a company into B.C. is the approval of the name through the Names Unit of the Corporate Registry. Once your name is approved, it is reserved for you for a period of 56 calendar days. Any renewals of the reservation period will require payment of another reservation fee.

A name will not be available if it is similar to the name of an existing company. This is so the public is not confused or mislead by similar corporate names.

Refer to the Information on Reserving Your Corporate Name information package for procedure to apply for your name approval.

To continue a foreign corporation into BC to become a BC limited company, the company can choose to use as its name, the incorporation number of the company followed by “B.C. Ltd.” (example, 123456 B.C. Ltd.)  If you choose to use the incorporation number as the company’s name, you do not need a name approval and reservation. 

To continue a foreign company into BC as a BC community contribution company, the community contribution company must have the words “Community Contribution Company” or the abbreviation “CCC” as part of its name. 

The foreign company can choose to use as its name, the incorporation number of the company followed by “B.C. Community Contribution Company Ltd.” (example, 123456 B.C. Community Contribution Company Ltd.)  If you choose to use the incorporation number as the community contribution company’s name, you do not need a name approval and reservation.

To continue a foreign unlimited liability corporation into BC to become a BC unlimited liability company, the unlimited liability company must have the words “Unlimited Liability Company” or the abbreviation “ULC” as part of and at the end of its name.  An unlimited liability company must not have the word “Limited”, “Limitée”, “Incorporated”, “Incorporée” or “Corporation” or the abbreviation “Ltd.”, “Ltée”, “Inc.” or “Corp.” as part of and at the end of its name.

The foreign unlimited liability company can choose to use as its name, the incorporation number of the company followed by “B.C. Unlimited Liability Company” (example, 123456 B.C. Unlimited Liability Company.)  If you choose to use the incorporation number as the unlimited liability company’s name, you do not need a name approval and reservation.

Documentation:

After your name has been reserved, and before a Continuation Application can be filed online electronically, written authorization from the foreign corporation's jurisdiction authorizing the corporation to continue into British Columbia must be mailed or faxed to the Corporations Unit.

The authorization is to be addressed to the Registrar of Companies in B.C. and is to clearly state the name of the corporation in its current jurisdiction, its corporate number assigned by the foreign jurisdiction and that the corporation is authorized by an official of that jurisdiction to continue into B.C. The submitting party must also attach to the authorization or indicate on the authorization letter, the name reservation number for the name that the foreign corporation has reserved in B.C. If the foreign corporation is currently registered in B.C. as an extraprovincial company, the authorization must also include the previous registration number assigned in B.C., e.g. A0123344.

Should an unlimited liability corporation under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta) be continuing into British Columbia, a director affidavit or court order is required by the registrar in addition to the authorization.  Refer to Item D on Form 16U for information on the director affidavit or court order.

Staff will notify the submitting party once the authorization(s) has(have) been received and processed.

Once you have received notification, the last step to continuing your company into B.C. is to complete the Continuation Application. Unless you are instructed to do so by registry staff, the regulation under the Business Corporations Act requires the electronic version of the application to be filed on the Internet. Note, if the foreign corporation into BC chooses to use the incorporation number of the company followed by “B.C. Ltd.”, “B.C. Community Contribution Company Ltd.” or “Unlimited Liability Company”, the Continuation Application must be submitted to the Corporate Registry in paper.  Electronic filing is not available. Visit Corporate Online and complete your filing using a credit card or for BC OnLine customers, file using your BC OnLine account. Corporate Online has online help information to help you through the process.

For customers who personally do not want to file electronically, you may prepare the forms on paper and, once the forms are completed, seek assistance from an agent in submitting the forms for you over the Internet.  A service fee for filing may be charged. BC Registry Services’ Preferred Service Provider is Dye & Durham, which can be contacted at 1 800 665-6211 or at their website.

Forms - paper versions for your use prior to completing an online filing:

  • Form 16 Continuation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. limited company)
  • Form 16C Continuation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. community contribution company)
  • Form 16U Continuation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)

Forms - paper filings:

  • Form 47 Application to Correct the Corporate Register
  • BN Form 1 Request for Your Business Number

CHANGES TO FILED INFORMATION (MAINTENANCE)

Information Packages:

General Information:

Once a company is incorporated, it is responsible for filing certain documents and associated fees with the registrar to maintain its active status. Refer to the Maintaining Your B.C. Company information sheet for additional information.

Forms - paper versions for your use prior to completing an online filing:

Unless you are instructed to do so by registry staff, the regulation under the Business Corporations Act requires the electronic version of the following to be filed on the Internet. Visit Corporate Online and complete your filing using a credit card or for BC OnLine customers, file using your BC OnLine account. Corporate Online has online help information to help you through the process.

If you are not able to file electronically, you may prepare the forms on paper and, once the forms are completed, contact a law firm or registry agent to submit the forms on your behalf.  You will be charged a service fee for filing. BC Registry Services’ Preferred Service Provider is Dye & Durham, which can be contacted at 1 800 665-6211 or at their website.

  • Form 2 Notice of Change of Address (This form is used to change the mailing and/or delivery address of the registered and/or records office.)
  • Form 6 Annual Report (Effective November 5, 2006, the Corporate Registry has reduced the number of annual report reminders that are sent by regular mail. If you are a BC OnLine client find out how you are affected by clicking here. For clients that pay by credit card, please click here.)
  • Form 10 Notice of Change of Directors
  • Form 11 Notice of Alteration (for a B.C. limited company)
  • Form 11C Notice of Alteration (for a B.C. community contribution company)
  • Form 11U Notice of Alteration (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)
  • Form 48 Notice of Alteration (from a BC Limited Company to Become a BC Unlimited Liability Company)
  • Form 49 Notice of Alteration (from a BC Unlimited Liability Company to Become a BC Limited Company)
  • Form 50 Notice of Alteration (from a BC Limited Company to Become a BC Community Contribution Company)

Forms - paper filings:

  • Form 3 Application to Transfer Registered Office
  • Form 4 Notice of Elimination of Registered Office
  • Form 5 Notice of Transfer of Records
  • Form 7 Notice of Appointment of Receiver or Receiver Manager
  • Form 8 Notice of Change of Address of Receiver or Receiver Manager
  • Form 9 Notice of Ceasing to Act as Receiver or Receiver Manager
  • Form 19 Notice of Withdrawal (This form is used to withdraw a future effective dated Notice of Alteration, Form 11 or to withdraw a Notice of Change of Address, Form 2.)
  • Form 47 Application to Correct the Corporate Register (This form is used to correct errors resulting from the online filing of a Form 2, Form 6, Form 10 or Form 11 above)
  • Form 6 Annual Report (This form is to be used for annual reports that are due for filing prior to January 26, 2002. For annual reports due on or after January 26, 2002, the annual report must be filed electronically by visiting Corporate Online. You will need the access code and company number to file electronically. If you do not have the access code or company number, contact the BC OnLine Help Desk at 250 953-8200 (Victoria local calls) or toll free at 1 800 663-6102.)

DELAY OF DISSOLUTION

If a B.C. company has received a "Notice of Commencement of Dissolution" letter and is still in active status, the company may request a delay of dissolution using Corporate Online by clicking on "Delay of Dissolution or Cancellation."

DISSOLUTION

Information Package:

Forms - paper versions for your use prior to completing an online filing:

Unless you are instructed to do so by registry staff, the regulation under the Business Corporations Act requires the electronic version of the Application for (Voluntary) Dissolution to be filed on the Internet. Visit Corporate Online and complete your filing using a credit card or for BC OnLine customers, file using your BC OnLine account. Corporate Online has online help information to help you through the process.

If you are not able to file electronically, you may prepare the forms on paper and, once the forms are completed, contact a law firm or registry agent to submit the forms on your behalf.  You will be charged a service fee for filing. BC Registry Services’ Preferred Service Provider is Dye & Durham, which can be contacted at 1 800 665-6211 or at their website.

  • Form 17 Application for (Voluntary) Dissolution (for a B.C. limited company)
  • Form 17C Application for (Voluntary) Dissolution (for a B.C. community contribution company) 
  • Form 17U Application for (Voluntary) Dissolution (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)

Forms - paper filings:

  • Form 18 Statement of Intent to Liquidate
  • Form 19 Notice of Withdrawal (This form is used to withdraw an Application for (Voluntary) Dissolution, Form 17 and a Statement of Intent to Liquidate, Form 18.)
  • Form 21 Notice of Appointment of Liquidator
  • Form 22 Notice of Change of Address of Liquidator (and/or Liquidation Records Office)
  • Form 23 Notice of Ceasing to Act as Liquidator
  • Form 24 Liquidation Report
  • Form 25 Application for (Liquidation) Dissolution (for a B.C. limited company)
  • Form 25C Application for (Liquidation) Dissolution (for a B.C. community contribution company)
  • Form 25U Application for (Liquidation) Dissolution (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)
  • Form 26 Notice of Location of Dissolved Company's Records - section 351(3)(a) repealed 2004-62-25 and form no longer required
  • Form 27 Notice of Change Respecting Dissolved Company's Records

RESTORATION

Information Packages:

Forms - paper filings:

  • Form 28 Restoration Application, Limited Restoration (for a B.C. limited company and a B.C. community contribution company)
  • Form 28U Restoration Application, Limited Restoration (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)
  • Form 30 Restoration Application, Full Restoration (for a B.C. limited company and a B.C. community contribution company)
  • Form 30U Restoration Application, Full Restoration (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)
  • BN Form 1 Request for Your Business Number

Form - paper version for your use prior to completing an online filing:

Unless you are instructed to do so by registry staff, the regulation under the Business Corporations Act requires the electronic version of the following to be filed on the Internet. Visit Corporate Online and complete your filing using a credit card or for BC OnLine customers, file using your BC OnLine account. Corporate Online has online help information to help you through the process.

If you are not able to file electronically, you may prepare the forms on paper and, once the forms are completed, contact a law firm or registry agent to submit the forms on your behalf.  You will be charged a service fee for filing. BC Registry Services’ Preferred Service Provider is Dye & Durham, which can be contacted at 1 800 665-6211 or at their website.

  • Form 32 Post-Restoration Transition Application

CHANGE OF CORPORATE NAME

Information Package:

Name Reservation:

The first step in changing your corporate name is the approval of the name through the Names Unit of the Corporate Registry. Once your name is approved, it is reserved for you for a period of 56 calendar days. Any renewals of the reservation period will require payment of another reservation fee.

A name will not be available if it is similar to the name of an existing company. This is so the public is not confused or mislead by similar corporate names.

Refer to the Information on Reserving Your Corporate Name information package for procedure to apply for your name approval.

Documentation:

Once your name has been approved, you need to file a Notice of Alteration. Unless you are instructed to do so by registry staff, the regulation under the Business Corporations Act requires the electronic version of the Notice to be filed on the Internet. Visit Corporate Online and complete your filing using a credit card or for BC OnLine customers, file using your BC OnLine account. Corporate Online has online help information to help you through the process.

For customers who personally do not want to file electronically, you may prepare the forms on paper and, once the forms are completed, seek assistance from an agent in submitting the forms for you over the Internet.  A service fee for filing may be charged. BC Registry Services’ Preferred Service Provider is Dye & Durham, which can be contacted at 1 800 665-6211 or at their website.

Form - paper version for your use prior to completing an online filing:

Forms - paper filings:

  • Form 19 Notice of Withdrawal (This form is used to withdraw a future effective dated Notice of Alteration, Form 11.)
  • Form 47 Application to Correct the Corporate Register

CONTINUATION OUT OF B.C.

Information Package:

Form - paper filing:

  • Form 45 Application for Authorization to Continue Out (for a B.C. limited company and a B.C. unlimited liability company)

Note, under section 51.99 of the Business Corporations Act, community contribution companies are prohibited from continuing out of B.C.

AMALGAMATION - REGULAR

Information Package:

Name Reservation:

The first step in amalgamation is the approval of the name through the Names Unit of the Corporate Registry. Once your name is approved, it is reserved for you for a period of 56 calendar days. Any renewals of the reservation period will require payment of another reservation fee.

A name will not be available if it is similar to the name of an existing company. This is so the public is not confused or mislead by similar corporate names.

Refer to the Information on Reserving Your Corporate Name information package for procedure to apply for your name approval.

When choosing a name, an amalgmamated limited company may use the incorporation number of the company followed by “B.C. Ltd.” (example, 123456 B.C. Ltd.)  If you choose to use the incorporation number as the company’s name, you do not need a name approval and reservation. 

An amalgamated community contribution company must have the words “Community Contribution Company” or the abbreviation “CCC” as part of its name. 

The amalgamated community contribution company can choose to use as its name, the incorporation number of the company followed by “B.C. Community Contribution Company Ltd.” (example, 123456 B.C. Community Contribution Company Ltd.)  If you choose to use the incorporation number as the community contribution company’s name, you do not need a name approval and reservation.

An amalgamated unlimited liability company must have the words “Unlimited Liability Company” or the abbreviation “ULC” as part of and at the end of its name.  An unlimited liability company must not have the word “Limited”, “Limitée”, “Incorporated”, “Incorporée” or “Corporation” or the abbreviation “Ltd.”, “Ltée”, “Inc.” or “Corp.” as part of and at the end of its name.

When choosing a name, an amalgamated unlimited liability company may use the incorporation number of the company followed by “B.C. Unlimited Liability Company” (example, 123456 B.C. Unlimited Liability Company.)  If you choose to use the incorporation number as the unlimited liability company’s name, you do not need a name approval and reservation.

Note, despite section 269 of the Business Corporations Act, a corporation must not amalgamate with a community contribution company unless the amalgamation results in an amalgamated community contribution company.

Documentation:

Once your name has been approved, you need to file an Amalgamation Application. Unless you are instructed to do so by registry staff, the regulation under the Business Corporations Act requires the electronic version of a regular amalgamation to be filed on the Internet. Visit Corporate Online and complete your filing using a credit card or for BC OnLine customers, file using your BC OnLine account. Corporate Online has online help information to help you through the process.

For customers who personally do not want to file electronically, you may prepare the forms on paper and, once the forms are completed, seek assistance from an agent in submitting the forms for you over the Internet.  A service fee for filing may be charged. BC Registry Services’ Preferred Service Provider is Dye & Durham, which can be contacted at 1 800 665-6211 or at their website.

Forms - paper versions for your use prior to completing an online filing:

  • Form 13 Amalgamation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. limited company)
  • Form 13C Amalgamation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. community contribution company)
  • Form 13U Amalgamation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)

Forms - paper filings:

  • Form 15 Application for Authorization for Amalgamation into a Foreign Jurisdiction (for a B.C. company or a B.C. community contribution company) 
  • Form 19 Notice of Withdrawal (This form is used to withdraw a future effective dated amalgamation application.)
  • Form 47 Application to Correct the Corporate Register

AMALGAMATION - VERTICAL OR HORIZONTAL

Documentation:

Unless you are instructed to do so by registry staff, the regulation under the Business Corporations Act requires the electronic version of the Application to be filed on the Internet. Visit Corporate Online and complete your filing using a credit card or for BC OnLine customers, file using your BC OnLine account. Corporate Online has online help information to help you through the process.

For customers who personally do not want to file electronically, you may prepare the forms on paper and, once the forms are completed, seek assistance from an agent in submitting the forms for you over the Internet.  A service fee for filing may be charged. BC Registry Services’ Preferred Service Provider is Dye & Durham, which can be contacted at 1 800 665-6211 or at their website.

Forms - paper versions for your use prior to completing an online filing:

  • Form 14 Short Form Amalgamation Application (Vertical and Horizontal) (for a B.C. limited company)
  • Form 14C Short Form Amalgamation Application (Vertical and Horizontal) (for a B.C. community contribution company)
  • Form 14U Amalgamation Application/Notice of Articles (for a B.C. unlimited liability company)

Forms - paper filings:

  • Form 19 Notice of Withdrawal (This form is used to withdraw a future effective dated amalgamation application.)
  • Form 47 Application to Correct the Corporate Register